Speculation and rumor about who will be replacing Del Toro as director of The Hobbit films have been coming in lately. There have been many names, including Brett Ratner to the list. Fans want Peter Jackson to direct the prequel to his Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but he has stated that he may not be able to (unless he has too). So why not Jackson’s protegé, Neill Blomkamp?
According to TheOneRing, that Neill Blomkamp could be directing the films. Now before you get too excited, let me say it isn’t certain that he is even in talks for the job. The thing is that MGM and Warner Bros. want Jackson to come back, but he doesn’t want to. Jackson was said to have a strong influence on seeing the “right person” get the job, enter Neill Blomkamp. Everyone knows that Jackson and Blomkamp worked together on District 9 without Peter Jackson having too much influence.
All my enthusiasm for The Hobbit films have been whining down to the point where I don’t even care for the films anymore. However, I would love to see Blomkamp take over as director, but I don’t see it happening. Why, because he has stated before that he doesn’t want to make big-budget films. Also, I loved District 9, and is what I think is the greatest film from last year. That doesn’t make him a great director. Blomkamp hasn’t shown that he can handle a big budget, and he could very well be a one-hit wonder.
Would you like the idea of Neill Blomkamp directing The Hobbit?