Del Toro Off the Hobbit Movies!

In an exclusive on The One Ring, it was announced that Guillermo Del Toro will not be directing the two planned “Hobbit” films.  Here’s Guillermo’s explanation:

In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming “The Hobbit,” I am faced with the hardest decision of my life … After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures. I remain grateful to Peter, Fran and Philippa Boyens, New Line and Warner Brothers and to all my crew in New Zealand. I’ve been privileged to work in one of the greatest countries on earth with some of the best people ever in our craft and my life will be forever changed. The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wish the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director.

Okay, but what’s the really story?  We’ll grant that devoted six years to such a project might put a crimp in Guillermo’s filmmaking output.  But these are virtually guaranteed hits.  And as talented as Guillermo is, he hasn’t had many hits.   So we feel that there’s more going on here than just the time issue.

What do you think?

And, while we’re asking question, do you think this makes it increasingly likely that these films will never be made?


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