Warner Bros and MGM "Doing All They Can" to Get Peter Jackson to Direct The Hobbit
06.15.10 by reelz
Deadline Hollywood has an update on The Hobbit directorial situation today, about which we originally reported two weeks ago.
Their source quotes Warner Bros and MGM as "doing all they can" to get Peter Jackson to agree to helm the two Hobbit movies in place of absentee director Guillermo del Toro. In our earlier news story, Jackson had said that he wasn't opposed to the idea, and would fit it in if they couldn't immediately find a suitable replacement. That seems to be the problem of the moment as all the potential names that have been floating around have been lackluster: David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers), David Yates (Harry Potter), and Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand) — none of which, with the exception of Yates, seem up for this type of film.
The report goes on to say that nobody has been offered the job. The two production companies want Jackson to "complete the franchise he started with three LOTR films." No doubt, they echo the choice of fans, and after all, Jackson and Del Toro co-wrote the scripts for The Hobbit together, and he is producing, so he is the best candidate to take over. Deadline says that Warner Bros and MGM will "keep pursuing him until Jackson gives a definitive no." Good for them! For the sake of the movie, let's hope they get what they want, because then we all will.