The details are still coming in pretty slowly on this one, but it looks like we’ve got some very good news to report on The Hobbit just in time for the weekend. Numerous sources are claiming that Peter Jackson himself has indeed entered into talks to direct both films based on Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings precursor. This comes hot on the heels of a number of rumoured possibilities for the job including David Yates and Neill Blomkamp.
After the departure of Guillermo Del Toro, Jackson was reluctant to return to Middle Earth himself despite having heavy involvement in pre-production. This was mainly due to prior commitments and contractual obligations. It’s unclear what exactly what those commitments might have been (most likely The Adventures of Tintin or a proposed Dambusters remake) but now he is clearing his schedule in order to make it happen. He and his partners Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens have apparently scheduled trips to London and Los Angeles in the coming weeks to meet with potential casting choices, so it seems pretty clear that he is going to be directing after all.
Although a date has not yet been set, The Hobbit films will be shot back-to-back in New Zealand. Finally we can put all these damn directing rumours behind us, and get to work fabricating some quality casting rumours instead! Are you excited to have Peter Jackson back at the helm of The Hobbit, or were you looking forward to seeing someone else take the reins?