Peter Jackson Will Direct The Hobbit Movies After All


After a lot of hee’ing and haw’ing, it looks like Peter Jackson will step down from his producer-only chair to direct the two “Hobbit” films after all. According to Deadline, Jackson is currently in negotiations with the three studios in the mix, Warner Bros., New Line and MGM to hatch out a new deal that would allow him to produce and also helm both big-budget films, with the idea of shooting them back-to-back, similar to his approach on the first “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

The sudden departure of Guillermo Del Toro had left the two franchise films without a director, and for a while the studios were trying to get Jackson to direct, but he kept insisting he couldn’t, or wouldn’t. Names like David Yates and Neill Blomkamp were tossed out there as potential directors, but at the end of the day, it was always Peter Jackson’s job to give away.

So rejoice, Tolkien movie fans, the man who made hobbits and orcs and Middle Earth common household names will be returning to the land of Tolkien for two more films. This is really the ideal outcome for everyone, from the studios to the fans. But perhaps not for Jackson, who really seemed adamant about not spending another 3-4 years of his life living and breathing hobbits, before finally acquiescing. One hopes that initial reluctance won’t show itself in the finished product.

Peter Jackson can't outrun the Hobbits.

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  • romeogarcia

    Great!!! The only men besides del toro to direct is jackson!!!! Good choice!!!

  • Dominique

    I know the die hards have been clamoring for this for years and are overjoyed but I think Jackson was right in not wanting to jump back into Hobbit Town so soon after the monumental undertaking that was the LotR trilogy. I don't think a man like Jackson will let his relectance to return to the directing chair show in the final product of the film; but if it somehow does in any way…..the fanboys have nobody to blame but themselves. You got what you asked for. I personally think Neill Blomkamp would have made an AWESOME replacement for del Toro after getting royally fucked out of directing the live-action Halo film (really Hollywood? What the hell were you thinking?), The Hobbit films didn't NEED Jackson to direct. But eh, guess the Powers That Be felt differently. Ask Ridley Scott.

  • Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I don't think it will show either but I htink it was more or less that he wanted to do other things before he did jump back in this if at all, and with the studios and fans clamoring for The Hobbit he figured if he pulled himself out of the running they'd HAVE to get someone else. But still being attached (which I'm glad he was) made it impossible to completely divest himself of the franchise. I agree Blokamp woulda done a great job, especially with his connection to Jackson, but I think this was the right choice. He may not have wanted to do it, but he's the best choice to make it more cohesive. Just glad it's not some hack.