Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Splice Opens June 4th: 4 New Clips | Guillermo del Toro Bids Farewell to 'The Hobbit'

The Guillermo del Toro executive produced Splice, starring Adrian Brody and Sarah Polley opens in theaters Friday, June 4, 2010.

The sci-fi thriller is about two genetic engineers who Splice DNA from different animals to create new species. When they secretly use human DNA to create a highly intelligent creature, they risk losing control over the entire experiment.

The film is rated R for disturbing elements including strong sexuality, nudity, sci-fi violence and language.

Check out 4 new Splice clips after the jump.

Behind the scenes interview with Guillermo del Toro, Vincenzo Natali, Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody

Official Site

Previous Splice Coverage:

Two New 'Splice' TV Spots

New 'Splice' Full Length Movie Trailer & Official Website

'Splice' Hits Theatres This Summer

Silver Dark Castle 'Splice' Sundance Deal Going Down

'SPLICE' F--KS With Sundance Midnight Screening Audience In A Good Way

Vincenzo Natali & Guillermo del Toro's 'Splice' Premieres at Sitges Today | Watch Clip

Guillermo del Toro 'Spliced': Vincenzo Natali's SPLICE To Premiere In Sitges

Guillermo del Toro Bids Farewell to The Hobbit

By now you may have heard the sad news that Guillermo del Toro has departed The Hobbit due his frustration over the fact the project has not yet received the green light to film. This three year commitment, turned into a six year commitment. The two Hobbit scripts he co-wrote are finished. Creatures, wardrobe and makeup have been finalized. The team is awaiting the green light from the studio to start shooting. The sale of MGM studios has to happen before the film can get green lit. Who knows when that will be!

In a press release posted by TORN GDT had this to say . . .

“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”, says Guillermo. “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. I remain grateful to Peter, Fran and Philippa Boyens, New Line and Warner Brothers and to all my crew in New Zealand. I’ve been privileged to work in one of the greatest countries on earth with some of the best people ever in our craft and my life will be forever changed. The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wish the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director”.

Peter Jackson made it perfectly clear: Guillermo has other long term commitments for other projects and just could not continue to wait. “We feel very sad to see Guillermo leave the Hobbit, but he has kept us fully in the loop and we understand how the protracted development time on these two films, due to reasons beyond anyone’s control – has compromised his commitment to other long term projects”, says Executive Producer Peter Jackson. “The bottom line is that Guillermo just didn’t feel he could commit six years to living in New Zealand, exclusively making these films, when his original commitment was for three years."

The good news is that GTD can get back to working on this great slate of films in various stages of development: AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, HATER, CHAMPIONS, SATURN AND THE END OF DAYS, PINNOCHIO, DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING, THE WITCHES, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, FRANKENSTEIN and DROOD. Its anyone's guess what project will go next. Welcome home Guillermo!

Previous The Hobbit Coverage:

Guillermo del Toro Reveals the Reasons Behind 'The Hobbit' Delays

'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

'THE HOBBIT' (Part I): MGM Studios CASTING information in New Zealand, LA and London

Production on THE HOBBIT Pushed to Mid-Summer 2010

Guillermo Del Toro's Monster Cameo Appearance in 'The Hobbit'

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