Peter Jackson Might Direct The Hobbit After All

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Peter Jackson Might Direct The Hobbit After All

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With Guillermo Del Toro out of the picture, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson says it's possible that he might end up at the helm of The Hobbit after all.

Del Toro announced over the weekend that he was stepping back from The Hobbit, saying the overly drawn-out and highly uncertain production schedule was beginning to come into conflict with his other commitments. In a conference call on Friday, he said that after nearly two years of working on the project, the team is "very, very prepared" to begin production but that until the financial situation at MGM is resolved - the same financial situation that's hanging up a new James Bond movie - nothing can actually move forward.

"Guillermo is co-writing The Hobbit screenplays with Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh and myself, and happily our writing partnership will continue for several more months, until the scripts are fine tuned and polished," Jackson told TheOneRing.net. But without a director, nothing much can happen and unlike films like Kane & Lynch, The Hobbit isn't the sort of project you can just toss to the first person that walks by.

The obvious choice to replace Del Toro is Jackson himself, the award-winning director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but his manager Ken Kamins initially dismissed the idea. "As for Peter directing, that's not something he can consider at this time as he has other commitments to other projects," Kamins told CNN. "But make no mistake, Peter and Fran's commitment to the franchise is total and will do everything necessary to protect the films and the investment made by New Line, Warner Bros. and MGM."

Jackson himself had somewhat different thoughts on the matter, however. Speaking to The Dominion Post, he said, "If that's what I have to do to protect Warner Bros' investment, then obviously that's one angle which I'll explore." But he added that it would be "difficult," because he does have contracts for two other films, including one expected to begin next year. "The other studios may not let me out of the contracts," he said.

Other commitments notwithstanding, Jackson is probably the front-runner for the job in the hearts and minds of fans. But if he can't, who should?

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I don't have problem with that at all; to be honest I was disappointed he wasn't directing to begin with.

It's quite sad that Del Toro isn't directing any more, he's awesome. he made the best Blade film, Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth; I'd love to have seen what he'd make of The Hobbit.

I don't really care who directs it so long as it's an entertaining film. That said, I'm sure Jackson will do a fine job, a great job in fact.

I'm happy Del Toro is out, I was seriously concerned he'd attempt to place his Picasso style visuals into a place where they didn't belong. Not to mention Hellboy 2 was disappointing. I'm surprised Jackson wasn't picked first to begin with, I really hope he takes it, because the Lord of the Rings are some of the best movies ever made.

Jackson already sodomized the Lord of the Rings. We should protect the Hobbit from him, if nothing else.

Anticitizen_Two:
Jackson already sodomized the Lord of the Rings. We should protect the Hobbit from him, if nothing else.

Agreed.

I was really looking forward to del toro directing this.

Good. He did well with 'The Lord of the Rings', and I think he can do well with 'The Hobbit'.

Having enjoyed the LotR movies far more than I ever enjoyed the books, I'm looking forward to this.

Peter Jackson's at the helm of a J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired fantasy epic? This can only be good.

I was waiting on news of 'The Hobbit' to be remade, damn i hope its a good job like the Ring Trilogy.

Now I am even more exited!

The man only made one of the best trilogies ever, I'm sure he can make something decent out of this.

I'm torn about this news - Del Toro's visuals are amazing, but he seems to have trouble connecting those visuals to a cohesive narrative (Hellboy 2 is the prime example of this; Pan's Labyrinth had the same problem but it's obscured by that flick's surrealist/magic realist atmosphere). He would have had the benefit of Tolkien's narrative and Jackson et. al.'s input, but I was really afraid that spectacle would trump story. Jackson himself seemed better able to balance those forces in his work on LoTR - although more so in FOTR than TTT or ROTK.

gilthanan:
I'm happy Del Toro is out, I was seriously concerned he'd attempt to place his Picasso style visuals into a place where they didn't belong. Not to mention Hellboy 2 was disappointing. I'm surprised Jackson wasn't picked first to begin with, I really hope he takes it, because the Lord of the Rings are some of the best movies ever made.

WROOOONGGGGG
Del Toro was the only reason I was even a little interested in this. Have you read The Hobbit lately? It does not hold up.
And I'm pretty sure PJ said he'd only direct this if nobody else was interested and he had to do it to save the movie. I'd say there's little to no chance that he ends up directing this.

