Peter Jackson May Direct The Hobbit (If Possible)

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:29 pm,

If you’ve been following the news on the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit, you’ll be well aware of all the trouble behind the scenes. There’ve been major financial troubles over at MGM (one of the film’s financiers) and even with the screenplays finished, the film apparently hasn’t even been officially greenlit yet.

However, yesterday came a whopper of an announcement: Guillermo del Toro will no longer be directing The Hobbit. In my opinion he was a fantastic choice to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy book, his style perfectly matching the aesthetic of the novel’s world. A silver lining in all this is the fact that del Toro’s co-written scripts will stay put and he’ll continue polishing them for the next few months.

Del Toro’s departure obviously leaves The Hobbit without a director, but who could possibly fill his shoes? The logical choice is Peter Jackson, since he helmed the Lord of the Rings trilogy,  And if it comes down to it, that’s who may very well take the helm.

Jackson recently spoke to New Zealand’s Dominion Post and told them he met with studio execs yesterday about finding a replacement for del Toro. However, he isn’t ruling out stepping into the director’s chair himself if need be – “If that’s what I have to do to protect Warner Bros’ investment, then obviously that’s one angle which I’ll explore”

Peter Jackson to replace Guillermo del Toro as director of The Hobbit?

The trouble is that Jackson is currently contracted for two other projects, one of which starts shooting next year and would directly conflict with shooting The Hobbit – he might not be able to free himself. “The other studios may not let me out of the contracts.”

As for which two projects Jackson is tied to, we already know he is contracted to direct the second Tintin movie (Steven Spielberg directed the first). However, Jackson has several other project lined up, any one of which could be the second project he mentioned: Dambusters, an adaptation of the sci-fi book series Mortal Engines and an adaptation of the fantasy novels Temeraire.

Peter Jackson - busy man

You’ll be happy to know that there are no plans to shut down preparations for The Hobbit. Even though the project isn’t officially in pre-production (as I said, it’s not even been greenlit), work has already begun on building sets and so forth, including that of Hobbiton.

Jackson also went on to say the absolute earliest shooting start date for The Hobbit would be this November (keeping in line with the “end of year-ish” schedule Andy Serkis mentioned recently), but finding a new director is certainly a thing of importance:

“I just don’t know now until we get a new director. The key thing is that we don’t intend to shut the project down…. We don’t intend to let this affect the progress. Everybody, including the studio, wants to see things carry on as per normal. The idea is to make it as smooth a transition as we can.”

Personally I wanted Jackson to direct the film when the project was first announced – that is before del Toro’s name was brought up, of course. Jackson had already immersed himself in the world of Middle Earth and thus he’d be able to slide back into that world for The Hobbit more easily than a newcomer. I hope he’s able to get out of his other contracts and starts work on The Hobbit as director ASAP.

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Would you like to see Peter Jackson take on directorial duties for The Hobbit now that del Toro isn’t directing? Or would you prefer some fresh blood?

If all goes to plan, Part 1 of The Hobbit will hit theaters in December, 2012, with Part 2 following a year later in December, 2013.

Source: The Dominion Post via Collider

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  1. I really dont feel like this movie should even be made sand into two movies just seems to be pretty over the top and just another plaoy of hollywood studios trying to milk a franchise for everything that its worth. Jackson directed it would definately be a plus though and we woudl probably get teh same exact feel in teh movies as we did in the LOR saga. I would much rather see Jackson take on new projects though. He has such a craetive mind lets see what else he can do

  2. If I were the producers associated with those other projects ,
    And he pulled out,
    I would never work with Jackson again .

    • I agree, he’s in a tough spot, and I know he wanted to do new things, the guy directed an entire trilogy based on these books. I honestly think they should just let it die so Peter can move on. He NEEDS to move on, these projects are very time consuming because of the scope and detail, just let it die.

  3. I think that Peter should step in again, obviously. Hell do an awsome job :-)

  4. Jackson should step in make an amazing movie and we can all move on…

  5. Can we just get Peter Jackson to be the director, enough is enough already. With all that is going on in the world, if we dont get started on this film soon I dont think it will ever see the light of day.
    Jackson get out of the other two movie contracts and make the Hobbit movie. JUST MAKE IT HAPPEN!!! NO MORE DELAYS!!!

  6. I feel like Jackson taking the director’s chair is the only way any of Del Toro’s ideas will make it into the final film. Any other director would want to take their own spin on it, and I really want to see some of the creature ideas Del Toro’s come up with.

    • Agreed. Jackson worked with del Toro on all those designs, so he’d be very unlikely to throw them out and start from scratch. Alfonso Cuarón (another director people have been suggesting) would probably respect del Toro’s designs too, as he’s a personal friend of his.

      I hope del Toro at least produces The Hobbit. That would give him some more control over the project (and help him make sure his designs get used), and it would give him plenty of free time to work on his other projects.

  7. the tolkien universe found the right guidance when jackson took it all on, for anyone else, even del toro as grea as he is wouldnt do the films a damn bit of justice. i personallynever wanted del toro on board for this ride, the creatures(i stated this in another post on the del toro bailout too)would be too pans, or too hellboy-shy for my taste

  8. What a mess.

    I would much MUCH rather see Del Toro give it a go than Jackson. I don’t want Hobbit to end up looking like any of the LOTR movies.

    Without Del Toro, I don’t have much interest in this movie anymore. Really sad that he left but what do you expect when they ask him to dedicate 6 freaking years to making it and then go on endless delays.

  9. I’m somewhat relieved del Toro is no longer aboard. I realize they wanted a new take on Middle-Earth but nothing needed to be changed. In my opinion all of the creatures in the trilogy were brought to life really well: the fellbeasts, trolls, shelob, mouth of sauron, wargs, balrog, and even the orcs, all were exceptional. Del Toro, as talented and creative as he may be, is not needed for these Hobbit films to be just as good as the trilogy.


    • I agree that most of the creatures in Jackson’s film trilogy looked pretty good, but with one exception: the wargs. They looked more like hyaenas than the European hounds Tolkien would have envisaged. Del Toro said that he was going to change their design…

  10. I hope Peter Jackson will direct it, Del Toro has left his presence on the film already so there is some fresh blood but it shouldn’t stray to far from the original trilogy. Let him direct the Hobbit films, the Dambusters, and the film adaption of the Temeraire novels and get out of the others. I really cant see any one else helming this project.

  11. No offense but screw Tin Tin for now……push that project back if possible. Del Toro has been the creative force in relation to design for almost 2 years, so let Mr. Jackson finish this up and bring it to the big screen.