"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," del Toro told a Lord of the Rings fan website. "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," he said, stressing that the production of the movie did not receive the green light from MGM (Via Yahoo Movies).
Oh damn diddly-doo-dah, I was really looking forward to this. Hope they find a decent director (actually, let's hope they find any director).
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