Will Peter Jackson direct The Hobbit?

May step up if a replacement isn’t found


Peter Jackson may step in and direct the film adaptation of The Hobbit.

With Guillermo Del Toro departing the project thanks to its laboured and seemingly never-ending pre-production, Lord Of The Rings director Jackson could take the project on for himself.

Talking to The Dominion Post in New Zealand, Jackson said:

“If [directing the films is] what I have to do to protect Warner Bros’ investment, then obviously that’s one angle which I’ll explore…The other studios may not let me out of the contracts.”

Those other contracts include Tintin 2, which he would direct in 2011 with Steven Spielberg producing.

Jackson remains positive that The Hobbit will eventually be made once MGM’s financial crisis comes to an end, the director sayig:

“I just don’t know now until we get a new director. The key thing is that we don’t intend to shut the project down

“We don’t intend to let this affect the progress. Everybody, including the studio, wants to see things carry on as per normal. The idea is to make it as smooth a transition as we can.”

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    • Benmorse

      Jun 1st 2010, 10:58

      depends entirely on how long MGM fanny around. I would imagine Jackson would want to do Tintin 2 a LOT. That said, if it looks like their legal woes aren't going to be tidied before the end of next year, then Pete might, but Del Toro might come back. It's a great property, so it will sit on the shelf until all the lawyers have had their way.

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    • TheSwede

      Jun 1st 2010, 12:11

      I'm sceptical, even though I think Jackson made 3 of the best (if not THE best) films ever made. His enthusiasm for the triology was undying and to make The Hobbit will need just as much from the director if not more. I doubt that Peter have it. I think that Del Toro would be good for the project, but I'm not interested in waiting forever. I SO want this movies to be made! NOW!

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 1st 2010, 14:26

      I don't like skinny Peter, chubby Peter was more joyful.

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    • Nickey09

      Jun 4th 2010, 22:43

      To Ali1748: Couldn't have said it better myself! And thank you for saying it! Someone PLEASE go force-feed that man a box of donuts!

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