Why Guillermo del Toro left 'The Hobbit' -- and Peter Jackson will not replace him as director

Over the last four years, there has scarcely been another project in Hollywood that has been more highly anticipated — and has weathered more back-room […] Read the full post.

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  • mike

    Neil Blomkamp for sure, if Del toro is out, he would be the best choice, he made District 9 with Peter Jackson, and it is one of the best movies in the last 10 years.

    • Parser

      No. Blomkamp did not make District 9 with Peter Jackson. Peter Jackson had as much involvement with that film as Quentin Tarentino had with Iron Monkey. He saw it, said “oooo, this film would make good money in the states!”, bought the US distribution rights, attached his name to the credits, and released it. Blomkamp is a visionary, but the Hobbit is not a film for a softmore director. I still say the only director out there for this film is Chris Columbus.

      • Danny

        You’re mistaken, Parser. Jackson was very involved in producing District 9. In fact it was Fran’s idea to make a feature length version of Blomcamp’s Alive in Joburg when in financing for Halo fell through. It’s Blmcamp’s film, but Jackson was a supportive involved producer.

  • Parser

    Really? Cuaron? Come on guys, lets look at the facts. Cuaron would have been good for The Empire Strikes Back, or The Two Towers, but his ability lies mostly in working with dark material. He bastardized Azkaban, stripped most of the storyline in favor of the darker parts of the book. With him at the helm, The Hobbit would be a four hour fight with a dragon. Personally, I am glad Del Toro dropped. I honestly don’t think he has the vision required for this film. I am sad that the wingnut wont pick it up as well. To me, the only person that could pick up the mantle and do it right probably won’t be called. As I don’t think Peter Jackson’s ego would allow “In association with Wingnut Films” and “In association with 1492 Films” to appear on the same frame. Chris Columbus is the only director left with enough imagination to do this and do it right.

    • Ian

      Columbus would be awful for The Hobbit.

    • SSU

      Terry Gilliam. What about him?
      He has “vision” in spades!

  • don

    Alfonso Cuaron is definately my top choice. Also, I don’t think David Yates will be too bad. Although Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix wasn’t that great, The Half-Blood Prince was really good and was beautifully shot. Spike Jonze wouldn’t be too bad either. I thought his adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are was wonderful and dark, and the way he filmed it was brilliant.

  • Ken

    NO TIM BURTON!!!! He is a fantastic director, but The Hobbit story (in my opinion) demands not Burton’s originality and his weird (not a knock on him) stamp on the picture. It demands a thematic, visual and melodious fit with the LOTR films.

  • Davey

    Cuaron is a fine director but why do I think he wouldn’t be interested. Tim Burton would ruin the material. The Hobbit needs someone visionary to direct and there aren’t that many of those directors around. Too bad MGM is causing this mess.

  • chickenrex

    I won’t settle for ANYONE but James Cameron!!!(nose in the air, arms crossed)

  • chickenrex

    Okay, maybe Kathryn Bigelow.

  • chickenrex

    Okay, Okay, Drew Barrymore. But that’s as far as I go!!!

  • Joe Linderberg

    Tim Burton??? Are you nuts? He killed off the original Batman movie franchise with the first one!

  • Ikia

    Love Burton, but he doesn’t have the right touch for this film. And after what Raimi did to Spiderman, he better not get his grubby little hands anywhere NEAR Bilbo Baggins.

  • clovis25

    I don’t think the issue here is the director and until the issue with MGM is solved why bother finding a director. One of the other two studios should buy MGM out. On the directors side please no Tim Burton.

  • Danny

    Whoever directs this will need to be comfortable walking into a heavily preplanned film, if they don’t want to start from scratch with designs and sets and pre-viz effects etc. Maybe an unknown first time director from within Peter’s camp like Christian Rivers who has a lot of experience, has been working on the project and trusts Jackson and vice versa?

    • Snsetblaze

      Or perhaps Peter’s writing partner Fran Walsh?

  • Snsetblaze

    Why does it have to be a guy? Why not Katherine Bigelow – didn’t she just win the Oscar for The Hurt Locker?

  • Andrew m

    Oh man if Alfonso Cuarón directs that would be amazing. He so great, but I see some problems. He in pre-production of his film Gravity, staring RDJ, so he might not be able to direct.

  • Andrew m

    No Tim Burrton, when he is good (Ed Wood, Edward Scissor Hands) its him making the world or doing the screenplay, I can’t see doing the Hobbit

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