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WB and MGM making push for Peter Jackson to direct Hobbit

Jun. 15, 2010by: Mike Sampson

Just yesterday word leaked out that Warner Bros. had their eye on HARRY POTTER director David Yates to take over directing THE HOBBIT after Guillermo del Toro left the production. But it seems they're only interested in Yates if Plan A - convince Peter Jackson to return - fails.

Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. and MGM, the two studios that are co-producing THE HOBBIT, are making a full-court press to sell Peter Jackson on directing the films himself. This shouldn't really surprise anyone as the studios would love to be able to market these as "from the director of LORD OF THE RINGS," but until now, a good deal of the speculation was on what new director could take the project. If WB/MGM really are serious about Jackson returning, they could make a lot of his other concerns about taking the job (i.e., his contractual obligations with other studios) disappear.

The article also confirms Yates' interest in the gig and adds that David Dobkin (WEDDING CRASHERS) and Brett Ratner (?!) have also expressed interest in the gig. This doesn't mean that the studio is interested in them (as Dobkin and Ratner are extremely out of the box choices), just that they are interested in the gig (as are, I'm sure, a number of Hollywood directors).

Extra Tidbit: I still think Sam Raimi would've been a great choice.
Source: Deadline

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7:18AM on 06/15/2010

This needs to happen.


Peter Jackson directing would be ideal, since he had such a deep involvement in the writing of the scripts and the design of the films. The transition would be smooth.

It would also be great for him to complete his vision and tie the films into his trilogy.

I remember when he wrote that letter to the fans a few years ago stating that he got to go there, but not back again.

Hopefully that will change.

Peter Jackson directing would be ideal, since he had such a deep involvement in the writing of the scripts and the design of the films. The transition would be smooth.

It would also be great for him to complete his vision and tie the films into his trilogy.

I remember when he wrote that letter to the fans a few years ago stating that he got to go there, but not back again.

Hopefully that will change.
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12:36PM on 06/15/2010
Apparently I'm the only one on this site that doesn't get the love for Raimi. I always found his movies to be campy and cheesy especially Drag me to Hell, which after everyone's nerdgasms over it, I expected it to be much better then it was. Please keep that fuck far away from The Lord of the Rings.
Apparently I'm the only one on this site that doesn't get the love for Raimi. I always found his movies to be campy and cheesy especially Drag me to Hell, which after everyone's nerdgasms over it, I expected it to be much better then it was. Please keep that fuck far away from The Lord of the Rings.
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1:13PM on 06/15/2010
You are not the only one I'm pleased to say my friend. Riami blows. Drag to me Hell was crap in every way and I don't eve like his Spider-Man movies.
You are not the only one I'm pleased to say my friend. Riami blows. Drag to me Hell was crap in every way and I don't eve like his Spider-Man movies.
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7:42AM on 06/15/2010

Dobkin and Ratner?!

What the fuck?!?!?!?!
What the fuck?!?!?!?!
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1:23PM on 06/15/2010
My thoughts exactly.
My thoughts exactly.
12:52PM on 06/15/2010

No Raimi, No Yates...

...the one man who can make this gig as epic as LOTR is the one and only Peter Jackson. The only reason I was hyped for The Hobbit was because I had faith in Del Toro, but since he decided to scram, I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that Mr.Jackson comes back to do what he does best. He needs to make this happen. Seeing him direct The Hobbit, the prequel to my favorite movie(s) of all time, would be phenomenally awesome...to mildly put it.
...the one man who can make this gig as epic as LOTR is the one and only Peter Jackson. The only reason I was hyped for The Hobbit was because I had faith in Del Toro, but since he decided to scram, I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that Mr.Jackson comes back to do what he does best. He needs to make this happen. Seeing him direct The Hobbit, the prequel to my favorite movie(s) of all time, would be phenomenally awesome...to mildly put it.
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10:57AM on 06/15/2010
Have to disagree about the Sam Raimi thing, but I've been gradually losing more and more faith in him over the years.
Have to disagree about the Sam Raimi thing, but I've been gradually losing more and more faith in him over the years.
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11:43AM on 06/15/2010
Thank you! I don't get the Raimi love either....
Thank you! I don't get the Raimi love either....
12:00PM on 06/15/2010
after the horrible mess that was Spiderman 3 I agree entirely with your statement. Honestly Raimi never was THAT good. Sure the Evil Dead movies are amazing but they are campy as hell. Same guys for spiderman. I just don't see Raimi bringing anything good to the table with this film. Is Bilbo going to go emo when he has the ring and start dancing on the streets of Hobbiton.
after the horrible mess that was Spiderman 3 I agree entirely with your statement. Honestly Raimi never was THAT good. Sure the Evil Dead movies are amazing but they are campy as hell. Same guys for spiderman. I just don't see Raimi bringing anything good to the table with this film. Is Bilbo going to go emo when he has the ring and start dancing on the streets of Hobbiton.
12:04PM on 06/15/2010
I agree with your disagreeing. Sam Raimi is GREAT at making horror films with a comedic edge, but his sensibilities and style couldn't be more wrong for THE HOBBIT. Remember the part in SPIDER-MAN 2 where a violin-playing Asian woman randomly starts singing the Spider-Man theme song? That sums up my issues with Raimi. His films just... aren't very serious.
I agree with your disagreeing. Sam Raimi is GREAT at making horror films with a comedic edge, but his sensibilities and style couldn't be more wrong for THE HOBBIT. Remember the part in SPIDER-MAN 2 where a violin-playing Asian woman randomly starts singing the Spider-Man theme song? That sums up my issues with Raimi. His films just... aren't very serious.
4:35PM on 06/15/2010

