Director Guillermo Del Toro, perhaps my favorite director working right now, one of the few big time directors who can effortlessly combine spectacle, adventure, heart and danger into his films, has walked away from the two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit.
The project was taking too long to get off the ground, even with Peter Jackson (responsible for LOTR) as producer. Of course, as terrible as this news is, the silver lining is that Peter Jackson may step in for directing duties.
“If that’s what I have to do to protect Warner Brothers’ investment,” Jackson said, “then obviously that’s one angle which I’ll explore.”