(does anyone else miss fat Peter Jackson? )
Just a few days ago it was reported (by us and the pretty much the rest of the net) of deadline.com’s claim that Peter Jackson was in negotiations to helm “The Hobbit” films in replacement of Guillermo Del Toro, who recently dropped out of the directing chair (not literally. Though, he is pretty fat) because of other obligations. Hearsay we tell you, hearsay! Harry Knowles of ainitcool got a comment from a source who he refers to as “Derek” (*cough, Peter Jackson) that said:
“No, nothing has really changed – I’ve always said that me directing was one option, and so that’s not really news. The studio are working out what that deal would look like, because how else do they know if it’s a viable option? But it’s honestly one of several different options – many irons are in the fire right now. What’s of great concern to everyone right now is trying to stay on schedule and not slip back another year, because we will start losing people – and that’s increasingly difficult as each day passes. A lot of people – both film makers and studios are working very hard right now, trying to get a positive outcome here.”
So, there you have it. We are not any closer to a director or for that matter a Hobbit film (sad). I dunno know why we are even discussing director news/rumors in the first place. I know we are all eager to see a news head line that reads “Peter Jackson Confirmed to Direct The Hobbit” but regardless of directing rumors it’s not like the film will just kick off production as soon as the slot has been filled. Ya, there’s a script, there’s sets, props, actors signed on and all sorts of wheels in motion but this flick is probably not going to happen. Not while there’s all this studio financial crap going on. See, MGM, the debt-laden studio that owns 50 percent of the rights to the classic tale has been trying to sell their share to the highest bidder. But, amounts offered have failed to satisfy their creditors. This is supposedly why Del Toro had to leave. Being that a financial deal had not been worked out the production got delayed. Delayed long enough to screw with Del Toro’s schedule. He had other film obligations that couldn’t be breached or he’d get sued up the wazoo. The studio has a debt waiver that expires in mid-July and it’s speculated that unless they can sort out its future with debt holders production of the LOTR prequel will be on hold indefinite.