That would be a great idea

I loved what Jackson did with LotR; he'd be a great choice. But get on it soon, because McKellen isn't getting any younger!
I loved what Jackson did with LotR; he'd be a great choice. But get on it soon, because McKellen isn't getting any younger!
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3:37PM on 06/15/2010

From one Mike to another

You know, KNOW, Raimi would fuck this up horribly. How do you fuck up Spiderman? Yet the man managed to. I like Raimi when he does his own stuff, and he warms the sub-cockles of my heart when he produces stuff like Spartacus. But please keep him the hell away from Tolkien. Also...Ratner should never be allowed to work on any franchise film again. Let him jack up his own shit.
You know, KNOW, Raimi would fuck this up horribly. How do you fuck up Spiderman? Yet the man managed to. I like Raimi when he does his own stuff, and he warms the sub-cockles of my heart when he produces stuff like Spartacus. But please keep him the hell away from Tolkien. Also...Ratner should never be allowed to work on any franchise film again. Let him jack up his own shit.
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11:11AM on 06/15/2010
I think most people would agree this is the most obvious and logical choice to go with. PETER JACKSON.....PLEASE!!!
I think most people would agree this is the most obvious and logical choice to go with. PETER JACKSON.....PLEASE!!!
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9:19AM on 06/15/2010
Come on Jackson, take it for the team and just direct this Bad Boy. I don't want some second rate hack taking over.
Come on Jackson, take it for the team and just direct this Bad Boy. I don't want some second rate hack taking over.
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7:51AM on 06/15/2010
Del Toro being great and all, I've always hoped Jackson would do the Hobbit! I for one am crossing arms, legs, and any other appendixes!
Del Toro being great and all, I've always hoped Jackson would do the Hobbit! I for one am crossing arms, legs, and any other appendixes!
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12:06PM on 06/15/2010
To BuckNasty1138, his last directing gig wasn't "King Kong", it was the disappointing "The Lovely Bones". Visually it was fantastic, but sadly the rest of the movie didn't quite hold up. Could have been great, but I was let down, buy the final product.
To BuckNasty1138, his last directing gig wasn't "King Kong", it was the disappointing "The Lovely Bones". Visually it was fantastic, but sadly the rest of the movie didn't quite hold up. Could have been great, but I was let down, buy the final product.
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2:29AM on 06/16/2010
i really don't agree with you at all
i really don't agree with you at all
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11:15AM on 06/15/2010

i'm hip to this news....

....as the color of my comment bar indicates.
....as the color of my comment bar indicates.
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10:49AM on 06/15/2010
Either Peter Jackson directs both movies or just get Martin Scorsese to direct the second part.
Either Peter Jackson directs both movies or just get Martin Scorsese to direct the second part.
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12:36AM on 06/16/2010

There shouldn't be a debate

The only person who should be considered is the director who created the previous LOTR films, what is there to decide? What could someone else bring that Peter Jackson didn't? He must direct them!
The only person who should be considered is the director who created the previous LOTR films, what is there to decide? What could someone else bring that Peter Jackson didn't? He must direct them!
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6:08PM on 06/15/2010
Let him get back to it! Come on, it feels like forever since we got a film from him. The Lovely Bones certainly wasn't what I expected. Go back to Middle Earth!
Let him get back to it! Come on, it feels like forever since we got a film from him. The Lovely Bones certainly wasn't what I expected. Go back to Middle Earth!
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3:21PM on 06/15/2010
Now this would be ideal.
Now this would be ideal.
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3:08PM on 06/16/2010
I'm all about this!!
I'm all about this!!
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2:29AM on 06/16/2010

if Ratner gets these films I'm gonna boil my eyes in oil never to see another film again!

I would LOVE to see Jackson reprise the films! He's really the best choice. Yates might not be bad either, but Ratner and Dobkin? Come on are you serious? Of course every flippin director that you can find would love to direct the films. It doesn't mean they should!!
I would LOVE to see Jackson reprise the films! He's really the best choice. Yates might not be bad either, but Ratner and Dobkin? Come on are you serious? Of course every flippin director that you can find would love to direct the films. It doesn't mean they should!!
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11:44PM on 06/15/2010
Having Jackson return HOBBIT would make the ultimate saga for LOTR. I'm sure he would be (if anything) a little inclined to make these. The studios would need to give him complete control though; As I remember he was not a fan of the studios when he made LOTR.

