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Could David Yates Direct The Hobbit?
Harry Potter man rumoured for the job

15 June 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Wrap

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Ever since MGM’s financial wobbles left The Hobbit waiting ages for a greenlight and forced Guillermo del Toro to give up the director’s chair, the film has been cursed with a gaping hole from whence a stream of demonic energy floods and the screams of the faithful echo, waiting for someone to come and plug the leak and make the world of Middle-earth right again. And according to the current rumours, that someone might just be Harry Potter veteran David Yates.

While /Film was the first to report the rumblings, The Wrap followed up with Yates’ agents, who, somewhat naturally given that nothing has been announced, were quick to deny he’d even heard of The Hobbit, let alone been offered the job. Well, all right, so they only said the reports are “not true at all”, but we like to imagine a world where talent representatives go to ridiculously stretched lengths to debunk such rumours. Which, we hasten to add, are all they are right now: rumours. If anything had happened, we're pretty sure Peter Jackson would be hitting the message boards or New Line would be e-mailing press releases to everyone in its address book.

Yet given his experience working with the last few Potter outings, it’s not entirely out of the question of reality that Yates is at least on someone’s list. And while he hasn’t exactly established himself as a real visionary on the evidence of Order Of The Phoenix and the rest, he’d have the support of Team Jackson and the nearly two years’ worth of pre-visualisation material and development blood, sweat and tears that GDT poured into The Hobbit before he had to yank the ejection lever.

Still, Yates has months of post-production ahead of him on The Deathly Hallows before the first part of two arrives in November, and then more running through until mid-2011. So he’s going to be a little bit busy either way. And will he really want to dive into another massive fantasy project that he’s inheriting from someone else? It’s enough to make grown men tremble and Hobbits puke up second breakfast.

If we’re honest, we’d still like to see Alfonso Cuaron given a crack – he’s got the directing chops and a close relationship with Guillermo, though he also has Gravity getting ready to shoot this year, so if Bilbo and co really do manage (as Sir Ian McKellen suggested on Twitter at the weekend) to start shooting by the end of 2010, he could be taken…


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Cuaron is the obvious choice.
But word on the street (read: other film websites) is that Blomkamp is up for it now. More

Posted by Lemure at 11:06 on 20 June 2010 | Report This Post

Ive never been a fan for the Harry Potter films, so I cant comment if he turned his outings on the franchise to shit, but everybody here seems to critize him for that. I think he is a good director, and I say that based on his directing on the grim TV drama Sex Traffic from 2004, pre Harry Potter. Check that before U hammer the guy for Harry Potter!! As for The Hobbit.... Never a big fan of the Rings film either!!! Enjoyable films, but not as great as they say. More

Posted by BubbaGump Shrimps at 05:45 on 20 June 2010 | Report This Post

Cack
I thought he did an alright job with Potter 5, considering it was one of the weaker novels and a rather bulky entrance at that. However, the better Deathly Hallows story was a bit of a let down in terms of adaptation to be honest. Either way, he ain't in the same league as a Del Toro or Peter Jackson, so this is a big no for me. More

Posted by jascott at 11:14 on 18 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: AHEM...
L: icedude What's annoying is this cry, 'the people want this made', 'The People' wanted 'Watchmen' made The People wanted 'Snakes On A Train' made, hell 'The People' wept for a third Indy and more Star Wars, The people then turned and pissed on them all!!, so i say Fuck the people, there attitude is crap. Dont cry for a film the bitch how it turns out unless you want to stump up the ££££'s and pick up a camera, shut the fuck up and sit down. snakes on a plane and the third indy film( More

Posted by 7eke at 09:45 on 17 June 2010 | Report This Post

NOOOO
we do not need the hobbit turning into a shitty kids adventure with dullness up to our ears, peter jackson should stop bitching and just make it himself, then it will perfectly fit into the other films!! or bring back Del torro! PETER FINISH IT OFF More

Posted by troyston11 at 03:10 on 17 June 2010 | Report This Post

NO, NO, NO, NOOOOO!!!!!!
David Yates is one of the worst directors working today and the reason why the HARRY POTTER movies have become dull. He's a bland hack, just like Chris Columbus. I don't why David Heyman chose him to direct POTTER 5, 6 and the two-part Seventh installment. And he doesn't deserve that Best Director award he won at the Empire Film Awards two years ago. Also, I really do hope MGM will burn in hell. It's their own bloody fault they've gotten into that mess. If I read one day that MGM have lost th More

Posted by bb at 10:31 on 16 June 2010 | Report This Post

Ow, just do it yourself Peter Jackson. Your half-way there. More

Posted by Bluehawk at 23:13 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

