Danish director drops Ring movie
Source: Associated Press
Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier has dropped plans to direct a production of the Ring der Nibelungen cycle at the Richard Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, the festival said Friday. The "Dogville" director said he realized his vision for the production, scheduled for 2006, "would clearly exceed his powers" and fall short of the festival's high standards, festival organizers said in a statement. The festival said it was sorry about the decision because preparations had been going on with some success since 2001. No replacement has been named. "It was not easy for him to accept the growing knowledge that he apparently would not be able to reach his goal," festival organizers said of Von Trier.