Del Toro Discusses Remorse From Leaving Hobbit
It seems like a long time ago when we were reporting articles quoted by Guillermo Del Toro, the original hired director for The Hobbit movies, as there has been a lot of ups and downs since. It is great to have Peter Jackson on board, but there is a strong curiosity that brews among many Tolkien fans of just what Middle Earth would have been like through the creative eyes of Del Toro. We will still see touches of GDT’s vision, as many of the puppets created for the movie will remain in it.
ContactMusic recently caught up with Guillermo and asked him how the decision to leave the production has effected him. In response, this is what he said,
It’s the hardest decision I’ve ever taken. I have incredible heartache. I feel terrible about it. It’s very hard. It’s getting a little easier to talk about it, but essentially it’s like you’ve been recently widowed and everybody (is) asking you how exactly your wife died. It’s pretty morbid.
“There was no other choice, I kept postponing, I kept fending off the problems, I kept compartmentalizing, I kept with it, everything we could (do).
I’ll be able to watch it and (I will) probably enjoy it. But you know, with The Hobbit, I feel like the guy (survival mountain climber Aron Ralston) in the real-life experience that Danny Boyle just did his movie (127 Hours about). I was hanging by a thread on my arm for so long that at the end of the day you have to cut it off. Do I like having one arm less? No. But did I have to? Yes.”
It is very clear that the director did everything he could to remain a part of the project, but indeed there was just too many barriers. Del Toro will have the opportunity to make several more artistic masterpieces, but he had a great opportunity with The Hobbit movies.
In other news, New Line Cinema, MGM, and Warner Brothers released a combined “official” announcement regarding The Hobbit. Here is statement,
New Line, Warner Bros and MGM are pleased to have concluded successful discussions with the New Zealand government this past week. We’d like to thank Prime Minister Key, his Cabinet and the other dedicated New Zealand officials for their support and cooperation, which helped assuage our concerns and enabled us to keep The Hobbit in its proper home of New Zealand.
We’d also like to express very special appreciation to Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and the people of New Zealand for their tireless support of The Hobbit and their commitment to maintain and grow their vibrant film industry. Filming is scheduled to begin in February 2011 and we look forward to returning to Middle-earth.
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