As you no doubt heard after that guy who never shut up about “The Simarillion” jumped off of his roof, Guillermo Del Toro has bailed on the Hobbit, largely thanks to MGM continuing its agonizingly slow descent into obscurity and failure, a once vital and beloved film studio, an icon of American culture that changed the course of film history and America, torn apart by hubris and callous business practices, choking on a bolus of debt, soon to be stripped for parts like a bombed-out wreck in a really bad neighborhood.
But one of the more valuable parts is the “Hobbit” rights. Even with $3 billion in debt, MGM was paying everybody on the Hobbit, so it’s gonna get made at some point. But then: who’s going to direct?
Well, some other hairy foreigner, notably Peter Jackson. You might remember him, he directed that “King Kong” remake that was like being served a moist, delicious 300-pound chocolate cake, and then being forced to eat all of it at gunpoint. And needless to say he’s thrilled with the proposition of directing the Hobbit, so thrilled he said:
“If that’s what I have to do to protect Warner Bros’ investment, then obviously that’s one angle which I’ll explore,” he said. But stepping in as director would be difficult as he had signed writer and director contracts with Hollywood studios for two other films, with one likely to begin next year. “The other studios may not let me out of the contracts.” [DominionPost]
Wow, that’s just…ringingly enthusiastic.
[ via SciFiWire ]