Lord of the Rings’ Director Peter Jackson Back To Direct THE HOBBIT?
Director Peter Jackson may return to the helm of the upcoming “Hobbit” movies after director Guillermo Del Toro left the projects on May 30, leaving the films without direction. Del Toro’s decision to leave caught many attached the projects off guard as the films had reached early casting and Del Toro had gone as far as moving his family with him to New Zealand.
Jackson himself is deeply involved in the “Hobbit” projects, but getting him to step in as director may not be a simple task. The film, under the control of Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, and MGM has a lot of controlling hands in the pot. Jackson has several other projects on his schedule and with Warner Bros. and New Line hoping to rush production to get the films in theaters in 2012 and 2013, Jackson might not have room to direct the films. There is also the matter of MGM’s financial problems further delaying production. MGM owns the rights to the “Hobbit” films.
Jackson does have an intimate knowledge of Middle Earth. Not only is he a key producer for the “Hobbit” films, he directed the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.