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‘The Hobbit’ Moving Forward; Guillermo Del Toro Out, Peter Jackson In

The long delayed big screen version of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Hobbit will be directed by Peter Jackson. Despite the fact that Jackson has always seemed the obvious choice to direct, he had initially assumed the mantle of executive producer. The project was moving forward with Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pans Labyrinth) at the helm, until further delays caused the director to rethink his involvement in bringing the classic tale to life. He said, via the Lord of the Rings fan site, The One Ring:

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.

In an interview with Collider, Del Toro discussed whether he thinks any of his contributions will be carried over into finished film. He said:

I think as far as I’m concerned they should feel free to use anything that I designed. I think if they like anything or they want to change anything they can. You know, Peter, Fran [Walsh] , Phillipa [Boyens] and I had a really great time and we were in agreement on the visual direction of the movie, so I don’t expect a brutal transition all of a sudden. But you never know. As it should be with any movie, it’s up to the director.

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