Looks like no-one else has been found as Deadline reports that Peter Jackson has decided to direct both installments of “The Hobbit” with his deal being negotiated right now with Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line and MGM.
Since Guillermo del Toro’s departure, Jackson has seemed the most obvious choice to take over direction of the film though manager Ken Kamins has denied the claims due to Jackson’s obligations to other projects. It now seems that Jackson has worked to extricate himself from said obligations, the most obvious being “The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun” which he was slated to direct.
The other issue of course has been MGM’s financial difficulties, but with Jackson onboard officially as helmer the case will no doubt be made to MGM’s owners to free up the necessary funds for the back-to-back shoot in New Zealand which would kick off at the very end of this year at the earliest.
Jackson and his writing/producing partners Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens have apparently scheduled a trip to London and Los Angeles in early July to meet the most impressive actors who’ve been put on tape by casting directors.