Director Guillermo Del Toro has reportedly quit the eagerly anticipated movie, The Hobbit, over production delays.
D > >el Toro was handpicked by film-maker Jackson – who himself directed the Lord Of The Rings trilogy – to direct the two-part prequel. But the Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth director, who blamed the “pressures of conflicting schedules” for his decision to quit, has been forced to withdraw after the project was put on hold.>
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Del Toro reportedly told a Lord Of The Rings fan website:
“In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming The Hobbit, I am faced with the hardestdecision 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.”
> > >However, he will continue to co-write the screeplays with Jackson, his wife Fran Walsh and producer Philippa Boyens.>>>
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