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secretsquirrely
05-31-2010, 01:24 AM
It looks like the long and turbulent history of trying to bring J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit to the screen has hit another bump in the road as director Guillermo del Toro, who has been working on the script and preproduction for the planned two films with Executive Producer Peter Jackson for close two years, today announced that he was dropping out as director. This was done as a statement to TheOneRing.net which follows:

"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 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."

Executive Producer Peter Jackson added:

"We feel very sad to see Guillermo leave the Hobbit, but he has kept us fully in the loop and we understand how the protracted development time on these two films, due to reasons beyond anyone's control – has compromised his commitment to other long term projects. The bottom line is that Guillermo just didn't feel he could commit six years to living in New Zealand, exclusively making these films, when his original commitment was for three years. Guillermo is one of the most remarkable creative spirits I've ever encountered and it has been a complete joy working with him. Guillermo's strong vision is engrained into the scripts and designs of these two films, which are extremely fortunate to be blessed with his creative DNA."

"Guillermo is co-writing the Hobbit screenplays with Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh and myself, and happily our writing partnership will continue for several more months, until the scripts are fine tuned and polished. New Line and Warner Bros will sit down with us this week, to ensure a smooth and uneventful transition, as we secure a new director for the Hobbit. We do not anticipate any delay or disruption to ongoing pre-production work."

The two statements seem fairly self-explanatory, but it's a shocking decision in the light of del Toro's recent statement on the project being on indefinite hold until the issues with MGM's ownership are resolved. The news is especially surprising considering how long del Toro has been in New Zealand already working on the project, forsaking numerous other projects which he hoped to direct after finishing Hellboy 2: The Golden Army two years ago. Jackson on the other hand seems confident they can find another director and keep things rolling forward, although the first movie has already been pushed back an entire year and there seems to be no end in sight for a resolution to the status of MGM, who owns the rights to "The Hobbit," part of which kept Peter Jackson from making that movie after his hugely successful "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Deadline has added more to the story, essentially confirming that Peter Jackson wouldn't step into the director's chair himself with a quote from Jackson's manager Ken Kamins:

"Peter has and has had obligations and commitments to other films that would make it impossible for him to direct The Hobbit at this time, even if it was offered, which it hasn't been. "I've been quietly working on setting up a film for him to direct while Guillermo would have been directing The Hobbit. What you saw in their respective statements must be taken at face value. All of that said, Peter and Fran's commitment to The Hobbit is total and they will do everything necessary to protect the franchise and the investment made by New Line, Warners and MGM."

- source: http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=66547
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Well this really sucks :/ I was looking forward to seeing what he would add to the table. I got so excited when I read an interview with him that he mentioned his designs for Smaug. Let's hope they keep his pre-production work.

ImNotJesus
05-31-2010, 01:57 AM
Thats such a pity that Peter Jackson is still unlikely to take the directing role. Mind you, I had faith in Guillermo del Toro's vision in the first place.

secretsquirrely
05-31-2010, 02:04 AM
^Same here. I get exactly what you mean. I have all faith in del Toro and adore his work, but it's clear that Jackson is the man for the job. It would have been like George Lucas letting Spielberg do The Phantom Menace. Though bad ass, it would have also felt weird. I just hope they find someone competent to do this and not a muck up (I'm looking at you Joe Johnston, ugh).

21Faces
05-31-2010, 02:32 AM
This is immensely disappointing for me, as I love Del Torro's work. I must confess I am really not a fan of Jackson at all. King Kong was pretty cool, but I only like the first LOTR- and The Lovely Bones barely functioned as an actual movie. Also, Lucas is a great visionary but a terrible director and an even worse writer. If Spielberg HAD directed Phantom Menace it might actually have been good. But I agree Joe Johnston would also be a bad choice. Terry Gilliam could probably do something interesting with it- or they could stick with the Mexicans and go with Cuarón. I think he showcased a great ability to create environments of fantastic depth with Children of Men.

Peaches
05-31-2010, 08:32 AM
SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTT.
Having Guillermo Del Toro direct it was the best thing that could have happened for this film, and now he's not.......*EXTREME DISAPPOINTMENT*

R_Flagg
05-31-2010, 10:04 AM
Well, didn't Del Toro give up on directing At The Mountains of Madness for this? Maybe he'll go back to that now, would be great to see a good Lovecraft film.

secretsquirrely
05-31-2010, 04:11 PM
Well, didn't Del Toro give up on directing At The Mountains of Madness for this? Maybe he'll go back to that now, would be great to see a good Lovecraft film.

I belive hiatus is the proper word for that one actually. I read a full interview with him about Splice, as he produced that, and they asked if certain elements in the storytelling of Splice were ideas he may want to use in At The Mountains of Madness. To which he replied, no, but he does definitely have his own surreal and disturbing ideas for it. So either this interview was conducted way early and released late, or the project is simply in limbo.

S.Hal0mega.B
06-11-2010, 08:18 AM
This is immensely disappointing for me, as I love Del Torro's work. I must confess I am really not a fan of Jackson at all. King Kong was pretty cool, but I only like the first LOTR- and The Lovely Bones barely functioned as an actual movie. Also, Lucas is a great visionary but a terrible director and an even worse writer. If Spielberg HAD directed Phantom Menace it might actually have been good. But I agree Joe Johnston would also be a bad choice. Terry Gilliam could probably do something interesting with it- or they could stick with the Mexicans and go with Cuarón. I think he showcased a great ability to create environments of fantastic depth with Children of Men.

Every word you said is not of your opinion, but of fact :) Period bitches. :)

ImNotJesus
06-11-2010, 08:23 AM
^ I can't possibly see whats wrong with Jackson...at all!

He's had some duds but jesus christ, I know a lot of it is politics, but a bajillion Oscars doesn't lie! The Lord of the Rings is one of the greatest trilogies of all time. THAT is fact.

Cerebrot
07-27-2010, 09:32 AM
Peter Jackson should do it if Guellermo isn't going to. Shame. I hope that they don't have M. Knight Shymymoviessuck doing it.

EDIT: Typo. I'm dyslexic.

S.Hal0mega.B
07-28-2010, 12:19 AM
^ I can't possibly see whats wrong with Jackson...at all!

He's had some duds but jesus christ, I know a lot of it is politics, but a bajillion Oscars doesn't lie! The Lord of the Rings is one of the greatest trilogies of all time. THAT is fact.

I know its a fact that oscars lie all the time sunshine. :) Enjoy your lack of righteousness.

I enjoyed the 1st LOTR but sadly they developed more and more into an SGI [the TV Sci Fi series] style of acting with CGI that was pulled off better in Jurrassic Park, a decade before. Oscars lie because there are plenty of brilliant 'oscar worthy' [sighs to himself for saying that] films that have gone completely without one. The point is yes each to their own but oscars justify nothing more than an MTV award does, it just makes people more tainted and thus believers in the 'talents' present or not in the winner.

I think the years spent in NZ on the production should have produced something of a better trilogy. Shows the 'depth'.

But yes Peter Jackson is quite capable of directing decent films, just not all the time.