Peter Jackson Will Direct The Hobbit...If He Has to!

Speaking to a New Zealand newspaper, the director of the original LOTR trilogy said that he would step in as director if there was no other option...

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 5/31/2010
Its not a very optimistic stance, but further to yesterdays news(see main story) that Guillermo Del Toro would be stepping down as director of The Hobbit, Peter Jackson had this to say to The Dominion Post...

If [directing the films is] what I have to do to protect Warner Bros’ investment, then obviously that’s one angle which I’ll explore…The other studios may not let me out of the contracts.

Jackson's manager had this to say only yesterday..

[Peter Jackson can't consider directing] at this time because he has and has had other commitments and obligations to other projects. That said, he and Fran will stop at nothing to protect this franchise and the investment made by New Line, Warners and MGM.



So it seems as if Jackson would step ion only as a last resort to save the studio's interests. I'm not sure that makes him the best man for the job! That may sound crazy considering the great job he did with the trilogy, but if he really doesn't want to do it and isn't passionate about it, I fear it would show in the finished film. Said commitments are primarily Tintin, and then in 2011, Tintin 2! He certainly has his work cut out for him. Jackson is confident however that the project will go ahead, he's just not sure when...

“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.”
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LEEE777 - 5/31/2010, 3:41 PM
Cool DEL TORO for DR STRANGE!!!

Everybody wins! : P
Bizmuth - 5/31/2010, 3:58 PM
would be 100 times better if Guillermo Del Toro directed it.
NERO - 5/31/2010, 4:41 PM
wellll, if he's GOT to, I guess its okay. lol
valeriesghost - 5/31/2010, 4:48 PM
HA HA HA! @sirprize
Runefyst - 5/31/2010, 4:50 PM
I dunno, it doesn't SOUND like he'd be too committed, but at the same time, PJ LOVES this franchise, so if he ended up having to do it, I bet he would put his best work forward. He proved himself with LOTR, I'm sure he could pull it off again! :D
droopy1317 - 5/31/2010, 5:01 PM
yea screw this movie. its getting no where and wasting both of these two directors time. let them do something else, del toro for Hellboy 3. sweeeeeeeet ;)
thwhtGuardian - 5/31/2010, 5:10 PM
It was never about money though CaptainProg, if they told Del Torro he could start filming right now he'd still be on the project they wouldn't need to pay him more. He left because they kept dicking around with he start date, and he's a busy guy he can't wait around forever while they get their shit together.
Dazmatron - 5/31/2010, 8:34 PM
Well to be honest Jackson was my 2nd choice in the first place. Del Toro 3rd. I've got my hopes set on Michael Bay fitting this into his schedule. If there's anything Tolkien's work needs, it's hot chicks in crop tops, fast cars and explosions till your eyes bleed. I'm thinking a Baggins Punisher cross over here.
Ryguy88 - 5/31/2010, 9:50 PM
This could be good news, he did wonders with the LOTR trilogy, but has anyone seen his latest movie, "The Lovely Bones," One of the worst that I have seen in a while... King Kong was mostly shite as well.
Ryguy88 - 5/31/2010, 9:52 PM
Dazmatron, are you kidding? Michael Bay is probably the worst director if you are trying to make a decent film and not want to just blow stuff up. He has become the cliche of hack directors.
moesharvey - 5/31/2010, 11:53 PM
As much as I love Jim, he would never direct a film that isn't completely his to put his name on. He likes to be part of the creative process from the beginning and really make it his own. Not to mention, his involvement would jack up the budget for the studio significantly.
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Raleighl - 6/1/2010, 12:37 AM
wait till I get to NZ, just keep delaying till I get there!
Dazmatron - 6/1/2010, 12:38 AM
Yeah actually I was kidding. I obviously don't read as sarcastic as I sound ;) In all seriousness though I'm a massive fan of the original trilogy, so with Del Toro out I'd be pretty happy for Jackson to direct.
SHAZAM171 - 6/1/2010, 12:41 AM
OH SNAP!!!! LOL
Vital - 6/1/2010, 1:44 AM
The Hobbit vs a movie called TinTin? Really? How is that even a choice lol?
Peter Jackson's thoughts- *hmm hall of fame, money, pride, achievements, awards, block buster... or... a movie called tintin that will bomb in the box office. Decisions decisions* lol
Vital - 6/1/2010, 1:47 AM
RyGuy88, you need to calm down duder, Bay isn't a hack director. As a matter of fact, The Island is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Directed by Bay. Then you say King Kong sucks. Man, you need to get some new taste. Yeah, it wasn't like the greatest movie alive, but it was still a good movie. I call it Jurassic Park remake as a joke, but anyway, your opinion seems wobbily. Saying he sucks (Bay) is like saying you like penis in your mouth. It's not true. (Hopefully, for your sake lol).

