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Old May 31 2010, 12:15 AM   #1
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Guillermo del Toro exits "The Hobbit"

This sucks. Apparently because of the delay, and the time it would take for del Toro to make the films -- taking into consideration the two years he's already spent working on the film with WETA, Peter Jackson, et. al -- was too much for Pan's Labrynth director Guillermo del Toro who exits the two Hobbit films currently in pre-production.

http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/new...the-hobbit.php

Purportedly the decision to leave was amicable, and solely del Toro's decision, and the transition to find a new director will be "seamless and uneventful". Del Toro will continue to work with Jackson, WETA and the production while he finishes co-writing the script and then will leave the production. During that time, del Toro, Jackson, and WB/MGM will find a new director for the film.

First James Bond, and now Lord of the Rings. Yet another casualty for MGM during this legal crisis.
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Old May 31 2010, 12:32 AM   #2
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Brett Ratner is sitting by his phone right now waiting for them to call him.
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Old May 31 2010, 12:34 AM   #3
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Bring back Roger Corman!

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Old May 31 2010, 01:07 AM   #4
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Personally at this point I would just like to see Peter actually direct this.
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Old May 31 2010, 01:11 AM   #5
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Wow, that's quite a bombshell. I agree that the best outcome would be for Jackson to step in and direct it himself.
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Old May 31 2010, 01:13 AM   #6
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Re: Guillermo del Toro exits "The Hobbit"

Such a pity. I don't understand how people can love money when it directly ruins potentially good stuff like this.

You'd think MGM would be getting more offers than it is. What other studio wouldn't want to own the Rings and Bond cash cows? How much backdoor wheeling, dealing, and screwing over is really going on with this company? Its so frustrating to follow these reports with all the back and forth and legalese about who's what.

Maybe if the right director shows interest it will spark some studio movement. I don't blame del Toro, though. He's got other things to do. The scary thing would be when any scripting ceases, or Jackson halts the pre work and all. Pity.
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Old May 31 2010, 01:27 AM   #7
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Gore Verbinski for director!
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Old May 31 2010, 01:40 AM   #8
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HAven't been that impressed with anything he has done, sorry for you avatar.
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Old May 31 2010, 01:44 AM   #9
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This sucks. I was looking forward to seeing del Toro's take on it. I hope they find somebody good to replace him.
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Old May 31 2010, 01:47 AM   #10
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HAven't been that impressed with anything he has done, sorry for you avatar.
I was half joking.

Verbinski is pretty busy right now, but it would have been interesting to see the Hobbit movies with his brand of humor.

If they get someone new, it needs be someone who has worked on a big movie before. They just can't pick up some random no name director.
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Old May 31 2010, 01:48 AM   #11
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I hear Jonathan "Thunderbirds" Frakes is available.
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Old May 31 2010, 01:52 AM   #12
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Alfonso Cuaron!
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Old May 31 2010, 02:07 AM   #13
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Bryan Singer!

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Old May 31 2010, 02:31 AM   #14
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Bryan Singer!

I kid. I kid.
Might as well go all the way and get Brett Ratner.
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Old May 31 2010, 02:34 AM   #15
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Re: Guillermo del Toro exits "The Hobbit"

Does this mean GMT will now go and do 'At The Mountains of Madness' and possibly 'Hellboy 3'? If so then I'd call that a fair trade off...but only just!

Guillermo felt like such a natural fit for 'The Hobbit' I have no idea who they'd use to replace him? That is, assuming Jackson is still certain he doesn't want the director's chair again (and who could blame him?)

Neill Blomkamp may be an obvious choice given he already has a pretty good relationship with Jackson and his Weta companies, but I doubt he'd do it. Bryan Singer might actually not be such a bad choice, in all seriousness. His geek credentials are solid and he has a proven track record at making very good films with ensemble casts.
Whoever they get, it needs to be someone who's willing to get on-board with the work that's already been done and not the type to run roughshod over the development material just to put their own stamp on it, but that's a worse case scenario of course. I suppose it's also possible that one of the Weta 2nd unit or ADs have the chops for it.
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