May 31st 2010 15:53
The Mexican director Guillermo del Toro has worked on the follower to Lord of the Rings for a serious amount of years by now. A project that has suffered delays and other difficulties during production. The producer Peter Jackson has tried to calm everyone in interviews, stating that everything is in order and no one needs to worry, however that doesn't seem to be the case.
Del Toro has decided to leave The Hobbit, something he confirmed himself the other day:
"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."
That doesn't include his collaboration with Jackson in making the movie since he after all has spent at least two years in creating the fantastical world that would be The Hobbiy (and probably in some extent will be).
Having said that it's a shame we never get to see the finished movie as Del Toro had envisioned it, but at the same time maybe it's the right move on his part. He has been forced to turn down several projects that might have been even more personal to him than the franchise that is The Lord of the Rings.
Finally he can finish some movies instead of just planning them.