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Jackson Says He Won't Direct Hobbit
Sorry folks, he's just producing

20 December 2007  |  Written by Olly Richards  |  Source: ew.com

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When it was reported earlier this week that The Hobbit had been greenlit as two movies and that Peter Jackson would produce many people in our comments section said they were holding out hope that Jackson would eventually decide to direct himself. He's now stated, through his manager, that this will not happen.

Jackson's rep, Ken Kamins, told Entertainment Weekly "Peter won't be directing because he felt the fans have waited long enough for The Hobbit. It will take the better part of every day of the next four years to write, direct and produce two Hobbit films. Given his current obligations to both The Lovely Bones and Tintin, waiting for Peter, Fran, and Phillippa to write, direct and produce The Hobbit would require the fans wait even longer."

While some will inevitably be crushed that the director of the original trilogy has definitely counted himself out of the running to shoot it, we have great faith that his passion for the story will mean that whoever is chosen will be given the job based on a similar passion and ability to make something that lives up to the Lord of the Rings trilogy and keeps Jackson's philosophy of putting the fans and the story before the studio. Names currently floating around include Sam Raimi, Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron. While any of those would doubtless do a terrific job, we'd love to see the honour go to Del Toro, whose Pan's Labyrinth shows that he has exactly the right skills to balance fantasy, war and multiple story strands. Also, he'll make it look pretty.

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Be great to see Peter direct and it would make total sense,but saying that with the right director and peter close at hand I cant see how the movie would fail More

Posted by Grindkaijyu at 23:13 on 21 December 2007 | Report This Post

Two Films...?
Allegedly, The Hobbit will be a single film. Rumour has it that the 'sequel' will be derived from the material in The Lord of the Rings appendices. It's supposed to bridge the gap between The Hobbit and The Fellowship... More

Posted by meegan_r at 14:46 on 21 December 2007 | Report This Post

If PJ doesn't want it then gotta be Alfonso Cuaron he breathed a life into the potter franchise that has been copied ever since! plus Sam Raimi made a three horrible spider-man movies from a budget, he should stay with bruce hashing out sequals to the evil dead. As for Guillermo Del Toro pan's was awesome but he seems to only be able to make a good film in his native tongue. More

Posted by o dea shue at 12:17 on 21 December 2007 | Report This Post

RE: He has to do it
peter jackson More

Posted by danbo1138 at 21:24 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

RE: He has to do it
The names being bandied around to direct this are too obvious...any chance of throwing some more interesting names into the hat?   I reckon Lasse Hallstrom would be perfect to adapt The Hobbit. More

Posted by Missile Truck at 20:26 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

He has to do it
i would wait to see a great film directed by a trustworthy director More

Posted by DJ Funktris at 18:05 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
If we're going for 2nd Unit directors from the first films, then Walsh has to be the strongest candidate, having co-written the films and having the closest knowledge of what PJ would want to do with these new films. With Jackson producing they will keep it within the visual template of the original trilogy doubtless. I'd be happy with Del Toro, if that's who PJ has in mind. More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 17:53 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

del toro wants this movie he would love to do it thats what he has said in an interview start campaining on every site del toro del toro del toro More

Posted by ilovekaren at 17:39 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Del Toro Shouldn't Do The Hobbit
Whilst it would be brilliant if Jackson would direct, I hardly think it's time to declare a disaster because he isn't. It is after all entirely possible that whoever picks up the meaphone on this one could do just as good a job. As already pointed out there were several units on LOTR. Geoff Murphy was the 2nd unit director if I remember rightly. His directorial CV isn't exactly awe-isnpiring,(Young Guns 2 is probably the highlight) but with PJ keeping tabs it couild all work out to the goo More

Posted by Scruffybobby at 17:10 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Del Toro Shouldn't Do The Hobbit
It would be great if one of those guys could do it with the rest of the team working on it, but I'm not sure how likely that is without PJ at the helm. Wonder if phillipa boyens could write it by herself. Unfortunately I think its gonna be quite a different kettle of fish come 2009. Apart from Weta I reckon they'll get a whole new bunch in. Lets face it though, the amount of time thats passed, theres no guarantee Jackson could be as good second time round. King Kong was a pretty flawed film at More

Posted by Johnny Pneumonia at 16:28 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Del Toro Shouldn't Do The Hobbit
L: Johnny Pneumonia I think you're exactly right Timon. I'd much rather have a Kershner/Marquand type situation where the director was a trusted chap who could take over the day to day while Peter and Fran ruled from on high. I cant remember now, who was the 1st AD on LOTR? think Richard Barker was 1st AD and Marc Someone-or-other was 2nd. More

Posted by Timon at 16:12 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Del Toro Shouldn't Do The Hobbit
I think you're exactly right Timon. I'd much rather have a Kershner/Marquand type situation where the director was a trusted chap who could take over the day to day while Peter and Fran ruled from on high. I cant remember now, who was the 1st AD on LOTR? More

