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We're still talking about Peter Jackson doing The Hobbit

07.14.2010
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We've been hearing that butt scuttling around for weeks, but the rumor is apparently still circulating that Peter Jackson has agreed to sit in the recently vacated director's chair for THE HOBBIT movies.

Don't get too excited just yet -- the studio situation is still about as stable as Smeagol, and there's no greenlight or official statement. But Heat Vision says Jackson is "in Los Angeles this week quietly meeting with actors" (not so quiet now, of course), after already stopping in London and New York to do the same.

Needless to say, the downside is that even if Jackson finds the perfect cast, he can only hope they'll be content with a promise and hang around for the official go-ahead. (Likely not a problem, realistically...)

And again, "Jackson's directing deal has not been signed but it is close, and he is proceeding like he's going to make the films," although he is insistent that the legal and financial matters get untangled so the back-to-back movies can get back on track for release in 2012 and 2013. And who can blame him? The guy has already spent more time in Middle Earth than most of its small, hairy humanoid denizens.

Extra Tidbit: Compared to this mess, walking into Mordor doesn't seem all that difficult.
Source: Heat Vision

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7:48PM on 07/14/2010

One Ring...One Director

I'm really not sad that Guillermo Del Toro bailed on this project. It's just my opinion, but Peter Jackson should've had this gig to begin with. Jackson is the only guy I trust when it comes to all things Tolkien and Middle-Earth.
I'm really not sad that Guillermo Del Toro bailed on this project. It's just my opinion, but Peter Jackson should've had this gig to begin with. Jackson is the only guy I trust when it comes to all things Tolkien and Middle-Earth.
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2:23PM on 07/14/2010

Woops . . .

What awesome grammar I have!
What awesome grammar I have!
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11:53AM on 07/14/2010

Geez oh man . . .

. . . can we just forget to this til the day they officially start shooting???
. . . can we just forget to this til the day they officially start shooting???
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4:42AM on 07/14/2010

Middle Earth is where the party is at!

I might even get to visit the set!
I might even get to visit the set!
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2:43AM on 07/14/2010

I'm glad Peter Jackson's up for it

I just hope the executives at MGM and Warner Bros. don't come down with a virulent case of stupid.
I just hope the executives at MGM and Warner Bros. don't come down with a virulent case of stupid.
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12:54AM on 07/14/2010

As cool as Del Toro was...

...this is meant to be! The space time continuum is correcting itself before our very eyes to allow Jackson to do this. It must happen!
...this is meant to be! The space time continuum is correcting itself before our very eyes to allow Jackson to do this. It must happen!
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12:33AM on 07/14/2010
still bummed out the day the i had to go too the dentist and missed out on the future Weta guys coming to my school to show how they did the effects for Bad Taste.
still bummed out the day the i had to go too the dentist and missed out on the future Weta guys coming to my school to show how they did the effects for Bad Taste.
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12:29AM on 07/14/2010
Please sign the contract soon Peter Jackson.
Please sign the contract soon Peter Jackson.
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