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‘Hobbit’ Director Calls it Quits, Film Taking too Long…

Guillermo del Torro has just thrown in the towel in regards to his director role in the upcoming ‘Hobbit’ films.  I guess that kind of sucks.  The main reasons for him quitting were that the film still hasn’t been given the go ahead from MGM.  This is mainly because MGM has many issues of its own, with money problems being chief among them.  del Torro told a ‘Lord of the Rings’ website the following,  “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,” “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’s a bummer and a half.  Will this movie ever get made?  I hate executives, argh!  At least it sounds like tons of work has been done on the film, but it may all be for not if this thing never gets the green light from MGM.  Guillermo said the following in regards to the work completed on the film, “We have designed all the creatures. We’ve designed the sets and the wardrobe. We have done animatics and planned battles sequences … We are very, very prepared for when it is finally triggered.”

Maybe Peter Jackson will use some of his own money to finance it.  Who knows, I just want this movie to get made.  How can it not?  Jackson’s LOTR franchise made New Line like a jillion dollars, so some studio will surely pick it up, right?  I mean what white guy in a suit doesn’t love making tons of money?  You’ve been let down again Hobbit lovers…

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Via [YahooNews]

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