Posted by Johnny Pneumonia at 16:02 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Del Toro Shouldn't Do The Hobbit
Neither should any of the other 'names' banded around. All these directors have their own styles, their own looks and their own way of doing things, that's why they're as popular as they are. The Lord of the Rings world though is Jackson-created. If he isn't going to direct then I feel he should hand the reins over to someone who was also involved in creating that world so the look and feel of Middle Earth is retained. People have mentioned Fran Walsh but what about the other director More

Posted by Timon at 15:42 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

bollocks to tintin
jackson has to direct these films!please for the love of god no sam rami.all the spiderman films were vastly overated.del toro is not my first choice either.infact i can't think of anyone who could do them justice.ridley scott or spielberg if they take their time and imerse themselves in middle earth and the hobbit rather than just watching the lord or the rings.chris nolan would be up there too but plese not rami.somebody get a petition together demanding jackson direct and stop this nonsence More

Posted by danbo1138 at 14:52 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

Why the rush?
I would galdly wait 10 years if it meant that Jackson would direct both films. More

Posted by webber6969 at 13:33 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

Just My Thoughts
I read that Peter Jackson has been given full creative control of the two hobbit movies which is great news, but i still hang on to that thread of hope he'll reconsider directing them. Bringing in a new director is always a risky thing, sure it would be fresh and different but it could also be horendous. Everyone seems to be backing Del Toro for this job, but im not so sure. I think one of the main reasons rings was such a success was becasue Peter was such a fan of the books, he knew every More

Posted by coolasice2001uk at 12:59 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

Quit whingeing...
There's plenty of good directors that are perfect for the job, who I'm sure will all be jumping at the chance to direct Hobbit, so quit whingeing that Jackson's not directing, this is the best news we could expect! I'm not at all concerned about who's going to direct as I'm certain Jackson will make a good choice. The BIG question now surely is, who will be playing Bilbo? More

Posted by cunningmunki at 12:26 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

My vote is with either Cuaron or del Toro to direct. I think either one would do a fantastic job with Jackson in the background. Count Raimi out. More

Posted by mayo12 at 12:19 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

AT LEAST ITS GETTING MADE!
First off i am relieved that Jackson made up with New Line, The Hobbit is getting made and that Jackson is involved!! obviously his presence is paramount. its a crying shame that he wont be directing it but i do think it will be refreshing to see Tolkiens work nurtured by someone of equal talent and creative vision, aka Del Toro. Bring on the trolls!!!!! More

Posted by homelessdan at 12:14 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

Please we're begging you!!!
Tintin? Really? Does anybody actually want to see a movie of this outdated Belgian kid and his paedo mates? Come on Peter, if you're not gonna direct, at least write the damn thing, so we can all be sure it at least has a good script. More

Posted by manufan at 10:56 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

Anyone but Raimi.
I'll never forgive him for those spiderman abortions. Please Peter, no-one really cares about tintin. Guillmero please step into the breach quickly before McG or Paul Anderson get their hands on it. More

Posted by Lupin 3 at 10:01 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

all else can wait
lovely bones bones, tintin take a seat... sit down & wait for someone who wants to wants to pay good money to see you. the hobbit has a bigger fan base & should take priority. sod off tintin, bilbo & co come first. PJ please reconsider More

Posted by XVII at 09:36 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

Booooo! The Lovely Bones I can wait for, and I could never stand Tin Tin anyway had the same effect on me as a Calpol overdose when I was a kid. So he might as well get on with job in hand. More

Posted by steveg66 at 09:31 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

RE: I now want to see Tintin even less....
I just got the call from Peter Jackson.  Yes, I'm directing The Hobbit.    Don't worry fanboys, it's in safe hands.   Now, let's see, who to cast as Bilbo?  Get me Dean Gaffney!  Money's no object! More

Posted by nicholsonsmhead at 09:31 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

I now want to see Tintin even less....
......seriously, Jackson doing that when he could be doing the Hobbit? More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 09:28 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

Jackson probably did the right thing here
The Hobbit might not have suited his skills as it is substantially different in tone from the LOTR trilogy. Besides, Ian McKellan isn't getting any younger, and they have to get him to play Gandalf, right? More

Posted by Primus at 09:27 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

i'd rather wait a few more years for Jackson to do it than have anyone else do it. Anyway, as much as i love the Spider-Man films, Raimi isn't actually that good of a director. More

Posted by Hughezy at 09:19 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

Del Toro ain't gonna have time to do this he's got like 6 projects lined up. I'd rather see his Tarzan to be honest. Would like Cuaron but more likely it'll go to Sam Raimi he's got a reasonably clean slate and can hack the colossal size of it. Second film will tie Hobbit to LOTR no...? More

Posted by callumcostello at 09:15 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

del toro del toro del toro please not raimi not that ive got anything against the man but did you see the shite cg in spidey 3 for example spidey vs goblin 2. awful. transformers and pirates were absolutly seemless More

Posted by ilovekaren at 09:11 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

for once I'm agreeing with Empire on this, let Guillermo Del Toro direct this. I found Labyrinth hard to take but I loved every moment of it. I think he could make this into a brilliant and classic movie like Peter Jackson More

Posted by umer_ejaz at 09:08 on 20 December 2007 | Report This Post

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