Director Guillermo del Toro Leaves “The Hobbit”
8:42 pm, May 30th, 2010
The Hobbit will have a new honcho.
Guillermo del Toro announced on Sunday that he is no longer going to direct the highly anticipated two-part prequel to Lord of the Rings.
“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,” Del Toro said on J.R.R. Tolkien fan site TheOneRing.net.
“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.”
Del Toro delivered dazzling visuals as the director of Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy movies.
A replacement has not been named.
The films are still scheduled to be released in December 2012 and December 2013.
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