One of the most frequent questions posed by movie fans everywhere at the moment is, who the hell is going to direct 'The Hobbit' and when the heck are we going to find out who the hell is going to direct 'The Hobbit'? Well the news is in and it turns that, according to Peter Jackson, we will find out "sometime soon".
In an interview in The Dominion Post, Jackson says he is confident that there will soon be certainty about whether it will be him or someone else who will direct the film. He also said that he plans to map out a five year plan regarding his future projects "that will keep many people very busy". Part of that plan may be a film about the battle of Gallipoli which Jackson suggests he would like to do.
The reason why 'The Hobbit' has been in limbo for so long is due to problems between Warner Bros and MGM, who are in major debt. Jackson says that Warner Bros are "making progress untangling the MGM situation, so we should have certainty with The Hobbit sometime soon".
Obviously Jackson is suited to directing 'The Hobbit' but I still think Guillermo Del Toro leaving was a big blow to the project. His brilliant creative mind seemed perfect for Tolkien's Middle Earth and I would have loved to have seen how he would have interpreted it. But alas, it wasn't to be. He left due to the constant holdups and concerns that it would prevent him from being able to get on with other projects. Let's face it, the longer this drags on, the less interesting it becomes. I'm still adamant that there is no need for it to be split in to two parts, as has been suggested it will be. It is a story that could easily fit into a 2 hour film. But that plan may change anyway.