Peter Jackson's manager says the director won't helm 'The Hobbit'

As Hollywood Insider reported earlier today, Peter Jackson will executive produce The Hobbit and a sequel, both set to go into pre-production as soon as possible. But although MGM president Harry Sloan told Hollywood Insider there was a chance Jackson himself might end up directing the films, Jackson’s manager Ken Kamins tells HI that was not possible:

“Peter won’t be directing the films because he felt the fans have waited long enough for The Hobbit,” Kamis said. “It will take the better part of every day of the next four years to write, direct, and produce the two Hobbit films. Given his current obligations to both The Lovely Bones and Tintin, waiting for Peter, Fran [Walsh, Jackson’s life/creative partner), and Philippa [Boyens, co-writer/co-producer] to write, direct, and produce The Hobbit would require the fans wait even longer. By serving as executive producers and having approval over all creative elements of both films, Peter can ensure that the films will be made with the same intimacy and care as if they were writing and directing themselves.”

Despite rumors that Sam Raimi, Alfonso Cuarón, or Guillermo del Toro will be taking over directing duties, sources say that no decisions have been made on that subject, nor has a writer been chosen.

According to New Line co-chief Bob Shaye, the studio plans to meet with Jackson in early 2008 and begin the development process. “All decisions about writers and directors will be made in conjunction with Peter,” Shaye told HI. Another source confirmed that Jackson, Walsh, and Boyens will have director, writer, and cast approval.

It will take some time before anyone begins penning a script for The Hobbit because of the ongoing writers’ strike and Jackson’s schedule — the director is in Pennsylvania shooting The Lovely Bones until February. But surely Jackson is planning a big ole bender back in New Zealand, right? “Honestly, I haven’t talked to Peter!” said Kamins, laughing. “He just got home from Pennsylvania last night!”

Additional reporting by Nicole Sperling

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  • Court

    Oh please, if we can’t have Peter Jackson for at least one of them, please Guillermo del Toro, please!

  • Anonymous

    Ok, so he won’t direct because he doesn’t want us to have to wait? What if we would rather wait so that it’s worthwhile? Kinda silly, personally.

  • Suzanne

    We’ll wait, dammit! We’ve been waiting before. We’re good at it. If it’s a choice between PJ and another director… Just ask the fans. We’ll wait.

  • Bernie

    Peter Jackson seems to have won the war … But Im not “THAT” happy … I always had a felling that it would end up like this. Pity he won’t direct … But honestly, I was crapping myself when I heard that he was actually offered to direct but declined … But he has ‘The Lovely Bones’ which is a huge project. That won’t be finished until, what? Dec 2008. So this is good but not great. Nevertheless, upon the stars, we yell:
    Ps, Yes, I would approve of Del Toro too, but HellBoy was … Ugh. Nevertheless, Pan was excellent … He’s good but then bad …
    BERNIE 07

  • Peikko

    Just like everyone else says, we’ll wait… we’ll wait!! Much rather have the richness of the experience 10 years from now than the “yeah, it was okkkk, but….” kinda of letdown (apologies to other directors) we stand a good chance of 4-5 years from now.

  • sam

    I’ve said it from the time I heard about any of the LOTR movie’s.
    The film should have been made.
    PJ should take the time to do this film, it would be worth the wait.
    I wouldn’t want anyone else making it .
    It may lose something in the transaltion, and it might lose some of the magic that only PJ could create.
    I’m a die hard fan of the LOTR movies.
    I think myself ,and several million other’s rather wait, and get the film made with his passion than have someone else do it.

  • Hannah

    What sequel there is no sequel to the Hobbit

  • Mike

    Will the cast be the same? enquiring minds want to know

  • Bo

    I’ll wait, the only thing thats important is that Jackson directs.

  • Suresh

    I will wait as long it takes to make both the HOBBOT”S.The director should PJ



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