Why Guillermo del Toro left 'The Hobbit' -- and Peter Jackson will not replace him as director

Over the last four years, there has scarcely been another project in Hollywood that has been more highly anticipated — and has weathered more back-room […] Read the full post.

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  • Ross

    What I find to be most interesting about this whole situation is that PJ spent weeks prior to this mess trying to squash rumors that the Hobbit was doomed because it lacked a release date by claiming so little work had actually been done so nothing was really wasted. Turns out years have been spent on this film already. Especially if creature, set and costume design is all done. I for one am devastated by the setback. The LOTR movies remain three of my favorites in my lifetime.

    • thin

      There is work and then there is work. Pre-production work involves a lot fewer man hours and equipment costs than shooting work does. Same with set and costume design. All they are at this point are sketches and blueprints. The majority of the costs for those come in once they start to actually create them.

      • NC

        Pre-production is absolutely work, it is costly and vital.
        A lot has been created for the Hobbit already, I can’t even imagine the R & D that’s gone into updating the CGI and motion capture technology, and I know wellington’s stages are filled with Hobbit work, and I hope this all gets sorted soon, losing a large film like this would really hurt Wellington and fans alike.

  • @Nomentionofkev

    Uwe Boll may be available…just kidding, just kidding!

  • Clayton

    Cuaron would be a good replacement. I really hope Jackson ends up taking it, despite his other commitments. Everyone would be thrilled if he ended up in the director’s chair. Plus, he needs another hit after the awful King Kong and Lovely Bones.

    • JOhnson

      I haven’t watched Lovely Bones, but I know for a fact that King Kong was NOT awful. Its direction – photography, especially – was truly classic.

  • D’s Advocate

    Surely it’ll be Neill Blomkamp (District 9). Bet on it.

    • Ian

      That was the first thing that came to mind for me. Del Toro and PJ are my first choices, but Blomkamp would be great as well, I think.

    • Andrew m

      Haha that would be good.

  • watts

    Neill Blomkamp
    – the guy Jackson wanting to direct a HALO movie

  • Bridget

    Neill Blomkamp!!!! genius

  • pastafarian

    … Terry Gilliam.

    • Snsetblaze

      Hmmm – Interesting idea – but his films are hit or miss.

    • SSU


  • paul

    what about david lynch george lucas speilberg,Fincher or David Cronenberg

    • Andrew m

      David Lynch- Maybe, but don’t think so.
      Lucas- I hope not
      Speilberg- don’t think he’s available (Tin-tin)
      Fincher- Not Avalible-(Social Network, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.)
      Cronenberg- I think he is making a movie right now.

      • Andrew m


  • a.

    not Burton!
    he’s a great director, but his style is too distinct for The Hobbit.

  • Celimene

    I’m gutted that del Toro isn’t directing this. I love his style, and think it would have been an ideal marriage of artist with material. In his absence, I agree that Cuaron would be an ideal choice. Gondry’s brand of whimsy could work against the tone established by Del Toro’s creative team, but it would still be a film I’d see. Blomkamp would also be an interesting choice.

  • adam

    those that say alfonso cauron need to re-read (or read) Harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban that movie was an insult to the book

  • Sandy

    Kevin Smith is the man! Let him do it.

  • Amy

    I think Sean Astin should direct it. He’s directed already and has worked with Jackson, knows his style. It would make people take him seriously as a director and hugely open up opportunities for him. People didn’t think much of Ron Howard and look what he did with Splash and Willow.

  • Emma

    Not Alfonso CuarĂ³n!! He totally messed up Prisoner of Azkaban! Sure, it’s was beautiful, but the story was ruined.

  • mufnman17

    two words: Quentin Tarantino

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