Belfast Telegraph

No Hobbit regrets for del Toro

Guillermo del Toro has revealed he has no regrets about not directing The Hobbit.

The Hellboy filmmaker was announced to helm the long-awaited Lord Of The Rings prequel in 2008, but made the decision to hand over the director's chair to collaborator Peter Jackson in June.

"I can tell you in my life, I try not to deal with regrets... I believe it was the best for me and the project," he told the Independent.

"I have a huge heartbreak. I have incredible sadness. I have disappointment. I have a piece of me that is dented forever. But no regrets. I don't believe in regrets."

The production, which has been delayed for several years due in part to financial problems, now has a tentative start date of February 2011, with Martin Freeman due to play lead hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

Guillermo, who premiered his latest film Biutiful with Javier Bardem (on which he was a producer) at the London Film Festival, suggested the potential move to New Zealand helped him make his decision.

"It was starting to weigh [on me] in a way that was not positive for me or the project," he continued.

"People need to fathom this - yes, of course a director sticks with a project for ten years... I've done it myself. But to relocate your entire family life for a period that long without any certainty that it will get made or when it will get made... it started to become very worrisome."


From Belfast Telegraph