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Peter Jackson Not Directing "The Hobbit"

Posted: November 20th, 2006 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Peter Jackson Not Directing "The Hobbit"Submit Comment
A "Lord of the Rings" fansite has received some news regarding "The Hobbit." The news came from a letter sent by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, mentioning that New Line Cinema has passed up on them to direct the upcoming film. The reason is due to a lawsuit by Wingnut Films against the studio regarding "The Fellowship of the Ring." At this point New Line is looking for a new director to helm "The Hobbit" and a possible "Lord of the Rings" prequel. For the entire letter click on the link below, but here is a clip.

"Several years ago, Mark Ordesky told us that New Line have rights to make not just The Hobbit but a second 'LOTR prequel', covering the events leading up to those depicted in LOTR. Since then, we've always assumed that we would be asked to make The Hobbit and possibly this second film, back to back, as we did the original movies. We assumed that our lawsuit with the studio would come to a natural conclusion and we would then be free to discuss our ideas with the studio, get excited and jump on board. We've assumed that we would possibly get started on development and design next year, whilst filming The Lovely Bones. We even had a meeting planned with MGM executives to talk through our schedule.

However last week, Mark Ordesky called Ken and told him that New Line would no longer be requiring our services on the Hobbit and the LOTR 'prequel'. This was a courtesy call to let us know that the studio was now actively looking to hire another filmmaker for both projects.
"

Click here to read the entire letter

Source: TheOneRing.net, ComingSoon.net


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