The Ring is Lost: Peter Jackson Not Directing The Hobbit Films
by Alex Billington
November 20, 2006
It's doomed, it is inevitably doomed! Though there may be a glimmer of hope, if one small hobbit can bring the ring to Mordor-- well, not Mordor, but if they can find a director than can replace Peter Jackson. Is that even possible?
This news has been making the rounds on the internet, however it all started with the great fansite TheOneRing.net who recently received an official message from Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, the producing team behind Lord of the Rings, that stated that they're no longer being considered for the film version of The Hobbit. Apparently there was a lawsuit between New Line Cinema and Wingnut Films, Jackson's company, for Fellowship of the Ring about part of the income. That outstanding lawsuit has left a "sour taste" in New Line's mouth and they no longer want to have them on for The Hobbit. Quite a shame I say, and a bit confusing. Why would they want to pass up a project that would make them billions? And without Jackson, it is almost certainly doomed. Here's an excerpt from the message:
Several years ago, Mark Ordesky told us that New Line have rights to make not just The Hobbit but a second "LOTR prequel", covering the events leading up to those depicted in LOTR. Since then, we've always assumed that we would be asked to make The Hobbit and possibly this second film, back to back, as we did the original movies. We assumed that our lawsuit with the studio would come to a natural conclusion and we would then be free to discuss our ideas with the studio, get excited and jump on board. We've assumed that we would possibly get started on development and design next year, whilst filming The Lovely Bones. We even had a meeting planned with MGM executives to talk through our schedule.
However last week, Mark Ordesky called Ken and told him that New Line would no longer be requiring our services on the Hobbit and the LOTR 'prequel'. This was a courtesy call to let us know that the studio was now actively looking to hire another filmmaker for both projects.