Blomkamp Not Offered Hobbit, Busy on Sci-Fi Project Elysium

June 23, 2010
Source: Vulture

Neill Blomkamp

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?

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Reader Feedback - 6 Comments


Get Jackson. Is Vulture's reliability in question, now? kidding.

Xerxex on Jun 23, 2010


Not a Hobbit fan but District 9 was probably the most overrated movie of recent memory. Better to wait to see if the guy can direct dramatic actors and get over his shakey cam problem before handing him a big fantasy epic. He also needs to learn to write or hire professionals. People need to go back and watch real movies like Robocop (or Alien Nation for that matter). D 9 was garbage.

DelG on Jun 23, 2010


Wow...I think you're definitely in the minority on that one DelG, but I respect your opinion. D9 is in my top 10 of the past decade... Robocop is great and all for a popcorn flick, but no where near the satire and parallels to the real world that the sci fi in D9 created.

peloquin on Jun 23, 2010


There is no need to make this film, after "The Lord of the Rings", this is just anti-climactic

spud on Jun 23, 2010


With all the mess adn rumours surrounding MGM and The Hobbit, it's getting to the point that only Jackson can pull it off with any degree of success.

Hattori Hanzo on Jun 24, 2010


God Dammit!

Clover on Jun 24, 2010

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