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Jun 01

Update: The Hobbit

Late last night I posed a wish for Peter Jackson to come back and direct ‘The Hobbit’ now that Guillermo del Toro has left the project. Today it seems that it could be a possibility, a very slight possibility, but a possibility nonetheless.

He said yesterday that if that is what it take, he would look into what it would take to make it happen. This is in no way saying that he plans to direct the prequels. He has many contracts with other studios at the moment (the most pending is ‘Tin Tin 2’ which he starts in 2011).

According to New Zealand’s The Domino Post, Jackson would rule out not directing the prequels himself. To quote The Domino Post article:

“If that’s what I have to do to protect Warner Bros’ investment, then obviously that’s one angle which I’ll explore,” he (Jackson) said. But stepping in as director would be difficult as he had signed writer and director contracts with Hollywood studios for two other films, with one likely to begin next year. “The other studios may not let me out of the contracts.”

The only thing that concerns me about this is that Jackson would be directing it just to protect an investment rather than for the love of the project. That can lead to mediocre work and not something any of us would want to see in this prequel.

Should Jackson direct The Hobbit out of obligation or should they shelve the whole thing until they can find a suitable director? Comments below.