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Blomkamp Back In The Hobbit Rumour Mix
Neill listed as possible choice. Again.

20 June 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: TheOneRing

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Given that he was plucked from mainstream obscurity (aside from his shorts and SFX work) by Peter Jackson, groomed to direct the HALO adaptation and then supported in the making of District 9 when the video game-based pic fell apart, it’s not surprising that Neill Blomkamp’s name is endlessly linked with The Hobbit.

He’s been the subject of speculation even before Guillermo del Toro got the job, mentioned in the same breath as Sam Raimi and Jackson himself. And now, with del Toro out of the big chair thanks to the seemingly endless delays due to MGM’s problems, it’s hardly a shock to see the District 9 director’s name cropping up again.

While Blomkamp has technically committed to his next film, another lower budget sci-fi pic, the lure of The Hobbit is likely strong. It'll all depend where the contracts sit, even if he is interested in sending Bilbo on his quest.

Make no mistake, however: as the team at TheOneRing is quick to point out, nothing has been made official in any capacity yet. But the website, which has its ear to the ground on any Middle-earth developments and has close ties to Jackson and co, are reporting that various sources claim he’s at least close to getting the job.

Backers MGM and Warner Bros. are apparently still hoping that leaving desperate messages on Peter Jackson’s voicemail and sending pleading emails will get him to relent and take on the films himself, something which he is staunchly against, since he’d prefer to simply oversee the production. Which was rather why he picked an experienced old hand to direct the movie in the first place.

Blomkamp has shown that he’s got the chops with D9 (which nabbed more than one Oscar nomination), though he’s never tackled something as big as The Hobbit. But he’d have Jackson’s full support and we know the two like and trust each other. Meanwhile, casting is apparently plodding along, all with the understanding that nothing has been set in stone yet, given the pesky financial details still being hammered out in Hollywood.

When will we hear? As the site posits, Comic-Con is the likely choice, since it’s now only a month away and if Warner Bros. and MGM have their dwarves in a row, that would be the prime place to grab maximum exposure for a new director’s coronation, whoever it is that has the task.

Thanks to Cinematical for the spot.


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Lost in Osgilliath
At this point, they could make a movie out of how this movie might never get made a la 'Lost in La Mancha.' Personally, I wanted Del Toro to direct this. But Blomkamp did a good job with D9, and his not being tested on a big-budget epic puts him pretty much in the same place as Jackson back in the pre-LotR: FotR days, when the one movie I really knew him for was the creepy 'Heavenly Creatures.' I'd wish Blomkamp luck, but (1) I doubt he'd read this comment ) At this point I seriously doub More

Posted by HighwayJoe at 14:58 on 26 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Blomkamp Back In The Hobbit Rumour Mix
David Yates then? More

Posted by Deviation at 20:17 on 21 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Blomkamp Back In The Hobbit Rumour Mix
L: adambatman82 While I like the idea of Blomkamp tackling the film, I can't help but think I'd rather see him do some more original work. I had the same feelings with Del Toro, in that I would rather see them work on their own material than commit to LOTR for 5 years. 5 Years is a massive chunk of time out of the career of someone like Blomkamp, it seems a shame for him to commit so much time to something like this. Saying that, I'm sure it would be amazing. sp;   Exactly, whoe More

Posted by Rhubarb at 18:29 on 21 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: What worries me...
No, no, no, no.   Blomkamp should be making his mid budget sci-fi movies.   Can someone ask Peter Weir or Vincent Ward to step in!?!?   That, said Copley should totally get a role in the Hobbit. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 14:28 on 21 June 2010 | Report This Post

Better option than del Toro. Hope it happens. More

Posted by sephiroth7 at 14:26 on 21 June 2010 | Report This Post

What worries me...
...is that LOTR was such an exquisite masterpiece because everything worked from the get go. It was a well oiled machine where I'm guessing even Weta's cleaning ladies were as enthusiastic about the project as Jackson and his production team were. Films that start in this troubled fashion often (but not always) reflect these troubled waters in the finished product. Let's just hope Mr J has his shit wired tight and his powder dry on this one and no, I don't really know what that means other than More

Posted by bradthunder at 12:55 on 21 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Blomkamp Back In The Hobbit Rumour Mix
I'd be happy with Blomkamp. I'd be even happier with Jackson though. I'm impatient though. I want this to happen sooner. More

Posted by shool at 12:52 on 21 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Blomkamp Back In The Hobbit Rumour Mix
While I like the idea of Blomkamp tackling the film, I can't help but think I'd rather see him do some more original work. I had the same feelings with Del Toro, in that I would rather see them work on their own material than commit to LOTR for 5 years. 5 Years is a massive chunk of time out of the career of someone like Blomkamp, it seems a shame for him to commit so much time to something like this. Saying that, I'm sure it would be amazing. More

Posted by adambatman82 at 12:39 on 21 June 2010 | Report This Post

nice
anyone has gotta be better than David Yates, at least they're going in the right direction More

Posted by 7eke at 10:13 on 21 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: I'm siding with scabo33
Would be an interesting choice,would he cut the mustard with a huge budget though? Also,i think this franchise is passed its sell-by date. More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 08:59 on 21 June 2010 | Report This Post

I'm siding with scabo33
GO Neil!!!!!!!!!! More

Posted by monkeyhumour at 07:42 on 21 June 2010 | Report This Post

I'm siding with scabo33
GO Neil!!!!!!!!!! More

Posted by monkeyhumour at 07:42 on 21 June 2010 | Report This Post

Loved District 9, as for The Hobbit...
...I DON'T FUCKING CARE !!!! Dead horse flogged... More

Posted by wgfuzzydunlop1 at 03:02 on 21 June 2010 | Report This Post

Fringers crossed
Perfect Choice. The only director who can out run Jackson! :) More

Posted by scabo33 at 23:03 on 20 June 2010 | Report This Post

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