The Spanish?Mexican Connection
I said as much on another website yesterday-Alfonso Cuaron all the way! He knows a bit about such material, he directed the 3rd and best of the Potter films, produced Pans Labyrinth-working alongside Del Toro and directed Children of Men. He can encapsulate some of Del Toro's ideas I am sure and add his own. More

Posted by nortonglr at 18:31 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

Please god no. That is all. More

Posted by skeletonjack at 17:20 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Peter Weir
This maybe wouldn't be a bad idea. I am not a Harry Potter fan, but I can appreciate the look of the film, which are quite comparable to LOTR. More

Posted by MarcE at 15:22 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

Peter Weir
Whoever made that comment your lips to Jacksons ear, the most sensible suggestion so far. More

Posted by tt904 at 14:43 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

AHEM...
What's annoying is this cry, 'the people want this made', 'The People' wanted 'Watchmen' made The People wanted 'Snakes On A Train' made, hell 'The People' wept for a third Indy and more Star Wars, The people then turned and pissed on them all!!, so i say Fuck the people, there attitude is crap. Dont cry for a film the bitch how it turns out unless you want to stump up the ££££'s and pick up a camera, shut the fuck up and sit down. More

Posted by icedude at 12:56 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

THE PEOPLE WANT HIS MADE................TIRED OLD COMMENT
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Posted by icedude at 12:51 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

They can't go from Guillermo del Toro to David Yates (absolutely nothing against him, heard he's lovely), it's just not fair on anybody. At this rate, we're going to be left with Bret Ratner, for Christs sake Pete, please just finish what you started! More

Posted by cleanbreak films at 12:28 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

In a perfect world...
... a real great auteur / directeur would direct The Hobbit. I would have been happy with Del Toro or Jackson at the helm but why not dream a little... I would love to see Peter Weir or Terrence Malick directing something like that! More

Posted by Toursiveu2 at 12:04 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

Why?
Why cant Jackson just direct The Hobbit, it will be a lot easier. More

Posted by efc91 at 12:03 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

Jesus Christ! This is actually becoming tragically funny. Everyone and their warg wants PJ to direct this but they wasting even more time looking for "the right guy." For the record Yates is not th right guy. HP is a decidedly average batch of movies. More

Posted by sephiroth7 at 11:36 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

dear god no...
If Peter Jackson wont do it i'd rather see him mentor someone like Alfonso Cuaron in the ways of middle-earth More

Posted by 7eke at 10:16 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

Nobody does it like Jackson does it.
Let Peter Jackson just say "Oh Go On Then! I'll Do It!" Because all this crap of rumours and dropping out and production delays, its getting closer and closer to "development hell" People want this film made, and more importantly people want Peter Jackson to direct it. More

Posted by Kurtis93 at 10:06 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE:
avid Yates Direct The Hobbit? /b]  Noet a director with a bit of vision that doesn't come out a can. More

Posted by elab49 at 09:45 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

Alfonso Cuarón would be great for this! More

Posted by Pixaroholic at 09:38 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

Peter Jackson is really the only person who can bring this to the screen. More

Posted by chris wootton at 09:12 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: ahem, noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
L: mogel96 That dude made Harry Potter worse than it should have been, bring it back to Jackson for a that is sacred, hell even Micheal Bay is a better option at this point! sp; Ha ha ha can you imagine The Hobbitt directed by Michael Bay?!?! actually think I would watch that!!!! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 09:02 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

No thanks!
Haven't enjoyed a Potter film since he took over directing duties. Pheonix and Half-Blood were awful. Alfonso or Jackson FTW !! Why is Peter resisting directing this movie anyway? Seriously, what else has he got going on (other than Tin Tin). More

Posted by Arkduune at 08:52 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

hell yes :) More

Posted by bereski at 08:41 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

NOOOO
Order of the Phoenix wasn't great, but Half Blood Prince was fantastic. HOWEVER he isn't right for the Hobbit. At all. More

Posted by FilmGirl27 at 08:27 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

ahem, noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
That dude made Harry Potter worse than it should have been, bring it back to Jackson for a that is sacred, hell even Micheal Bay is a better option at this point! More

Posted by mogel96 at 08:07 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

If this film fails it'll be terrible indeed
I thoought Order of the Phoenix was not very good BUT THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE WAS INCREDIBLE!!!!!!! BRILLIANT DIRECTION! More

Posted by monkeyhumour at 08:02 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

Mr. Jackson...
please be the one who takes up the reigns. More

Posted by El-Branden Brazil at 07:47 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

Possible the worst idea I've ever heard...
...which scares me as it might mean there's something to it. Who in their right mind would give such a potentially visual feast to the man who preferred an underlit warehouse for the Department of Mysteries than JK Rowling's vision of "birds in belljars" etc etc. If Yates' HP films were a colour - they would be beige....possibly taupe . I hear its very soothing. More

Posted by stenton at 06:43 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

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