Peter Jackson In Talks to Direct Both ‘Hobbit’ Movies

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Both Heat Vision and Deadline are reporting what I am sure many assumed would take place, and that is Peter Jackson is in negotiations to direct both The Hobbit and its as yet untitled sequel for Warner Bros., New Line and MGM.

Since Guillermo del Toro’s May 30 departure from the project several directors have been rumored to be directing including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows helmer David Yates and most recently District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, but, as always, those were just rumors.

Mike Fleming reports Jackson will “shortly take the reins over from Guillermo del Toro” and that “the case is being made to MGM’s owners to loosen the purse strings and make the movies happen.” Expectation is for Jackson to once again shoot both films back-to-back, just as he did with the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

As of now this is the extent of the report and other than what I expect will be a full-fledged confirmation soon, I am not sure we should expect much more until MGM does decide to move forward with the film despite their financial woes, which have recently resulted in the delay of their Red Dawn remake and a rumored delay of Drew Goddard’s Cabin in the Woods, which was co-written by Joss Whedon.