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Guillermo del Toro has just delivered another blow to The Hobbit. After more than a handful of production delays, Guillermo del Toro has decided that he'd no longer like to direct the movie.
Del Toro Exits The Hobbit
The announcement took everybody by surprise, with Del Toro making the announcement on TheOneRing website. He also went on to mention that he will stay with the project in other capacities, including his responsibilities of co-writing a working script.
"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," Del Toro said in a statement. "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 then added, "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," he added. "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."
Del Toro did earlier hint of a number of problems that orbited around the production, most of which that centered on MGM's current financial troubles. Without a resolution in site, at least in the short run, the director decided that it best to bow out.
If you're looking for good news involving The Hobbit, Guillermo del Toro was sure to point out that sets have been designed and battles have been planned. So progress is still being made.