Guillermo Del Toro quits The Hobbit

This news makes me happy. All those far more interesting GdT projects that could be better served with the mans time and attention over a needless ‘prequel’ (in two, possibly 3D films, no less) to the complete-on-its-own Lord of The Rings. Nobody wants to see a fine fantasy auteur waste his time on a cash cow. I am probably wrong on that last bit, but ah well. Hopefully some good and interesting cinema ahead from the big Mexican.

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Thank goodness. The Hobbit was a no win situation for Del Toro due to the fanboys. Even the film was excellent, a large segment of the fanboys would crucifix him, for straying away from the novels and Jackson's film style; after all, a large portion of the LOTR fanboys rejected the Jackson's film from straying away from the book.

Cinepiles should feel glad about the decision. The time that it would of required Del Toro to film The Hobbit, would be the ttime equivalent of Del Toro doing 2 (maybe even 3) lower-budget films. I rather see two Devil's Backbone/Pan's Labrynth type films than a mere blockbuster.


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I can't imagine how awful it must feel to spend two years of your life on something and then just walking away – although I assume that the screenplay and character designs he created/oversaw will remain as a big part of the film.

Who knows, maybe Jackson will jump back in the director's seat here. Or maybe Jackson's boy Bloomkamp?