The Hobbit Director Drops Out of the Project
The director of the anticipated films The Hobbit Part One and The Hobbit Part Two has dropped out of the project due to questions as to when the project would really start.
“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,” director Guillermo del Toro said in his announcement. “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.”
He will still co-write the screenplay with Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Phillippa Boyens. Del Toro has moved his family to New Zealand when he accepted to be at the helm of the project.
The director has other projects in line and does not want them to be put in jeopardy over the uncertainty of the future of The Hobbit films, which is dependent on the uncertain future of MGM. MGM has equal rights to feature the film along with New Line Cinema, the studio that brought The Lord of the Rings to the big screen.
The two films were supposed to be released on December 2012 and December 2013 respectively.