The mist is still swirling over at MGM, where they are desperately trying to find a director to replace Guillermo Del Toro on The Hobbit. Mike Fleming at Deadline.com reports that both MGM and Warner Brothers are doing their best to convince Peter Jackson to take on the job himself, but he appears reluctant and there are a few other possibilities that have come to light. Among them: David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) and Brett Ratner (X-Men 3: The Last Stand), although I have a hard time believing anyone would entrust The Hobbit to either one. The far more likely candidate is David Yates, the director of the final four Harry Potter films… who also happens to have another possible project on his plate based on a popular comic book series.
Although /Film found Yates listed a frontrunner for The Hobbit on an industry tracking board earlier this week, Yates has since denied these claims. That doesn’t necessarily mean anything, however. He certainly seems like a perfect fit for the job, aside from the fact that he will likely be tied up with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows post-production work until sometime next year.
But now apparently there’s another movie that Yates may be attached to. According to Pajiba, he is possibly being considered to direct a movie based on Bill Willingham’s Vertigo comic series Fables. You may remember that there is also a Fables TV series in development over at ABC, and this is an unrelated project, although they could conceivably pose a threat to the other. Not much else is known about the Fables movie aside from the fact that it is being produced by Gregory Noveck (Jonah Hex, Red). What do you think… could David Yates be a good choice for The Hobbit, and are you interested in seeing a Fables feature film?