Blackwolf the Dragonmaster's Diary of Magecraft

Being a Chronicle of the Inner Secrets of, and Spells of Magick as Wielded by, the Philosopher of the Internet and Unofficial Sorcerer-in-Residence of the City of New York

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Further Update on the Hobbit Movie: The Fall and Rise?

Guillermo del Toro has just informed that he has decided not to direct the proposed Hobbit movie --- and there is possible speculation that, in order to save the project, Peter Jackson may be forced to direct the film himself!

As Gandalf tried to explain yesterday when he guest-blogged hither, my children, the continued financial dire straits surrounding MGM, along with related production delays, have caused Maestro del Toro to rethink his priorities. As it is, del Toro stated to TORn's Quickbeam that his leaving the film was "the hardest decision he had to make." Clearly it was indeed difficult. He had, after all, other commitments to other films; but he was determined nonetheless not to disappoint all of us Hobbit fans. del Toro, will continue to be connected to the project as screenwriter, along with PJ, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.

But as reported a few moments ago, the Wellington, New Zealand Chamber of Commerce had "many millions of dollars" riding on the future of the project, and that any further delays could push back the start of principal photography well into next year. The Stuff article went on to say that PJ was in talks to seek out replacement directors but would not rule out taking on the job himself, saying: "If that's what I have to do to protect Warner Bros.' investment, then obviously that's one angle which I'll explore." To so do might possibly jeopardize his commitment to his two-part Tintin project with Spielberg, Jackson acknowledged. "The other studios may not let me out of their contracts."

PJ apparently was unfamiliar with the MGM situation, stating: "They [MGM] are in no position to do that .... I would imagine it has been a significant factor in the whole thing. I know it's been very frustrating for everybody." But, with MGM over $3 billion in debt, the likelihood may be that, if certain matters are allowed to happen, sooner or later, someone will be forced to pull the plug on The Hobbit. And that would not surprise your Dragonmaster, dearests. My only suggestion, as I posted mere moments ago on Master Richard's Facebook presence, is that we all accept the fact that we're just gonna hafta be stuck with Rankin/Bass' 1977 The Hobbit for the foreseeable future --- and there ain't a damn thing you or I can do about it. 'Nuff said.

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Master Blackwolf