I also think it would be such an easier sell for them if Jackson directed.
Having Jackson return HOBBIT would make the ultimate saga for LOTR. I'm sure he would be (if anything) a little inclined to make these. The studios would need to give him complete control though; As I remember he was not a fan of the studios when he made LOTR.

I also think it would be such an easier sell for them if Jackson directed.
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1:23PM on 06/15/2010
He's done his take on Middle Earth, I'd really like to see someone else take the reins, but have no real complaints against him.
He's done his take on Middle Earth, I'd really like to see someone else take the reins, but have no real complaints against him.
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10:10AM on 06/15/2010

Ratner??

Why is Uwe boll to busy? Fuck these films. The nws keeps getting lamer. Better step up PJ and do it yourself at this point.
Why is Uwe boll to busy? Fuck these films. The nws keeps getting lamer. Better step up PJ and do it yourself at this point.
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9:41AM on 06/15/2010

PLEASE

Direct this movie Peter!!!

Direct this movie Peter!!!

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9:27AM on 06/15/2010

Cuaron, baby!

Cuaron Cuaron Cuaron. But I'd take Jackson in a heartbeat. Apparently adapting beloved fantasy literature practically word for word is all he can do well. That and smaller scale horror & indi stuff. If he & his crew get to take big budget liberties, we get bloated, over-indulgent messes like Kong and Bones.
Cuaron Cuaron Cuaron. But I'd take Jackson in a heartbeat. Apparently adapting beloved fantasy literature practically word for word is all he can do well. That and smaller scale horror & indi stuff. If he & his crew get to take big budget liberties, we get bloated, over-indulgent messes like Kong and Bones.
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8:53AM on 06/15/2010
In a weird way, I think it was destiny that Del Toro dropped out. Peter Jackson is really supposed to direct this movie.

I can't see the reason why Glorfindel was replaced by Arwen in The Fellowship of the Ring, though.
In a weird way, I think it was destiny that Del Toro dropped out. Peter Jackson is really supposed to direct this movie.

I can't see the reason why Glorfindel was replaced by Arwen in The Fellowship of the Ring, though.
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2:25AM on 06/16/2010

if Ratner gets these films I'm gonna boil my eyes in oil never to see another film again!

I would LOVE to see Jackson reprise the films! He's really the best choice. Yates might not be bad either, but Ratner and Dobkin? Come on are you serious? Of course every flippin director that you can find would love to direct the films. It doesn't mean they should!!
I would LOVE to see Jackson reprise the films! He's really the best choice. Yates might not be bad either, but Ratner and Dobkin? Come on are you serious? Of course every flippin director that you can find would love to direct the films. It doesn't mean they should!!
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6:01PM on 06/15/2010

Shave your beard

It only semi-worked when you were fat, it definately doesn't work now. You look homeless or something
It only semi-worked when you were fat, it definately doesn't work now. You look homeless or something
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4:17PM on 06/15/2010
It was confirmed this morning that Raimi is directing that stupid and unnecessary sounding Wizard Of OZ prequel.

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So I don't think he'll be directing this.
It was confirmed this morning that Raimi is directing that stupid and unnecessary sounding Wizard Of OZ prequel.

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So I don't think he'll be directing this.
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3:56PM on 06/15/2010

well...

Kinda makes sense, don't ya think?
Kinda makes sense, don't ya think?
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6:53PM on 06/15/2010
Accept the fact that this isn't going to happen so that we don't get some shoddy half assed effort just for the paycheck.
Accept the fact that this isn't going to happen so that we don't get some shoddy half assed effort just for the paycheck.
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11:58AM on 06/15/2010
I dont see why Jackson wouldn't do this film. I mean does the guy even have any directing jobs on his plate right now? His last film was KING KONG and that was a long time ago. He would be stupid to let this go to some hack director like Yates or Ratner.
I dont see why Jackson wouldn't do this film. I mean does the guy even have any directing jobs on his plate right now? His last film was KING KONG and that was a long time ago. He would be stupid to let this go to some hack director like Yates or Ratner.
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12:14PM on 06/15/2010
Well, I also want him to direct, but I think his commitments range from directing (the next TINTIN) to producing and developing (TEMERAIRE, DAMBUSTERS, etc.) So he does have a lot of stuff going on, I just hope he puts it all to the side for a bit.

Also, he made THE LOVELY BONES that came out last year.
Well, I also want him to direct, but I think his commitments range from directing (the next TINTIN) to producing and developing (TEMERAIRE, DAMBUSTERS, etc.) So he does have a lot of stuff going on, I just hope he puts it all to the side for a bit.

Also, he made THE LOVELY BONES that came out last year.
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