Monday, May 31, 2010
DEL TORO QUITS AS DIRECTOR OF THE HOBBIT
The decision came as Del Toro, originally contracted for three years work here in New Zealand, was having to look at a total of six years exclusively in order to see film, which has yet to be officially greenlit by a financially troubled MGM, through to its final stages. With the movie looking to encroach on his other projects, the Mexican filmmaker had to make what he described in a press release as "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'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."
Del Toro steps aside, having helped in a large volume of completed pre-production. All the creatures have been designed, as have the sets and wardrobe. Animatics are done and battle sequences planned.
Sir Peter Jackson will meet with MGM to discuss a new director later this week, and doesn't anticipate any delay to the ongoing production work on the prequels, which are due to be released in 2012 and 2013.