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9 Directors Who Could Direct The Hobbit

Have No Fear, These 9 Are Here

By Hanso     June 03, 2010

9 Directors Who Could Direct The Hobbit
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Finding a director for The Hobbit is proving more difficult than killing Smaug.  Sam Raimi went off to the World of Warcraft, Guillermo Del Toro has left the project and Peter Jackson as of right now ain’t happening.  Being the fans of the book that we are, we want to see this film get done, preferably before Ian McKellan dies, so to help on the director search we have composed a list of possible candidates.


Directors to replace Guillermo del Toro on Hobbit

9. Spike Jonze

Notable Work: Being John Malcovich, Adaptation
Pros:  Warner Bros. has a say on what goes down with The Hobbit and Mr. Jonze recently did Where The Wild Things Are for them.  He showed he’s more than capable of adapting a children’s book and with him we know The Hobbit won’t turn into a CG fest.
Cons:  Never done anything on the scale of The Hobbit. He’s also never been mainstream and a creative guy like him might not play well with others, especially if he won’t have much input like would be the case for The Hobbit since apparently the script and designs are already place.

Directors to replace Guillermo del Toro on Hobbit

8. Carl Rinsch

Notable work: The Gift commercial.  Do yourself a favor and check it out HERE
Pro:  Ridley Scott thinks the guy is the truth and wanted him to direct the new Alien movie. If he’s good enough for Sir Ridley he’s good enough for us.
Cons:  Who the hell is Carl Rinsch? The guy has never directed a film, which makes it unlikely someone would trust such a huge franchise to him.  Another thing to consider is that based on The Gift, Rinsch’s style is a bit too stylized and clean for The Hobbit

Directors to replace Guillermo del Toro on Hobbit

7. Brad Bird

Notable Work: The Incredibles, The Iron Giant
Pros: The people at Pixar are geniuses and they usually only work with in house talent. Brad Bird was so good though that they brought him in, so you know he’s the goods. He can instill heart and intelligence into lighter fare and his work with computer graphics will come in handy should he be given a shot to direct The Hobbit.
Cons: No prior experience directing live action.

Directors to replace Guillermo del Toro on Hobbit

6. David Fincher

Notable Work Se7en, The Game, Fight Club
Pros: He’s one of the best directors in the game today and his camera work is wicked. Remember Panic Room? Fincher had the camera going in and out of door locks, toasters and between floors all without cutting the shot? Brilliant.
Cons:  His last two films (Zodiac & The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) have been long, slow paced and kind of boring, we don’t want that for The Hobbit.

Directors to replace Guillermo del Toro on Hobbit

5. Terry Gilliam

Notable Work: Time Bandits, 12 Monkeys, Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Pros: The man loves to play in fantasy films so he might as well take his talents to Middle Earth.  Visually, The Hobbit would be amazing under Gilliam’s direction.  Seriously, checkout Gilliam’s latest, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, the imaginarium sequences in that film are insane!  Plus he has already made a movie about dwarfs so he has that going for him.
Cons:  If Gilliam gets attached to The Hobbit the film will either bomb at the box office or end up not getting made but at least we can get a documentary detailing the failure of the film.  His style is too damn weird and can leave you with a WTF just happened feeling.

Directors to replace Guillermo del Toro on Hobbit

4. Gore Verbinski

Notable Work: The Ring, Pirates of The Caribbean trilogy.
Pros:  The Curse of the Black Pearl was great, it shows Verbinski can do adventure very well and knows how to add comedic moments to lighten the mood.  Both traits would come in handy for The Hobbit.
Cons:  The Pirate of the Caribbean films got progressively worse with each sequel, something that doesn’t bode well for The Hobbit Part 2

Directors to replace Guillermo del Toro on Hobbit

3. Neil Blomkamp

Notable work: District 9
Pros:  Neil has ties to Peter Jackson who championed him for the defunct Halo movie and helped him get District 9 made.  It’s obvious that Jackson is high on the guy and the familiarity of them working together can only help The Hobbit.  Blomkamp can also work on a budget and still deliver realistic looking top-notch special effects plus he knows his action. 
Cons: Only one movie under his belt.  He says he prefers small budget films where the studio won’t hamper his vision something that won’t happen if he takes on The Hobbit.

Directors to replace Guillermo del Toro on Hobbit

2. Steven Spielberg

Notable work:  The man’s entire film career.
Pros:  Spielberg has ties to Peter Jackson via their team up of Tin Tin and if they can work together in that they surely can do it for The Hobbit and unlike Spielberg’s last effort George Lucas can’t come anywhere near it so that’s a plus.   More importantly he is Steven frakking Spielberg, a man that from A to Z can do it all and does it extremely well.  What else do we really need to say?  He is to directing what Don Draper is to advertising, genius.
Cons:  There are no cons here my friend.  You did read that we were talking about Steven Spielberg?

