‘Hobbit’ director Guillermo del Toro quits from the prequel to ‘Lord of the Rings’

June 1st, 2010 - 8:32 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

guillermo Wellington, Jun 1 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Guillermo del Toro, the Hollywood director who was directing the prequel to ‘Lord Of The Rings’ has declined his position because of studio delays and schedule clashes. Guillermo had already moved to New Zealand to start the filming for the movie. The movie was expected to be released by December 2012. He also added that this was ‘the hardest decision of his life’.

The deadline though might be in danger, and that is why Guillermo said he decided to quit. MGM is reportedly bankrupt and their sad financial situation has stalled the progress of the project for quite sometime. It is estimated that the deadline of the project might be extended by at least three more years.

Guillermo, who sort of shifted to New Zealand, with his wife and child, has directed other movies like “Hellboy” and “Pan’s Labyrinth”. Guillermo however assured that he would continue to co-write the screenplay with the others. The other screenplay co-writers include Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyens.

However the cash-strapped production house MGM has announced they are looking for a replacement for Guillermo on the project. The “Hobbit” is the prequel to the hit movie “Lord Of The Rings”.

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