According to Production Weekly (via /Film) Harry Potter director David Yates has been offered The Hobbit following Guillermo del Toro’s departure a few weeks ago.
On paper Yates is an ideal choice for the part. Just this weekend he wrapped filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II after shooting both films back-to-back. Warner Bros. and New Line are looking to do the same with The Hobbit, and having a director with experience in adapting fantasy novels onto the big screen is an advantage.
The only issue with Yates is that he will now be working flat out to finish the final Potter film (Part I just needs effects work completed) and he won’t be free to work on The Hobbit until at least June/July next year, assuming that’s the current Deathly Hallows schedule. Then Yates will probably need a break after dedicating 4+ years of his life to directing half of the Harry Potter franchise.
This might mean a December 2012 release is out the window, and fans may have to wait until 2013 to see the first Hobbit film.
Out of all the previous Potter directors I would have preferred Alfonso Cuarón (Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men) who has a great artful eye for fantasy, and he is actually friends with Guillermo del Toro so they know each other’s style. I do like Yates as a director though and can’t wait to see what he has done with Deathly Hallows.
What do you think of David Yates possibly directing The Hobbit?