by: Lindsay Welch
Ouch. Things continue to look bad for The Hobbit.
Despite the film having many issues, including not having a director or a studio at the moment, it always seemed that you could count on Sir Ian McKellan on being committed to the film. He reassured fans countless times through interviews and his Twitter account that the project was going to happen and to not worry about it. After all that’s occurred, it seems unlikely that one part of the prequel will come out, much less two parts, and McKellan is getting tired of it. He’s been doing some theatre acting on the side and apparently he’s getting quite fond of it. So fond, in fact, that he’s considering not returning as his role in the series, Gandalf the Grey.
He stated, “Well I’m not under contract and my time is running out and I’m enjoying working in the theatre and frankly, I would like to race after doing ‘Waiting For Godot,’ get on with doing another play but we’ll have to see. I don’t give the producers the impression that I’m sitting waiting. What it will be I genuinely don’t know. It’ll either be, we’re going ahead or we’re not.”
Yikes. Although he’s not completely giving up, it doesn’t sound too promising. It sounds like if things don’t progress quickly soon he’s dropping out, and let’s face it, there’s not going to be a Hobbit movie without him. So cross your fingers Lord of the Rings fans…but don’t hold your breath.