TheOneRing reports that Peter Jackson wants Neill Blomkamp to take over the directing duties on “The Hobbit” prequels.
With Guillermo del Toro’s departure, various names have been rumoured as candidates with Jackson himself indicating that if no-one else can be secured, he would take on the job.
His championing of Blomkamp though isn’t a major surprise, the pair worked closely together on “District 9” which Blomkamp directed and Jackson produced.
The hiring would mean Jackson would likely have more creative control than if a long-running director (eg. Sam Raimi) with his own signature style came onboard, while Blomkamp’s “District 9” demonstrated the rising new filmmaker’s strong talent and skill whilst working within a budget.