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?
Reader Feedback - 50 Comments
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! MY PRECIOUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Oh sorry, ahem, I'm very happy to hear this news.
Ryan on Jun 25, 2010
Super Excited. If anyone can do this right its Jackson!
Simon on Jun 25, 2010
Lew on Jun 25, 2010
Lincoln on Jun 25, 2010
at least the only good book in that series is finally getting made, The hobbit was so much better than the long winded descriptions of land that the lord of the rings was.
Jimmy Love on Jun 25, 2010
Psyched! Lincoln if you don't care, don't post.
Rex on Jun 25, 2010
Can't go wrong with this one!
Guy on Jun 25, 2010
okay, i know i said in other posts that i dont care about the hobbit anymore, but this is without the best news in the industry in like, forever!!! Kudos to Jackson goin out of his way to do this and to his team for having his back. Way to go for everyone. I just hope there isnt too much hoopla behind the scenes like there was with the first three films being made. I dont expect too many people to Jackson a hard time now.
Eli on Jun 25, 2010
Just as it should be! 🙂
Bob on Jun 25, 2010
Not a superfan of LOTR but they were cool in the cinema so looking forward to this -- and this even tops DelToro in my opinion.
ryderup on Jun 25, 2010
"Why do you want Peter Jackson to direct the hobbit movies?" Because It's my birthday...and WE WANTS IT.
BigZero on Jun 25, 2010
I bet Jackson will never work with MGM again after the bullshit they just pulled on him. Offering his project to Brett Ratner? Come on, it was all just a dirty scheme to get him to direct from the very beginning regardless of what other projects he was committed to. ...I'm happy he's back, but I'm sure he's just doing it so it doesn't get ruined by anyone else. I hope he doesn't rush through it to get back to his passion projects.
peloquin on Jun 25, 2010
And this will happily carry me into the weekend:) Thanks Ethan!
Marc on Jun 25, 2010
Fantastic news! Very excited and hope they can start pushing forward pretty quickly here. I'd like to see the movie made before I am old and gray
JKnaak on Jun 25, 2010
Perfect news to brighten my crappy day.
VOLD on Jun 25, 2010
Robbie on Jun 25, 2010
Jay on Jun 25, 2010
best. news. ever.
Mike on Jun 25, 2010
Im shreeking like a 5 year old girl right now 🙂
dac_fan on Jun 25, 2010
Talk about your highs and lows. This news, I hope it sticks, is the best possible news about this project. I am so excited for the extended versions already!
Mark Drennan on Jun 25, 2010
OH HELL YEAH!!!!!!! if anyboy can pull this off it's jackson
max s. on Jun 25, 2010
Risk on Jun 25, 2010
Tomi on Jun 25, 2010
about damn time. bring us the film we deserve.
Xerxex on Jun 25, 2010
uh, does anyone know if movieweb is undergoing maintainence? it keeps freezing then kicking me out and i have to say im getting really annoyed by it. just puttin that out there.
Eli on Jun 25, 2010
I hope Jackson puts his whole heart into these films, he was expressing how he didn't really want to make these films, because he'd be competing with his own success on his last Tolkien stint!
Dan on Jun 25, 2010
he's the only one for this job. 😀
Andante on Jun 25, 2010
It was ment to be Jackson from the beginning, wasn't it?
Me on Jun 26, 2010
At least it won't be Rob "Chicago" Marshall helming.
Jeeze on Jun 26, 2010
Best news in cinema for a good while.
tir na nog on Jun 26, 2010
It's official, he's the next George Lucas.
Glass on Jun 26, 2010
Jeep Fu on Jun 26, 2010
Lol, the next Lucas 😉 Awesome that Peter is doing it... Thats more or less the only way. But does he really wants it? Or is it because he 'has' to..
Rickmeister on Jun 26, 2010
this is better to make the whole trilogy him self! just leave Neill Blomkamp alone to make D-10! Neill, just say no to h0bbit!
Pandora on Jun 26, 2010
Glass how do you mean? The Hobbit was inevitable, and Jackson is the only one who can do it properly.
Xerxex on Jun 26, 2010
filmfan111 on Jun 26, 2010
8=D on Jun 26, 2010
Great! That's Wonderful! Now can we please start filming this movie already!? We're not getting any younger!
Jedibilly on Jun 26, 2010
Of course Peter Jackson is the perfect person to direct The Hobbit, but I can't help but feel sorry for the guy. He's already spent a long time in Middle-Earth and he didn't want to return. So for the fans this is awesome, but it sure sucks to be Peter Jackson.
Mark on Jun 27, 2010
Make it happennnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
RT on Jun 27, 2010
8=D on Jun 27, 2010
Jackson will do a good job but lets not forget the hobbit is a different book to the rest. It's a children's book and i can't help but wonder if that will be lost in transision.
dude... on Jun 28, 2010
Who gives a rat's ass? The world economies are collapsing, America is stuck in a never-ending war in Afghanistan, the Gulf of Mexico is destroyed by corporate pigs, Americans are sitting back and watching with apathy as they scour the job listings, and Peter Jackson is directing The Hobbit. Awesome news! I give a rat's ass. Fuck the real world. We all need an escape from reality and Jackson knows how to bring us to Tolkien's world; just as chaotic but at least there is hope and some living beings with some courage.
Olive on Jun 28, 2010
As of Monday this is still not official........he is in negotiations with MGM. Hey Olive, please remember whose fault it is for the World to be so fucked up, and who had lifted the regulations for BP and others.
The Real Doc Brown on Jun 28, 2010
It's about time! ...Although, it's like finding James Earl Jones is back on board to voice Darth Vader instead of Morgan Freeman. Don't delay the inevitable! Christopher Lee isnt getting any younger.
solo calrissian on Jun 28, 2010
More unconfirmed BS...I swear, sometimes I don't know why I read this site.
Nick on Jun 28, 2010
I still thing 'The Hobbit' doesn't need to be split up in two parts. They just wanna make money on this.
Peter on Jun 30, 2010
If Jackson takes this up then he's undoubtedly the next George Lucas. A man who'll continue to milk the success of a major franchise he created but does nothing interesting outside of it (all of his non-LOTR films have been piss).
1-7 on Jul 5, 2010
Jackson's last two indulgent messes knocked his reputation down and he's desperate for a hit. He'll return to this at his own peril.
Governor on Oct 14, 2010
sorry i can't believe all the comments on here..."he's the only one who can do it properly"???? pardon ?!?! he messed up lord of the rings, now he'll do the same. in fact he has already started, just heard news that Cate Blanchett will again star as Galadriel for "the hobbit"....but Galadriel ISN'T in "the hobbit" at all !!!!! all you Peter Jackson fans, form a group, go to visit JRR Tolkien's grave and piss on it collectively, ok ?
yamaking on Dec 9, 2010
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