Directors to replace Guillermo del Toro on Hobbit

1. Alfonso Cuaron

Notable work: Children of Men, Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban
Pro:  Cuaron is very close to Guillermo Del Toro who just exited The Hobbit.  They have been known to bounce ideas off each other during the scripting phases of their films meaning it is almost a certainty that Cuaron has knowledge of the script and exactly what Peter Jackson is looking for.  In the few films Cuaron has directed he has shown range, capable of handling small casts and films along with large ensemble casts special effects driven movies.  He was also able to take over a franchise and remain true to the established world while at the same time stamping his own style to it.
Con:  Hard to pick something against this cat, he’s clearly the best choice to take over the franchise.  If we were to pick something it would have to be that as seen in his previous book to film adaptations, the man isn’t completely faithful to the source, a fact that may anger The Hobbit hardcore fans.


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Chopsaki 6/3/2010 3:58:27 AM

Zach Snyder

Notable work: 300, Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen.

Pro: Flamboyant visual style using a combination of dynamic compositions, highly-saturated color schemes and visual effects. Experience coordinating large scale battles.

Con: Currently set to begin production on Xerxes though the longer MGM's troubles continue the better it works for his schedule.

Miner49er 6/3/2010 4:40:28 AM

Michael Bay

Notable Work: um...

Pro: Will add some hot chicks to Middle Earth.

Con: Will blow up Middle Earth.

kempmike79 6/3/2010 4:40:40 AM

I'd be onboard with options 1 or 2 although Spielberg's other commitments may, like Jackson, make that difficult.  Verbinski might be a shout - to be honest I think the Hobbit sequel will be rubbish anyway (although the Hobbit itself could be good)

Darkknight2280 6/3/2010 4:56:06 AM

To be honest i could really care less about the Hobbit! im soo sick of all the bullcrap news about it.. Its on... its delayed..... its ramping up to fill...its delayed...the director has left...we are looking for a new director...Just cut your loses and move on its not going to get made!!

dnbritt 6/3/2010 5:22:47 AM

I got a negative for Spielberg:  Crystal Skull.  Seriously, the guy's skills may be slipping the way Lucas's began to slip starting in about 1996.

TayDor 6/3/2010 5:27:52 AM

This list should be:

9. Peter Jackson

8. Peter Jackson

7. Peter Jackson

6. Peter Jackson

5. Peter Jackson

4. Peter Jackson

3. Peter Jackson

2. Peter Jackson

1. Peter Jackson

Anyone else is just going to be a bad idea.

trollman 6/3/2010 5:53:49 AM


You forgot the most obvious choice



#1 : PETER JACKSON!!!!!!!!!!!

redhairs99 6/3/2010 6:21:13 AM

How did I know that Cuaron would be Hanso's top choice?  Sorry Hanso, his Harry Potter was possibly the best of the series, but Children of Men is terrible.  I even tried giving the movie a second chance a few months back when it was free on demand.  I got about an hour in and I changed the channel otherwise I would have blown my f'n brains out.  God, that movie is boring!

Spielberg is a genius and no one can hold a candle to his filmography, but Munich is one good movie he's made in a decade.  Saving Private Ryan was the last good movie he had made prior to Munich.

Neil Blomkamp would be a choice, but I just don't see WB giving him a film this big before he has a few more credits.

I've liked Spike Jonze in the past, but man, Where the Wild Things Are was a horrible film.  It looked great, but other than the look the movie was a mess.

Terry Gilliam, I'm always a fan of his and his visual style.  Plus, he has more experience directing little people than anyone else on this list.  "Imaginarium"  looked good, but it's really incomprehensible (and not in the good way that Terry's famous for).  I would have liked to have seen Terry's original vision before he had to rework the film due to Ledger's passing.

I still think the only choice is Peter Jackson at this point.  And if the pre-production work is as far along as Del Toro has said, then PJ really just has to film the damn thing.

cinemaman72 6/3/2010 6:27:59 AM

I got a solid idea, how about not inflciting anymore J.R. Tolken on the world and passing on these movies. I know I might get blasted for this, but I was not a fan of any of the LOTR films, I think they were way overrated, and I'm so freaking tired of LOTR, Peter Jackson, and Middle Earth, that I feel like beating up some Hobbits!

Hobbs 6/3/2010 6:49:22 AM

Obviously most of you haven't read the article that Jackson has contracts with other studios for other films.  Do you really think the other rival studios will release him from his contracts to do this without getting something in return?

As much as I like Spielberg I don't want him anywhere near the Hobbit.  We would probably get 2 or 3 kids thrown into the movie and a T-Rex would sneak into the lonely mountain and kill Smaug to save the day.  No thanks, Stevie needs to stick with his other stuff.

I like Bloomkamp and he can't be afraid of the big budget movies.   Halo was originally supposed to be a huge movie he was attached to so he can't be that turned off by the idea.  Plus his buddy Jackson being the producer would probably work to keep the studio off his back.  I also like Cuaron but he would have to stick to the source material.  If I had odds in Vegas I would bet that Jackson is talking to both these dudes.

Whoever it is would have to come in and start with everything that's been made and written.  There would be very little creative freedom to make it their own film.

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