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Peter Jackson has agreed to direct The Hobbit!

06.25.2010

In a surprising but not altogether shocking development, Deadline is reporting that Peter Jackson has agreed to direct the two HOBBIT films and that he's finalizing his deal right now with Warner Bros., New Line and MGM. While the obvious fingers were pointed at Jackson after Guillermo del Toro somewhat abruptly left the film, Jackson didn't look like he'd have the contractual wiggle room to make it happen. Whatever deals he had with other studios though, he was able to get out of and return to the world of Tolkein.

Jackson will direct both of the HOBBIT films back-to-back. He'll be flying to London over the July 4th weekend to meet with actors and then back to Los Angeles shortly thereafter to view audition tapes for the film. It all sounds like, even despite MGM's financial woes, that THE HOBBIT could wind up happening sooner rather than later.

I guess this almost certainly means that we won't see Jackson's contribution to the TINTIN films as was originally planned. (Spielberg directed his portion already and Jackson was to film a sequel somewhere down the line.) It's possible this could still happen but I'd imagine that Jackson will be booked at least until late-2012.

This might be a no-brainer of a question to ask, but what do you think? Honestly, as a non-fan of the LOTR franchise, I think it works out best for everyone. del Toro continues to be able to make his passion projects and Jackson returns to the franchise that made him a directorial A-lister.

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12:55AM on 06/28/2010
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11:41PM on 06/27/2010
YES!!!!!!!!! This is great news! Thank the Lord!
YES!!!!!!!!! This is great news! Thank the Lord!
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10:13PM on 06/27/2010
The most likely choice of course, I mean this franchise is his baby.

I am bummed though that Guillermo decided to drop out, his Hobbit would have been great I think.
The most likely choice of course, I mean this franchise is his baby.

I am bummed though that Guillermo decided to drop out, his Hobbit would have been great I think.
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11:27AM on 06/27/2010

Great, finally!!

I am just looking forward to to the extended cuts of the DVD to come after, which may be a pretty sure thing now.
I am just looking forward to to the extended cuts of the DVD to come after, which may be a pretty sure thing now.
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3:39AM on 06/27/2010

Sigh...

...probably it is for the best. But it's really a shame because we're not going to see GDT's version of the movie....
...probably it is for the best. But it's really a shame because we're not going to see GDT's version of the movie....
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2:13PM on 06/26/2010
This is great news, but I do feel sort of bad for him. Maybe he wanted to do other things.
This is great news, but I do feel sort of bad for him. Maybe he wanted to do other things.
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12:28PM on 06/26/2010

Awesome!

No one but Jackson should've been considered for this project in the first place. I'm very happy to hear this (huge LOTR fan).
No one but Jackson should've been considered for this project in the first place. I'm very happy to hear this (huge LOTR fan).
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12:27PM on 06/26/2010
I was never a big fan of LOTR, but I like the fact that he's coming back for these. I'll check it out. Jackson makes some pretty good movies.
I was never a big fan of LOTR, but I like the fact that he's coming back for these. I'll check it out. Jackson makes some pretty good movies.
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8:51AM on 06/26/2010
The Hobbit saga comes full circle back to where it should have been in the first place.Really-who else but Jackson should make these films?
The Hobbit saga comes full circle back to where it should have been in the first place.Really-who else but Jackson should make these films?
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1:09AM on 06/26/2010
This may end up being true but it's a RUMOR. Treat it like one. Stop acting like it's confirmed. It makes the site look bad.
This may end up being true but it's a RUMOR. Treat it like one. Stop acting like it's confirmed. It makes the site look bad.
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2:08AM on 06/26/2010
It's not a rumor.. it's been confirmed that he's in contract negotiations
It's not a rumor.. it's been confirmed that he's in contract negotiations
1:00AM on 06/26/2010
I think we all secretly knew that he would...
I think we all secretly knew that he would...
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10:42PM on 06/25/2010
Who gives a flying fuck about Tintin? Nobody gives a shit about a motion capture Tintin movie.. it's all about Peter Jackson back in Middle Earth baby!
Who gives a flying fuck about Tintin? Nobody gives a shit about a motion capture Tintin movie.. it's all about Peter Jackson back in Middle Earth baby!
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10:33PM on 06/25/2010

Well he needed to do something right after the shitty bones, I mean lovely.

Glad he's returning to Middle Earth.
Glad he's returning to Middle Earth.
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9:52PM on 06/25/2010

It was inevitable

I think it was destiny that bound Peter Jackson to the franchise. He is the chosen one to finish the series. I love the movies but I hope the next ones aren't overlong.
I think it was destiny that bound Peter Jackson to the franchise. He is the chosen one to finish the series. I love the movies but I hope the next ones aren't overlong.
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8:38PM on 06/25/2010
It's all a diabolical secret plot so Del Toro can make Hellboy 3
It's all a diabolical secret plot so Del Toro can make Hellboy 3
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8:08PM on 06/25/2010

Good News...

