Guillermo del ToroOne week after he announced that he will no longer be directing the highly anticipated 'Hobbit' movie, director Guillermo del Toro posted an update today on TheOneRing.net to elaborate on his decision to leave the project.

"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," he said in a statement.

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Del Toro added that leaving New Zealand and the Hobbit crew is "extremely painful," but assured fans that his goal is to "try and ensure the best possible transition of the movie to a new director." Guillermo del ToroOne week after he announced that he will no longer be directing the highly anticipated 'Hobbit' movie, director Guillermo del Toro posted an update today on TheOneRing.net to elaborate on his decision to leave the project.

"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," he said in a statement.

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Del Toro added that leaving New Zealand and the Hobbit crew is "extremely painful," but assured fans that his goal is to "try and ensure the best possible transition of the movie to a new director."

"I believe these films will happen," he said confidently. "Preproduction continues as we speak. The writing team of [Peter Jackson],[Fran Walsh], [Philippa Boyens] and myself will keep moving the screenplays forward."

Read the full statement at TheOneRing.net.

In his original statement last Monday, del Toro said, "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," noting the film still hadn't been given the green light by MGM, the struggling Hollywood studio.
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