Warner Bros & MGM Want Peter Jackson to Helm The Hobbit
An interesting update on The Hobbit situation worth pointing out today. Mike Fleming of Deadline reports that his sources have told him that Warner Bros and MGM are "doing all they can" to get Peter Jackson to agree to direct the two Hobbit movies in place of Guillermo del Toro. Jackson said that he wasn't opposed to the idea a few weeks ago, but wasn't really that interested either, only if they they can't find anyone else and if his other production agreements allows him to fit it in. Well, once you hear some of these alternative candidates, you might crying out for Jackson to direct this highly anticipated adaptation as well. Read on!
Fleming says that "nobody has been offered the helming job" yet, but they want Jackson to "complete the franchise he started with three LOTR films." He helped co-write the scripts for The Hobbit and is producing, so it would obviously be an easy fit. "Warner Bros and MGM braintrust will keep pursuing him until Jackson gives a definitive no." As for some other potential candidates? Fleming says David Dobkin (of Shanghai Knights, Wedding Crashers, Fred Claus), which is just plain idiotic; David Yates (of the last four Harry Potter movies: Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows Part I & II) which SlashFilm reported; and finally, the infamous Brett Ratner (of Rush Hour 1-3, Red Dragon, X-Men: The Last Stand).
I don't know about you guys, but I cannot stand to see The Hobbit
ruined directed by either David Dobkin or Brett Ratner, no matter how capable they may be of doing an acceptable job directing, with Jackson putting in most of the work as its producer. So now you know why Warner Bros and MGM want Jackson - they don't have many talented alternatives. And I think they're smart enough to know not to choose someone bad (let's hope). Part of the problem is they can't afford to pay much for a top director, and until MGM figures things out, I don't think they can throw more money at this yet. Though I'd be happy with David Yates. Thoughts?