Saturday, June 26, 2010

Will Peter Jackson Return to Middle Earth for The Hobbit?

Great news from Middle Earth! It looks like Peter Jackson might direct "The HOBBIT" after all.

The Heat Vision reports that Jackson is in negotiations to helm The Hobbit, which will be split in two movies. Almost a month ago, this project was left without a director after Guillermo del Toro, who spent more than a year of writing and doing pre-production on the project, parted ways on May 30 because of a complicated financial situation on MGM's part.

Del Toro's move caught observers by surprise because the filmmaker had devoted so much time to work with Jackson drawing up plans for the movies, and working on the script with Jackson, Fran Walsh and Phillippa Boyens. He moved his family to New Zealand. Casting was even in the early stages.

But ever since his departure, Warner Bros. and New Line, which run point on the production over partner MGM, has never done a full-on search for a director, even as some names surfaced as possible contenders. Why? Because the studio was saving most of its energy trying to woo Jackson back to the project.

Jackson is the most logical choice not only because he made the "Lord of the Rings" movies but also because he is deeply involved as a producer on the "Hobbit" films.

For now, all we can do is wait for it to be entirely official, and for Jackson to reclaim his Middle Earth throne in making THE HOBBIT movie a reality.

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