Uwe Boll, now that's a hack director. That MAKES SENSE. I don't even have to get into detail everyone just knows lol.
Shaman - 6/1/2010, 4:37 AM
King Kong sucked, Bay is a hack and i like penises in my mouth. Uwe Boll has gone way passed being a hack and has become the anti-christ.

In other news, Jackson will do a fine job if he has to. Rushed or not, he'll pull quality out of his ass again if he has to. I don't think his "passion" for the franchise is the issue here.
RorMachine - 6/1/2010, 4:48 AM
Nah Vital, Bay sucks. If The Island truly is one of the best films you have ever seen I suggest that you watch more movies! But I do agree that King Kong was very enjoyable for the most part.

Shaman I don't doubt his passion for the stories/films, only for the work in general. If he has a boat load of shit to do and only takes on The Hobbit as a last resort to bail out the studio if another director can't be found, he may simply be burned out.

Shaman - 6/1/2010, 5:49 AM
Ror- True, that could possibly happen. I guess only time will tell. I'm sure they'll find someone before he needs to jump in.
comicb00kguy - 6/1/2010, 6:34 AM
Shaman: I'm with you on Jackson's King Kong. The movie was waaaaaay too long, and took forever to get to the island. That was my main fault with the film. In fairness, the battle with Kong and the T-Rexes was pretty cool. The dinosaurs on the island had me thinking "this is what we SHOULD have seen in Jurassic Park".

As for Jackson doing the Hobbit, maybe the guy is just burned out from doing three of these movies at once, and doesn't relish the idea of doing another two of them at once. That, plus he's apparently set to do two of these Tintin movies (I'm not familiar with this character, but he does sound like he could be interesting, depending on the story). If Jackson does wind up stepping in and directing one or two Hobbit movies, I'm confident he'll do a good job. We shall see.
Shaman - 6/1/2010, 7:38 AM
comicb00kguy- True, the island bit was definitely the overdue highlight. And i grew up with european comics such as Lucky Luke, Asterix & Tin Tin and i don't know what the hell Jackson could ever do to make Tin Tin even remotely entertaining. It has this huge following that i simply can't fathom. It's quite probably some of the worst comics i have ever read! It even had it's own animated series for a while and it completely sucked ass! They have all these characters that have no shread of appeal what so ever. An angry ol' sailor, a 'rash young man that can't fight worth a damn but throws himself in danger's way continuously, a smart dog that apparently steals the show for no reason at all, two stupid twin detectives that wouldn't know their assholes if they had their finger in'em, a cooky scientist that has only one purpose which is to be cooky, and all that thrown into indiana jones type adventures. I don't get it and never will. I think Jackson should really focus on the hobbit instead.
SirJediFrank - 6/1/2010, 8:34 AM
comicb00kguy: this is Tin Tin:





Shaman: Tin Tin has a lot of appeal in Europe i think. a while back, one of the original Prints of only 2 pages were sold for thousands of dollars.. maybe it will be aimed at a younger audience.