Thank God! Perhaps something right for a change.

God Peter...can I call you Pete...er Pedro...ah PJ or Steve or Biff?!

Thank God! Perhaps something right for a change.

God Peter...can I call you Pete...er Pedro...ah PJ or Steve or Biff?!

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7:55PM on 06/25/2010
Beautiful!!
Beautiful!!
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7:47PM on 06/25/2010
To be honest i am not waiting for The Hobbit, there are better books to be made into movies, we already have the LTR movies, The Hobbit can't top those.

They can better make a new original movie, Jackson should make a new horror.
To be honest i am not waiting for The Hobbit, there are better books to be made into movies, we already have the LTR movies, The Hobbit can't top those.

They can better make a new original movie, Jackson should make a new horror.
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7:32PM on 06/25/2010
This is good news!
This is good news!
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7:29PM on 06/25/2010
Thank you Peter! Thank very, very much!
Thank you Peter! Thank very, very much!
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7:27PM on 06/25/2010
Thank you Peter! Thank very, very much!
Thank you Peter! Thank very, very much!
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7:24PM on 06/25/2010
Well the director that brought us the 3 lord of the rings movies directing the hobbit is perfect!
Well the director that brought us the 3 lord of the rings movies directing the hobbit is perfect!
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7:17PM on 06/25/2010
All is at as should be.
All is at as should be.
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7:09PM on 06/25/2010
Please oh please oh PLEASE, PJ, please just don't shoot this on digital and in 3D. PLEASE.
Please oh please oh PLEASE, PJ, please just don't shoot this on digital and in 3D. PLEASE.
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7:04PM on 06/25/2010
I hope he does finish it
I hope he does finish it
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6:15PM on 06/25/2010
I was really hoping that he could do his Tintin stuff, and hopefully, he still can, because of MGM's difficulties.
I was really hoping that he could do his Tintin stuff, and hopefully, he still can, because of MGM's difficulties.
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5:40PM on 06/25/2010

good and bad

I still cant get over how Del Toro isnt doing this. Then again, I dont want another director from no where stepping in and ruining what Del Toro made. Since Jackson knows the style, and worked with Del Toro, I am happy :)
I still cant get over how Del Toro isnt doing this. Then again, I dont want another director from no where stepping in and ruining what Del Toro made. Since Jackson knows the style, and worked with Del Toro, I am happy :)
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5:10PM on 06/25/2010
YES!!!! This is the best piece of news I've read in a very long time! I'm beyond stoked. :)
YES!!!! This is the best piece of news I've read in a very long time! I'm beyond stoked. :)
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4:45PM on 06/25/2010

cool

But that makes it look like they wanted Del Toro out of the picture. He left supposedly because he would have had to wait for a long time to make the film, and now suddenly Jackson is flying out in a couple of weeks to meet actors? I suspect Toro's take on the Hobbit was just too gothic.
But that makes it look like they wanted Del Toro out of the picture. He left supposedly because he would have had to wait for a long time to make the film, and now suddenly Jackson is flying out in a couple of weeks to meet actors? I suspect Toro's take on the Hobbit was just too gothic.
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4:44PM on 06/25/2010
This was meant to be!
This was meant to be!
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4:35PM on 06/25/2010
YES! YES! YES!

I didn't have any problem with the other prospects, but this just sits so well with me. I'm like legitimately excited!
YES! YES! YES!

I didn't have any problem with the other prospects, but this just sits so well with me. I'm like legitimately excited!
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4:38PM on 06/25/2010
Fuck. I'm sorry. My computer sucks sometimes and these double posts are goddamn annoying.

But damn if it wasn't fitting. Jackson and this news deserve a double mention.
Fuck. I'm sorry. My computer sucks sometimes and these double posts are goddamn annoying.

But damn if it wasn't fitting. Jackson and this news deserve a double mention.
4:35PM on 06/25/2010
YES! YES! YES!

I didn't have any problem with the other prospects, but this just sits so well with me. I'm like legitimately excited!
YES! YES! YES!

