We could have assumed this was the case but it’s still good to hear people getting behind the ‘Peter Jackson for The Hobbit’ bandwagon. Guillermo del Toro, who had to depart The Hobbit directing chair because MGM are in debt and can’t green-light the project, told the crowd during the Comic-Con panel for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark that he hopes “to God Peter Jackson directs them”.
They’re beautiful and they’re needed in the world.” The filmmaker said that, in his two years of work prepping for the Hobbit films, “we completely designed 98 percent of the first movie” as well as about half of the second one.
Last week we heard Jackson was meeting with actors in New York and the U.K, however the following day MGM were granted a sixth extension on their $3.7 billion debt which gives them until September 15th to sort themselves out. Lionsgate are apparently in talks for a merger so hopefully things can be resolved by September, which will allow Jackson and the team in New Zealand to roll those cameras.