As many of you know, Guillermo del Toro left the helm of directing “The Hobbit” a while ago, and so now in order to create the adventure of Bilbo Baggins, the adventure of finding a new director has begun. Warner Bros. and MGM have promised a fast replacement and according to /Film, rumor is David Yates, director of the last couple of Harry Potter movies, may be up for it.
I’ve been seeing on a few industry insider tracking boards that David Yates is supposedly the studios top choice to direct The Hobbit. Note: we have no real confirmation of any talks taking place, so for now take it all as purely rumor.
Yates is best known as the director of the last few Harry Potter films: Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Part I and II of the Deathly Hallows. As you know, Guillermo del Toro recently stepped down from directing the big screen adaptation, but would continue to collaborate with Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens on the Hobbit screenplays until they are finished.
This is a rumor of course, but if it does become true, I’m up for it. I think David Yates has done a great job with the last two Harry Potter films, and he’s been known for fantasy and adaptations. This for me is good news.