I didn't have any problem with the other prospects, but this just sits so well with me. I'm like legitimately excited!
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4:34PM on 06/25/2010
There and Back Again...for Jackson. And I'm absolutely loving it. Best movie news I've read in a long time.
There and Back Again...for Jackson. And I'm absolutely loving it. Best movie news I've read in a long time.
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4:34PM on 06/25/2010
I mean, everyone knew this was gonna happen when Del Toro left. It worries me cause his reason for not wanting to direct them in the first place was his feeling like he couldn't match the quality of the original trilogy. Does he feel different about it now?
I mean, everyone knew this was gonna happen when Del Toro left. It worries me cause his reason for not wanting to direct them in the first place was his feeling like he couldn't match the quality of the original trilogy. Does he feel different about it now?
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4:24PM on 06/25/2010

Thank the Heavens

This is the most amazing news I've heard all week. I just got a semi.
This is the most amazing news I've heard all week. I just got a semi.
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4:14PM on 06/25/2010
Good for him, mediocre director gets to return to the franchise that made him relevant.

Hint: his post LOTR work has been awful.
Good for him, mediocre director gets to return to the franchise that made him relevant.

Hint: his post LOTR work has been awful.
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4:01PM on 06/25/2010

Best thing that could've happened

I loved Peter Jackson's take on Lord of the Rings and I'm glad he's coming back to direct The Hobbit. Hopefully MGM and Warners can get their heads out of their collective asses and get this film MADE!

And yes, it's a shame about Tintin but at least Spielberg's on the case.
I loved Peter Jackson's take on Lord of the Rings and I'm glad he's coming back to direct The Hobbit. Hopefully MGM and Warners can get their heads out of their collective asses and get this film MADE!

And yes, it's a shame about Tintin but at least Spielberg's on the case.
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3:56PM on 06/25/2010
Was this whole debacle just a publicity stunt?
Was this whole debacle just a publicity stunt?
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3:52PM on 06/25/2010
wouldn't be the same if some other director directed the hobbit. peter jackson is just the man for the job.
wouldn't be the same if some other director directed the hobbit. peter jackson is just the man for the job.
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3:51PM on 06/25/2010

Tin Tin...

i would rather actually get his Tin Tin film rather the Hobbit.
but it's still good news I guess.
i would rather actually get his Tin Tin film rather the Hobbit.
but it's still good news I guess.
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3:38PM on 06/25/2010

YES.

Once Brett Ratner was in talks, I had lost all hope. So this is beyond fantastic news. As great of a visionary as Del Toro also is, fate clearly brought PJ back.
Once Brett Ratner was in talks, I had lost all hope. So this is beyond fantastic news. As great of a visionary as Del Toro also is, fate clearly brought PJ back.
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3:36PM on 06/25/2010

And is it to late to ditch the 2nd movie?

I've had doubts about that since I first heard of the idea.
I've had doubts about that since I first heard of the idea.
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3:34PM on 06/25/2010
who cares? LOTR is for the biggest losers on earth
who cares? LOTR is for the biggest losers on earth
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3:34PM on 06/25/2010

Hey, as long as his heart's in it . . .

We've seen what he can do w/ Middle Earth. Was really anxious to see Del Toro's take on it or that of my 2nd choice, A. Cuaron, but there's no way I'm complaining about Jackson.
We've seen what he can do w/ Middle Earth. Was really anxious to see Del Toro's take on it or that of my 2nd choice, A. Cuaron, but there's no way I'm complaining about Jackson.
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3:21PM on 06/25/2010

Yeah I love Guillermo Del Toro,

but with him out, Pete had to be the only choice. And THANK GOD it wasn't Brett Ratner.
but with him out, Pete had to be the only choice. And THANK GOD it wasn't Brett Ratner.
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3:18PM on 06/25/2010

By the beard of Beorn!


This is fantastic news!

This is fantastic news!
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3:15PM on 06/25/2010
although i would have loved to see del toro's take i am more than pleased.
although i would have loved to see del toro's take i am more than pleased.
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3:12PM on 06/25/2010

More than win-win....here's why:

Because:
1) Jackson's general directing style will give a continuity to the films
2) del Toro has already designed most of the monsters, and THAT was his #1 strength in being involved
Because:
1) Jackson's general directing style will give a continuity to the films
2) del Toro has already designed most of the monsters, and THAT was his #1 strength in being involved
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3:08PM on 06/25/2010
Wait...so what's the news here?
Wait...so what's the news here?
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3:00PM on 06/25/2010
I still dont see how they can split this story in two, its the shortest of the series
I still dont see how they can split this story in two, its the shortest of the series
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3:15PM on 06/25/2010
It's been a while since they explained it, so I can see your comment...but from what I remember it isn't JUST the hobbit. It's a bit of pre-story on the Hobbit, then the Hobbit itself, then the 60 years between the Hobbit and LOTR (probably including flashbacks TO the hobbit when the white council drives Sauron out of Dol Goldur) including things like Aragorn and Gandalf's tracking of Gollum and probably Aragorn and Arwen's first meeting. So plenty of stuff for 2 movies.
It's been a while since they explained it, so I can see your comment...but from what I remember it isn't JUST the hobbit. It's a bit of pre-story on the Hobbit, then the Hobbit itself, then the 60 years between the Hobbit and LOTR (probably including flashbacks TO the hobbit when the white council drives Sauron out of Dol Goldur) including things like Aragorn and Gandalf's tracking of Gollum and probably Aragorn and Arwen's first meeting. So plenty of stuff for 2 movies.
2:57PM on 06/25/2010

When I see it...

