Peter Jackson Will Return to Direct Both Parts of The Hobbit!
by Ethan Anderton
June 25, 2010
After the sad news that director Guillermo Del Toro had dropped out of the project, and a short lived rumor that Neill Blomkamp might take his spot, it looks like Lord of the Rings fans can rejoice as both Heat Vision and Deadline report that Peter Jackson is negotiating his deal to direct both installments of The Hobbit. As we write, Jackson is busy taking himself away from his other projects that were originally the reason that Jackson denied that he would end up directing the double feature. In addition, Jackson and his crew are making a big push to the financially plagued MGM to "loosen the purse strings" and get back to The Shire.
As interesting as it would've been to see a new director take the journey to Middle-Earth, it's very comforting to know that a director who has already proven his skills and passion in adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's literary masterpieces is at the helm. Apparently there have been various hints of Jackson's return to The Hobbit as Jackson, his wife/colloborator Fran Walsh, and Phillipa Boyens scheduled a trip to Los Angeles after the 4th of July to meet with the most impressive actors that the casting directors have put on tape. This move could've been tossed up to close collaboration since all three of them worked on the script with Del Toro before he departed, but now we know otherwise. Let's hope MGM's problems don't delay this production any longer. Excited?