Hobbit: Del Toro No Moro

This news totally bums me out. I think Guillermo del Toro was absolutely the perfect match for the next chapter of middle-earth films. His imagination and creativity has made the Hellboy franchise one of my favorite comicbook to film adaptations. Del Toro doesn’t rely on CGI to give his creatures life. Instead, old school tricks and hand-crafted puppetry give his films a distinct voice which would have lended itself perfectly to Bilbo and his cronies.

Deadline:

I would have bet that Peter Jackson would be the one to step back into the director’s chair because there have been rumblings about this lately. But his manager, Ken Kamins, tells me this is absolutely not a possibility.

Toro’s Statement:

“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 cowriter 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.”

EW:

Just last Friday, Del Toro told press in a conference call promoting Splice (which he is exec producing) that the uncertainty surrounding MGM’s future means that The Hobbit has no official greenlight and cannot move forward. “We have been caught in a very tangled negotiation,” Del Toro said. “Now I have been on the project for nearly two years. We have designed all the creatures, the sets, the wardrobe, animatics and planned action sequences and we are very, very prepared for when it is finally triggered. We don’t know anything until the MGM situation is resolved.”

Sad, Sad news.

tags: guillermo del toro, peter jackson, the hobbit

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