Ryguy: by the way, the other one, "From my heaven" or something, about the girl that was killed and then is wandering in paradise, is ABSOLUTE BORING STUFF..man i couldn´t believe i actually watched it trhough!..
SirJediFrank - 6/1/2010, 8:39 AM
oh damn.. just a feet image.. wait a little, i´ll upload a few
Verdugo - 6/1/2010, 8:45 AM
The thing I liked about the idea of Del Toro directing The Hobbit was that he was confident enough to provide his own take to the franchise. We were going to see a fresh new vision of Middle Earth. He gave us important clues as to what he was aiming, like the time he said that his Wargs were not going to look like hyenas, but like wolves, the way they should have always look, or the time he mention that he wanted Smaug to be the ultimate dragon, and that his references were Vermithrax and Milificent the dragon from the Sleeping Beuty.

Del Toro knows how to create fantastic characters, take a look at El Laberinto del Fauno or Hellboy and Hellboy II. His creatures look extraordinary because, among other reasons, he is more incline to use prosthetics and make up than CGI, which gives his movies a different feel. (By the way he does use CGI, he just doesn’t abuse it).

On the Other hand, Peter Jackson was great on the first Trilogy, but The Hobbit is a different animal, it’s not a war epic, it’s more like a fable. It’s true it ends with a big battle, but the other ¾ of the book are a lot more naïve and intimate, following the misadventures of Bilbo, talking animals and a big bad dragon.

It’s a shame Del Toro step out of the project, he was de right man to do it.
SirJediFrank - 6/1/2010, 8:54 AM
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Shaman - 6/1/2010, 9:05 AM
Sir-Jed- I'm in Quebec and Tin Tin is HUGE here too. But i still can't see why. My girlfriend loved the shit out of it and couldn't explain to me why she did. It's just something really really bad that everybody loves LOL. To each's own but i have yet to hear why it's so appealing to everybody. If only there was some type of character development throughout the multiple volumes but it's all the same shit. An event happens, and quite naturally the 'rash young man, his smart dog and ol' surly sailor buddy find themselves or better yet throw themselves smack dab right in the middle of it. The two twin twits of detectives try to solve the case but separately from the ambitious trio. The cooky scientist is there to help out the trio but never amounts to anything. Everytime the trio gets into trouble, they find a piece of the puzzle that ultimately solves the case at the end and the twit detectives get the credit for doing nothing but being stupid. It's the same ol' tired shtick every single time. It quite simply sucks ass. There is nothing that could be brought to this franchise to make it even slightly interesting. It's a lost cause to me. But those are my tastes for ya! ;)
SirJediFrank - 6/1/2010, 9:14 AM
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SirJediFrank - 6/1/2010, 9:47 AM
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BillyBlack - 6/1/2010, 10:29 AM
NO MORE JediFrank!!

I though Tin Tin sucked before, but Tin Tin on repeat is unbearable. ^_^

Yeah, this is a bad scene with The Hobbit. MGM is a fkn train wreck, this movie has some serious problems, and that's depressing.
squirt - 6/1/2010, 5:39 PM
watch what happens, they wont even make this movie. actually they should wait till thor is done and get kenneth branagh
comicb00kguy - 6/2/2010, 6:32 AM
Shaman and others: thanks for a bit more background and perspective on what this whole Tin Tin thing is. The studio must be high on it to greenlight two movies before the first one is even shot.

SirJedi: Is that supposed to be one Tin Tin strip or just a sample of what it looks like? I hope it's the latter, because there is almost no connection between any of the panels!

I'd rather see Jackson do the Hobbit, personally. While the LOTR movies certainly have their faults, Jackson certainly captured the look and feel of Middle Earth. The movies were probably as close to the books as we had any hope of ever seeing. I would think that Jackson could be trusted to bring the Hobbit to life, though it doesn't need two films to tell its story!
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