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Peter Jackson to Produce but not Direct The Hobbit

Peter Jackson to Produce — But Not Direct — The Hobbit

The long-held disagreements between Peter Jackson and his Lord of the Rings studio New Line are being put aside as the two parties discuss their future collaboration on The Hobbit prequels to the Lord of the Rings. Jackson has agreed to serve as executive producer on the Hobbit films — but he will not direct.

There will be not one, but two prequel films shot simultaneously — similar to how the Lord of the Rings films were done. One will release in 2010 with the second one following up in 2011.

Jackson seems quite content with this arrangement, stating "I'm very pleased that we've been able to put our differences behind us, so that we may begin a new chapter with our old friends at New Line. We are delighted to continue our journey through Middle Earth." No word on possible directors, though Peter Weir and Sam Raimi have been oft-rumored names in connection with the project.

What do you think about this news? Could this continued "journey through Middle Earth" be as good without Peter Jackson?

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beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
yay! i've been missing the series a lot. what does a producer do really? no idea, really.
angelinemarie angelinemarie 9 years
yay! the hobbit is such a good book
nikkih nikkih 9 years
I wish he were directing, but at least he'll have some part of The Hobbit, which is good I guess. I can't wait to see these movies!
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I have mixed feelings. I'm super happy they're listening to their nerd fanbase, but I'd still rather he directed.
rachaelnexus rachaelnexus 9 years
As long as he keeps involved in the project..., but i would have preferred that he had been the director at last, well, we´ll see, I´m looking forward to see it though :)
DCStar DCStar 9 years
I'm pleased to hear they're moving forward. I've always loved the Hobbit! Are they breaking it into two movies? It is an action-packed little book.
dlm37 dlm37 9 years
New Line should have begged and pleaded with him to direct!! No one can do it better.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
I figured he's have something to do with it, if they ever decided to film it.
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 9 years
I'd like for him to direct as well...
leahlarocco leahlarocco 9 years
This is awesome. I just finished reading the book. It's going to be an amazing film!
verily verily 9 years
If he's the executive producer, he'll have a lot of say in how the movie is developed. However, I'd much rather see him directing as it will flow better from the Hobbit to the LOTR trilogy.
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