Blomkamp Not Offered Hobbit, Busy on Sci-Fi Project Elysium
Apologies are in order to everyone who got super excited about last weekend's rumor that District 9 director Neill Blomkamp may be lined up to direct The Hobbit after Guillermo Del Toro sadly dropped out of the project at the end of May. The always reliable Vulture got a hold of an insider from Blomkamp's agency who not only confirmed that Blomkamp is not directing the two-part adaptation, but no one from MGM/United Artists or Warner Bros. has even contacted him about directing the flick. Instead, Blomkamp is still busy working on another original sci-fi project called Elysium, whose plot is currently being kept under wraps.
While this would've been incredible to see confirmed, with all the delays MGM's current financial situation is creating, I couldn't imagine a new director getting attached so quickly. Who knows when The Hobbit will actually get off the ground, and who will be sitting in the director's chair. I'm sure many of us would love to see Peter Jackson go back to Middle Earth, but maybe it's time for someone else new to take over adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece. I'm sure the rumor mill isn't done spouting off many more names as potential directors for The Hobbit, so stay tuned as we wait for any updates. Who else should direct The Hobbit?