The Hobbit to be directed by Potter's David Yates?

Harry Potter helmer could head to Middle Earth

The Hobbit

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows director David Yates could be taking on another literary adap – rumour has it that he’s the new favourite to direct The Hobbit.

Having wrapped the last Harry Potter flick – similarly split in two in order to retain the novel’s epic (and rambling) storyline – just yesterday, the rumour mill has already kicked in as to what Yates will do next.

And according to various rumour pixies currently sprinkling their movie magic across the web, Yates is the studio’s “top choice” for The Hobbit.

No confirmation thus far, but Yates has definitely proved himself capable of taking on loved literature and delivering on-screen. He’s helmed the last four Harry Potter films, with his Order Of The Phoenix in particular managing to turn a door-step book into a gorgeous piece of celluloid.

Not only that, but he’s able to handle special effects, and knows how to make fantasy look good. Could he be The One? Time will tell…

Think Yates is a good choice for The Hobbit?

Source: [Slash Film]

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    • agentblackacid

      Jun 15th 2010, 9:06

      Erm.... what happened to Guillermo Del Toro???

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    • Seedorf

      Jun 15th 2010, 11:15

      Del Toro pulled out due to the financial troubles of the film studio. I think he has other projects he is committed too, and the green lighting of filming for The Hobbit is not comfirmed due to the financial troubles. He committed 3 years for The Hobbit if I am correct, due to delays, he would be on the project for 6 years, which is too long, considering he as other commitments.

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    • Seedorf

      Jun 15th 2010, 11:21

      It's a real shame, Del Toro has a wonderful imagination. I suppose Yates has a huge hole in his schedule now after the last HP film has been done, and can commit more time to The Hobbit, assuming he agrees, unlike Del Toro, who as other commitments.

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    • HappyNoodleAjay

      Jun 15th 2010, 15:50

      While I was bummed that Del Toro had to back out, since I know he would have done a great job, I think David Yates would do great too. He has done really good with the latest Potter film adaptations. A few concerns though: as dedicated as us Potter fans are, Tolkien has even more dedicated fans, many who have been such for years and years...that's a lot of pressure. Also, would he want to go from one epic fantasy to another one...both of which are two movies? And lastly, he may be hesitant to get himself pigeonholed as a fantasy director. But, regardless, I hope either he takes the reigns or Peter Jackson steps up as director.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Jun 15th 2010, 17:42

      If this movie gets handed to such an ordinary director, I definitely won't bother seeing it. The only Harry Potter film that lingers in the memory is Cuaron's effort; the rest of them are rather dull. I sincerely hope Jackson puts his foot down and finds a real artist worthy of succeeding himself and Del Toro, not some rent-a-hack.

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    • DanRose

      Jun 15th 2010, 18:57

      Jackson...please just do it yourself!

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    • allykatharvey

      Jun 19th 2010, 15:55

      Any money would have been worth having the unique del Toro stay on the job to the finish. Otherwise Peter Jackson should take the reigns and give it the LOTR treatment. David Yates is just too ordinary and the HP films have grown tiresome.

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    • DanielMcA

      Jun 20th 2010, 0:35

      @DanRose "Jackson...please just do it yourself" Didn't Macauley Culkin say that?

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    • jamiecfc1

      Jun 21st 2010, 15:36

      Personally I reckon John Woo should have a go..

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