Guillermo Del Toro Not Directing The Hobbit

Filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Cronos) was slated to direct two feature films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. He was already to go! And now, he's not.

Late last week, the director told website /Film that movie studio MGM was holding up the project: "We have been caught in a very tangled negotiation…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."

Now, it seems the director has moved on from the project. He will still be writing the films, but he will not be behind the camera.

Del Toro called the decision "the hardest" of his life. "The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project," Del To. 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."

The project is being executive produced by Peter Jackson, who did The Lord of the Rings films and was previously attached to the big screen version of Halo.

Guillermo Del Toro departs "The Hobbit" [TheOneRing][Pic]


    "Filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Cronos)..." Seriously? No mention that he was the writer/ director of Pan's Labyrinth? This is pretty terrible news though, I was looking forward to these movies

    This close to filming to be held up by business dealings is pretty weak. Oh well fingers crossed it all gets resolved soon.

    Maybe, just maybe Jackson will take over when everything is resolved down the line.... but I'm not holding my breath.

    He never gets mentioned as the writer/director of Pan's Labyrinth, despite the fact that its a fantastic film (and FAR better IMHO than Hellboy). I think it's because it was a foreign language film , and where I live that means almost no-one's ever heard of it.. :(

    Whilst this is sad news - i mean i would have really liked to see the world in the eyes of someone else besides Jackson (even though he is exec. producer). But with the talent of Del Toro, I know he would have done the story and world justice but in his own way.

    That would have been really great.

    But hopefully MGM now just give it all to Jackson - who truly deserves it. He has the dedication of being in NZ for at least 6 years for this work. Just give it to him and stop being stubborn.

    The only reason Del Toro got the job was because MGM were still selfish over Peter Jackson suing for being under-paid. I was thankful he at least got exec. producer, but this is seriously his franchise.

    Give it to Jackson, start it now and everything will be perfect yet again!

    Nothing personal, but Hellboy isn't in the same league as we're expecting for the Hobbit.

    Just stop pretending you don't want Peter Jackson directing it already, and get on with making the damn movie...

    Oh, and 'hardest decision of my life' ?
    Someone has had a pretty cushy life then...

      You clearly haven't seen Pan's Labyrinth or The Devil's Backbone.

    If Jackson dosen't want it but still gets a say in who directs, I'm hoping for Neil Blomkamp.

    Dammit. The only filmmaker I can think of who might have been able to fill Jackson's shoes for these movies.

    So who's next? My vote goes to Ang Lee.

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