The Making of “The Hobbit” Part 77—Peter Jackson to direct…maybe
It seems that MGM is STILL trying to get “The Hobbit” made into a feature film. Peter Jackson of course was the original director of the stunningly awesome Lord of the Rings trilogy and has expressed his desire to make The Hobbit into a film before. Apparently would-be director Guillermo del Toro has dropped out of talks to direct The Hobbit.
The Jackson’s film versions of Lord of the Rings trilogy saw HUGE success in theaters across the world, which makes one wonder why the heck it has been SO difficult to get The Hobbit going as a movie.
Word is that MGM’s serious debt and uncertain future has something to do with it. MGM owns 50 percent of the rights to The Hobbit and if they end up bankrupt, well the rights may end up in bankruptcy court too.
Of course there is still speculation as to just who is going to play the role of the Hobbit in question, Bilbo Baggins. Years ago when talks of making the film first began James Mcavoy was named as a possible fill for the lead role. Although the actor later denied this, he did appear as a funky fawn in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, so you know he’s not above parading around as a odd woodland creature with weird feet! We see you James!
But with James taking on more roles and expecting the birth of his first child sometime this year, you gotta wonder if the ship hasn’t already sailed on that choice.