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Peter Jackon Won't Direct The Hobbit

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Though he's the obvious choice now that Guillermo Del Toro has jumped ship, Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson will not be stepping up to direct The Hobbit.

The idea was brought before Jackson’s manager, Ken Kamins, who was quick to squash any hope that his client would get involved:

“As for Peter directing, that’s not something he can consider at this time as he has other commitments to other projects. 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, [parent company] Warner Bros. and MGM.”

Should we take from that that he is hard at work finding Del Toro's replacement?

We sure hope so! There's going to be a lot of disappointed Middle Earth fans if this thing never sees the light of day!

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12 comments to “Peter Jackon Won't Direct The Hobbit



  1. 1

    WHO?! wont do WHAT?!

  2. Low says – reply to this


    2

    They are fucking up this Movie…. without Jackson or Del Toro it will just be another lame 3-D movie like Avatar……..



  3. 3

    Jackon yer own Peter homo.



  4. 4

    he will protect this movie
    :fingers, toes & eyes crossed:



  5. 5

    jackon?



  6. 6

    no he definitly is. my cousin has been in new zealand for two years working on the film and he is the director.i can guarantee he is you shall not be disapointed!



  7. 7

    The real question is…when did he lose all the weight?



  8. 8

    Looking good, big boy



  9. 9

    Enough with middle goddamn earth already - move on!



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  11. 11

    Incorrect. I heard today in New Zealand that Peter Jackson was quoted saying "I will make the bloody hobbit myself if i have to"

  12. JoeyW says – reply to this


    12

    Erm, incorrect. From Theonering.net:
    Sir Peter Jackson says he will step into the breach and direct The Hobbit himself if it becomes the only way to ensure the US$150 million (NZ$219m) film is made after the sudden departure of director Guillermo del Toro.

    Wellington Chamber of Commerce has said that the film is worth “many millions of dollars” to Wellington’s economy and further delays may mean the film does not start shooting until next year.

    Del Toro announced yesterday he had quit the The Lord of the Rings prequel over frustration with repeated delays. He had commitments to other films and said his resignation was “the hardest decision I’ve ever taken”. Read more