“My commitment to the project demanded enormous sacrifices both in personal and professional terms,” he writes on TheOneRing.net. “The consequences of which will ripple for years.”
Del Toro, who called the departure “extremely painful,” refused to provide a blow-by-blow of what happened but did reiterate what exec producer Peter Jackson said last week: “other contractual obligations with multiple studios” as well as family responsibilities were primary reasons for leaving.
“Rarely do you relocate for such massive amount of time when you have major ironclad agreements to put in deep freeze,” he adds.
Del Toro is, of course, referring to his massive deal with Universal, which has the 45 year-old helmer attached to direct remakes of “Frankenstein,” “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide” and “Slaugterhouse-Five.”
In the end, it seems Del Toro got tired of waiting around in New Zealand while “The Hobbit” rights-owner MGM tries to resolve its financial crisis. That and the fact that his family, who relocated with him to the foreign country, were ready to leave.
“I believe these films will happen,” he reassures “Hobbit” fans, saying “preproduction continues as we speak.”