Oh, What the Heck: Peter Jackson to Direct The Hobbit After All
06.25.10 by Ryan
Ever since Guillermo del Toro decided to drop out as director of the two installments of the The Hobbit, MGM has been scrambling to name a replacement.
A recent report claimed that Warner Bros. and MGM were "doing all they can" to get Peter Jackson to direct the movie, after Jackson stated he would direct the movies if they couldn't find anybody else. Directors David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers), David Yates (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), and Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) all circled the project, but none were signed to a contract. Instead, it looks like MGM can't find a replacement after all.
Deadline reports that Jackson is negotiating to take the helm on the two-part prequel, while he removes himself from previous commitments (Jackson co-directed the upcoming The Adventures of Tintin with Steven Spielberg and was likely tied to a sequel, as well). The report continues that Jackson, along with co-screenwriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, have scheduled trips to London and Los Angeles to work on casting the project, further deepening Jackson's commitment to direct.
Del Toro left the project after cash-strapped studio MGM continually delayed setting a start date on the project, leaving him antsy to move onto other projects. While MGM has yet to solve its financial crisis, sets for the movie are currently being built in New Zealand. Sir Ian McKellen has also tried to calm worried fans, assuring them that shooting would commence by the end of the year.
Hopefully, MGM won't hesitate to officially announce Jackson and give the official green light.