Guillermo del Toro has opened up to Lord of the Rings fans about his decision to give up his directorial duties on The Hobbit. Del Toro posted an explanation inside the forums of TheOneRing.net:
"My commitment to the project demanded enormous sacrifices both in personal and professional terms. The consequences of which will ripple for years. I relocated my entire life and family to New Zealand and first came on board in 2008.
So- while the cited delays, contractual complexities or obstacles, cannot be attributed to a single event or entity - you will simply have to believe that they were of sufficient complexity and severity to lead to the current situation," writes del Toro.
Read the full post here.