And what Del Toro did in HB2, considering the original material, was more impressive than turning water into wine.

Woop! That's good news, he's already made an awesome trilogy out of LoTR, lets just hope he can perform the same magic on The Hobbit.

Michael Bay or Quentin Tarentino. If Jackson can't do it and make it great, you might as well make it ridiculous and over the top in some way.

Oh and by the way, the story should mention why Del Toro quit.
They're running out of money. Adding Peter Jackson to a movie that's running out of money doesn't seem like a good idea to me.

Since the LotR trilogy are three of my favorite movies, I really hope that Jackson, or whoever ends up doing it, does a good job on The Hobbit.

Well this sucks. Guillermo Del Toro is one of the few directors who still use practical effects, instead of CGI-ing everything. I want puppets, darn it :(

As for who should direct it, what about whoever it was that did the H2G2 movie? Whoever it is, he/she recognizes that puppets and actual sets look better in many situations than CG ever can. The universe in it was so alive that the director basically out Star Wars'd George Lucas.

Well, this is kinda sad. But if Jackson is going to do it, I will have faith in it.

But what interests me more is: does this mean Del Toro will get to do 'At the mountains of madness' sooner?

If this increases the chances of Del Toro working on "At the Mountains of Madness" sometime in the near future, I am all for it.

Well, I certainly wouldnt be unfavoured to him doing it as long as it just got done...

Guillermo has made some of my all time favorites movies, I had high hopes to see how the movie would come together, but I respect his decision, he's a human afterall and like many of us, he have a life and many things to pursue in life.

And I'm very proud to live in the same city he was born and even more proud to see him at a movie festival here in Guadalajara.

Also, I wouldn't mind if Guillermo passes the torch to Peter Jackson, he already did a couple of (very brief) scenes of The Hobbit in the original trilogy, so if anyone knows how to do a LotR movie, is him.

As long as Uwe Boll and Michael Bay stays away from this, I'm more than happy. -_-'

Yay, another inevitable four hour Jackson epic.

Del Toro was the only reason I was looking forward to this.

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Yay, another inevitable four hour Jackson epic.

Del Toro was the only reason I was looking forward to this.

Last I heard, the studio wanted to split the book (which can be read, at a conservative estimate, in three hours) into two seperate films. Sure, they make more money like that, but there simply isn't enough story in The Hobbit.

Still, if it's going to be made, I want someone like Jackson making it, who can really bring the world to life. I found Hellboy 2 to be utterly disappointing, and Pan's Labyrinth (while pretty) never really did much for me. The LoTR films, on the other hand, I could watch until my eyes bled. Which if you buy all the extended special editions, they probably will - and it is worth it!

Not a fan of Del Toro at all, Pan's Labyrinth came across as paper thin to me, but I seem to be the only person that never really got into it, big fan of Peter Jackson though, so I'm hoping he ends up in the director's chair for this.

That's good news as far as I can see.

Oh praise be to god. I've waited for this moment and it is as sweet and delicious as I thought it would be.

Personally, the hobbit could be 19 hours long per movie and I wouldn't care. As long as I get more Lord of the Rings action and Weta Workshop gets buckets of money to do what they do best!

I hope he does! He made LOTR's amazing im sure he can recreate the magic for the Hobit.

Let us hope he doesnt do a George Lucas.

MUST. HAVE. JACKSON.

If we can't get Peter Jackson for this movie, I think I'll cry.

Andy Chalk:
But if he can't, who should?

If it's neither of them? I would say Terry Gilliam. He can do trippy damn well (better than anyone) and that book is pretty trippy.

I definitely remember hearing that it was going to be two movies, and I believe the theory was that the first was going to end with Bilbo's getting the Ring.

Either way, I know that Jackson is very invested in these movies, so I expect it not to be a rolling ball of fail, but the only thing that could cock it up would be the studio issues...

It'll probably be another 10 years before they see the light of day.

Del Toro is a genius for me. It's a shame he can't produce it any further at the moment, I hope he will though.

I hope Jackson gets this. He'd be better than most others considering that he directed LOTR.

On a pessimistic note, I really hope this doesn't end up being delayed another year or two.
It's a long enough time as it is

I just wanna see Smaug! I'll be happy then. But in all seriousness can't honestly think of who I would want to do it, if Jackson and Del Torro weren't doing it.

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