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Friday, December 21, 2007

Why Jackson is NOT Directing "The Hobbit" and Who Is?

Though many found it to be great news that Peter Jackson was on board to have a hand in "The Hobbit" films, it wasn't quite what everyone was expecting. Peter Jackson will be producing "The Hobbit," which is to be split in to two films, but will not be directing. His reasoning for this? Jackson's manager, Ken Kamins, explains:

"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."

So who is up to direct "The Hobbit?" Apparently Sam Raimi's name is still being thrown around, but he's not my first choice. Other names that have been mentioned for "The Hobbit" are Guillermo Del Toro ("Pans Labyrinth," "Hellboy") and Alfonso Cuaron ("Children of Men," "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban").

Both of those last two names sound great for "The Hobbit." If it came down to them my vote would go to Guillermo Del Toro. In the end though, I still wish Jackson would push aside this "Tintin" project and direct "The Hobbit." So what if we'd have to wait longer. Am I the only one who thinks it would be worth it?

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