I will believe it. I love the idea of Peter Jackson directing. But I have lost complete faith in this project ever getting done. For gods sake Mckellen isn't getting any younger!!!
I will believe it. I love the idea of Peter Jackson directing. But I have lost complete faith in this project ever getting done. For gods sake Mckellen isn't getting any younger!!!
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2:51PM on 06/25/2010

wow

this is really good news! i was worried for a moment too
this is really good news! i was worried for a moment too
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2:47PM on 06/25/2010

Best.News.Ever!

I cannot even start to explain how happy I am right now. LOTR is to date my favorite movies of all time. And when I say favorite I mean absolute best with no comparison. And to think that in a couple of years I will have another (then another) flick directed again by Peter Jackson...this is how 'awesomeness' must feel like. Today's a good day. A very good day indeed.
I cannot even start to explain how happy I am right now. LOTR is to date my favorite movies of all time. And when I say favorite I mean absolute best with no comparison. And to think that in a couple of years I will have another (then another) flick directed again by Peter Jackson...this is how 'awesomeness' must feel like. Today's a good day. A very good day indeed.
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2:38PM on 06/25/2010
Hell yes!!!!! Great news!!
Hell yes!!!!! Great news!!
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2:37PM on 06/25/2010

In the time Guillermo had to wait...

He could have almost finished "Hellboy 3" by now because of the delays he faced and now Jackson is back in the saddle. I know Guillermo is helping in writing it but what a waste.
He could have almost finished "Hellboy 3" by now because of the delays he faced and now Jackson is back in the saddle. I know Guillermo is helping in writing it but what a waste.
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2:35PM on 06/25/2010
Wow, what a pointless little journey that was. Glad it's Jackson directing, though.
Wow, what a pointless little journey that was. Glad it's Jackson directing, though.
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2:31PM on 06/25/2010
Best news I heard all day!
Best news I heard all day!
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2:30PM on 06/25/2010

there ya go!

good job! I was wondering they were going to get this news going ..seriously that could not have picked anyone better to out together another one of Tolkeins stories.
good job! I was wondering they were going to get this news going ..seriously that could not have picked anyone better to out together another one of Tolkeins stories.
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2:27PM on 06/25/2010

Lol!

The studio must be paying him SHIT LOAD of money! :-)
The studio must be paying him SHIT LOAD of money! :-)
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10:50PM on 06/26/2010
have you seen where he lives,he's building his own fantasyland house he doesn't need more money lol.
have you seen where he lives,he's building his own fantasyland house he doesn't need more money lol.
2:27PM on 06/25/2010

THANK YOU LORD

Couldn't have wished for a better turnout. Excellent news.
Couldn't have wished for a better turnout. Excellent news.
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2:26PM on 06/25/2010
I am SO FUCKING HIP to this news.
I am SO FUCKING HIP to this news.
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2:26PM on 06/25/2010
Yaaaaaaay. YAAAAAAY!!!
This was always Jacksons' baby so I'm delighted he is back in the Director's chair.
Yaaaaaaay. YAAAAAAY!!!
This was always Jacksons' baby so I'm delighted he is back in the Director's chair.
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2:22PM on 06/25/2010
Best possible news for these films.
Best possible news for these films.
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2:20PM on 06/25/2010

Brilliant!

Happy day! I would love to have seen what GDT could have done with this movie, but I can't complain that Peter Jackson will be helming.

Happy day! I would love to have seen what GDT could have done with this movie, but I can't complain that Peter Jackson will be helming.

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2:18PM on 06/25/2010

Yes!!!

Best news all day. I was hoping he would get it again. Everything will feel more familiar instead of like a different series. I am sure the cast will be happy to have him back as well.
Best news all day. I was hoping he would get it again. Everything will feel more familiar instead of like a different series. I am sure the cast will be happy to have him back as well.
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2:18PM on 06/25/2010
If Jackson had done this in the first place we would not have been robbed five years worth of Del Toro films. Just sayin'.
If Jackson had done this in the first place we would not have been robbed five years worth of Del Toro films. Just sayin'.
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2:26PM on 06/25/2010
Effin' ay!
Effin' ay!
2:32PM on 06/25/2010
Agreed
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