In April 2008 Guillermo del Toro was officially announced as director of The Hobbit in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series alongside executive producer Peter Jackson. Del Toro stated that “Contributing to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ legacy is an absolute dream come true.” For the next four years, he and his wife and two daughters will be moving to New Zealand. As a consequence of his taking on The Hobbit, the projects he had been planning to take on in the next few years have been put on hold.
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