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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