TheOneRing.net reports that Oscar®-winning filmmaker and TheOneRing.net message board member Guillermo del Toro elaborated on the pre-pre-production state of a pair of The Hobbit films and the MGM situation.
Chatting up the regulars he said:
But know these facts:
-NO delays have been caused by “discussing” or “adapting” 3-D.
-Can’t close deals with actors without a green light.
-Can’t give a green light to the project when one of the studios is going through a “to be or not to be” auction moment.
For good or bad this project has demanded for so much to be solved before it gets going. So, the Phil Connors syndrome is met with great empathy.
He referenced the Groundhog Day movie while confirming and elaborating on this report. In the movie, Phil Connors a TV weatherman (played by Bill Murray) finds himself repeating the same day over and over again while covering a Groundhog Day event.
The MGM situation and the two “Hobbit” films’ fate are bound together. See links below for more information.
'The Hobbit' News: WETA's Richard Taylor on 3D Hobbit | Time-Warner Tops MGM Bids
Production on THE HOBBIT Pushed to Mid-Summer 2010
MGM on the Verge of Bankruptcy |'The Hobbit' & James Bond in Jeopardy