So Guillermo del Toro quits The Hobbit. When fans of the Peter Jackson-directed Lord of the Rings trilogy learned that Jackson woud only be involved in scriptwriting for a screen version of The Hobbit, a whole heap of people wept. Well, they probably didn’t actually weep real tears but a lot of people were definitely a bit down.
And so when it was announced that Guillermo del Toro, the man who made the mira et mirabilis (look at me using my GCSE Latin) Pan’s Labyrinth and inventively-realised Hellboy films, would be helming instead, movie fans breathed a collective sigh of relief.
But now he’s relinquishing directing duties. All because, apparently, they can’t set a release date for the film, with the MGM wranglings continuing to put a spanner in the works. What a great phrase. I love a well-worn phrase/saying/cliche/metaphor. Brilliant.
Del Toro will, however, carry on with the co-writing of the screenplays with Peter Jackson, Jackson’s wife Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.
Anyway, there’s some interesting breaking news. I wonder what will happen to the film now…