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Peter Jackson Not Directing "The Hobbit"

Posted: December 19th, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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After news broke that Peter Jackson is returning to make two more "Hobbit" films, Entertainment Weekly decided to do a bit of digging to find out what this is all about. Here is what they were able to come up with:

Jackson and business partner Fran Walsh have always envisioned the big-screen adaptation of "The Hobbit" as two movies. The first would deal with the 80-year old novel. The second, imagined entirely by Jackson and Walsh, would link the conclusion of "The Hobbit" to the start of the first "Lord of the Rings" book, "The Fellowship of the Ring." New Line and Jackson will develop the properties over the next year with hopes of entering into pre-production by 2009 for a 2010 and 2011 release. No writers, including Jackson, Walsh, and their longtime partner Philippa Boyens, have been commissioned.

New Line has already decided that both films will be produced at the same time, in similar fashion to how the "LOTR" trilogy was put together, and no budgets have been assigned the films yet. According to New Line's co-chair Robert Shaye, "You can't budget an idea."

While MGM and New Line want to keep Jackson's involvement in the film as broad as possible, hinting that he may take up both writing and directing responsibilities, Jackson's manager Ken Kamins told Hollywood Insider that Jackson won't be directing the films. "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."

Directors Sam Raimi (Spider-Man), Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth), and Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men) are still the names that come up as alternate possibilities, but no official creative decision has been made.

Decisions will begin being made in early 2008 when New Line plans to sit down with Jackson to hash out critical details.

Click here to read more about "The Hobbit."

Source: Entertainment Weekly


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OrangeCrush writes:
on December 20th, 2007 at 1:47:26 AM

It just wont be the same wihout Jackson behind the helm. Jackson and Walsh were a perfect match for Lord of the Rings and I honestly believe that no other team today including the greats like Spielberg could have done with this story what the team behind Jackson was able to do. With that being said I would much rather wait until Jackson had time to do this properly then to get a director like Raimi for these films as again I dont see them being even remotely as good as what Jackson would give us. This is 100% New Line's fault as Jackson would have started this project a long time ago if it werent for them trying to screw Jackson with thier Hollywood accounting and hence the lawsuit. Shame on that company for trying to screw the man that made this franchise into a 3 billion plus dollar success. I guess no amount of money is ever enough to these studio's and they are now paying the price and so to will the fans.

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