Guillermo Del Toro leaves “The Hobbit”


After two years of pre-production and no set start date, Guillermo Del Toro has stepped down as director of The Hobbit. The fantasy director/producer extraordinaire broke the news to Lord of the Rings fan site, stating that he simply did not have the extra time due to conflicting schedules, that the film needed.

Del Toro will remain a co-writer until the script is finished, but executive producer Peter Jackson said, “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.”

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