Just when things were starting to look up for The Hobbit, everything is falling to shit again. Hope for the troubled production showed up last month when--after Guillermo del Toro abandoned the film in light of MGM not knowing when they'd save up enough money for all those fake swords, rumors began that Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson could take the reigns--but now another ominous portent has arrived in a new interview with Ian McKellen. Speaking to New Zealand's Good Morning in a way you know sounded really dignified, the actor revealed he isn't sure when or if production will start, adding that he's not going to wait around forever to put on that beard again:
Well, I’m not under contract. And my time is running out. I’m enjoying working in the theatre and, frankly, I would like to race after doing Waiting for Godot and get on with doing another play, but we’ll have to see. I don’t want to give the producers the impression that I’m sitting waiting.
Sounds like it's time for Sean Connery to finally atone for his mistake of not taking the role of Gandalf. By making us more poorly-animated skateboarding grandpa films to keep us entertained until MGM sorts all this out.