Del Toro Is No Longer The Director Of The Hobbit

June 2nd, 2010 - 8:02 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

guillermo-del-toro-006 June 2, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): According to the reports available, Guillermo Del Toro is no longer directing the two movies based on JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. But he will continue to co-write the screenplays of the film.

Del Toro said, “I am taking the hardest decision of my life as I quit as the director of The Hobbit. The ongoing delays have made me bound to take this decision.”

The director had to stay in New Zealand to direct The Hobbit, which had been already postponed for many years. Del Toro could not continue to stay there for such a long time as the project is expected to last more than the original expectation. Executive producer Peter Jackson informed about this reason behind Del Toro’s quitting.

The constant financial troubles faced by the film studio, has barred The Hobbit from getting an official green signal from MGM. Del Toro described the project as “an absolute dream come true” for him, when he was offered to direct the film in 2008.

The Hobbit was supposed to be divided into two films, which are expected to be released in 2012 and 2013. Both will be the prequels to Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, which has already won Oscar.

Del Toro is well-known for his work on the Hellboy movies and the Oscar-winning Pan’s Labyrinth.

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