Rumor: District 9's Neill Blomkamp Might Direct 'The Hobbit'
This is indeed only a rumor for now, but the more I think about it, the more I feel like it could actually be true. An article popped up on TheOneRing.net yesterday proposing the possibility that District 9 director Neill Blomkamp might be directing The Hobbit in place of Guillermo del Toro. First, don't forget that District 9 was a Peter Jackson production and Blomkamp has worked with him for years. In addition, TOR has been receiving tips and hints pointing towards Blomkamp, including a breakdown for the movie "which included who the director is: Neil Bloomkamp [sic]." Maybe we'll see a big announcement at Comic-Con?
TOR writer "MrCere" says that they're "not reporting that Neill Blomkamp is the director of The Hobbit," however he presents some evidence that leads us to believe it's a strong possibility that he may be. One spy report "stated it as cold, hard, unsurprising fact." Another source said that Jackson is doing everything he can to not direct the films, even though MGM and Warner Bros want him to, which is why he's going with someone he's worked with before and trusts. Apparently Jackson was planning to "rarely or never even visit the set with del Toro on the project, but even now he still hopes to be a guide rather than an overseer."
So what should we make of all this? Should we believe any of it? Well, if you trust "MrCere", and as a TOR writer you probably should, he states: "My personal opinion is that this information is correct." I, for one, agree with him and from what I can make of all this, it's very likely that Blomkamp is Jackson's top choice. Blomkamp does have other personal sci-fi projects in the works, but nothing was ready to go, which means he could easily hop on to The Hobbit. I'm a big fan of Blomkamp, but I have absolutely no clue what these Hobbit movies would look like under his direction, but I'm sure they'd be quite spectacular. Thoughts?