Speaking on TVNewZealand's Good Morning show, the host asked McKellen whether or not delays would affect his involvement:
There is a definite exasperation in McKellan's response to the host that sound like the words of a man fed up with waiting around, especially in the face of exciting theatrical opportunities elsewhere in the world. Considering the raft of bad news concerning the project the thespian rightfully has a lot to be concerned about: the film still doesn't solidly have a director; it will take another four years to finish; and the ailing MGM side of the equation is thinking of selling their rights to Warner Bros.
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.
Check out the video from The One Ring Tolkien fansite for yourself below. McKellan also has some interesting words to say about the ongoing worldwide civil rights struggle.