1) Why did it take so long?
'The Hobbit' adaptation was first announced back in 2007 and originally should have been finished by 2010. Unfortunately that wasn't to be, as the production was struck by one problem after another. Legal and financial woes were the major hurdles and an acting strike almost saw filming leave New Zealand. It was epic.
Good things come to those that wait... The Hobbit (Copyright: Warner Bros.)
2) What happened to Guillermo del Toro?
The movie's production difficulties meant that Guillermo del Toro — the 'Pan's Labyrinth' and 'Hellboy' helmer who was originally supposed to direct - left the project despite spending two years on pre-production. He announced his decision via TheOneRing saying:
"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. 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."
Vanishing act... Guillermo del Toro (Copyright: WENN)
Del Toro's incarnation of 'The
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