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Rumor: David Yates Considered to Direct "The Hobbit"

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Posted by: Edward
June 14, 2010, 05:00 PM

Rumors have been cropping up on the internet in the past few weeks regarding Harry Potter director David Yates possibly being in the running to take over the production of the film, "The Hobbit."  As movie buffs will know, director Guillermo Del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth") stepped away from the the director's chair of "The Hobbit" recently, which has caused much speculation as to who would be his replacement.  Today, SlashFilm.com is reporting the rumor that Harry Potter director David Yates is the frontrunner  to direct the film.  This information is also being reported by CinemaBlend.com, which notes "that "industry insider tracking boards" have it that Yates is the studio's top choice to take over. It's worth noting that the studio in this case is MGM, which is famously mired in financial troubles and may not even be able to fund the film any time soon. It's also worth noting that Yates just wrapped production on the final Harry Potter film and will be spending the next few months locked in an edit room."


While this is indeed an exciting report, it is still very much a rumor, and will stay listed as such until official word comes from the studio or Mr. Yates' camp.

Thanks to HPANA for the heads up!

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61 Comments

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562 Points

Peter Jackson did a marvelous teaching job with the LOTR series in that he showed exactly how to make a series of movies. Same cast, same director, same composer, same special effects house, same costumes, and on and on.. Now to give the Hobbit to Yeates instead of Peter Jackson and crew from LOTR, WHY BOTHER???

Posted by Phoenix1946 on June 14, 2010, 07:54 PM report to moderator
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215 Points

Yates would have Bilbo hitting on waitresses at The Prancing Pony, and Death Eaters burning down Bag End….. Please, NOOOOOOOO! PJ is the only choice.

Posted by AmishPatronus66 on June 14, 2010, 08:01 PM report to moderator
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6352 Points

I agree with those who DO NOT LIKE this idea. After the mediocre job he did with OOTP and HBP, I’m not optimistic about DH. David Yates for “The Hobbit”? OH HELL NO.

Posted by KB Prez [ROAR!] on June 14, 2010, 08:03 PM report to moderator
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127 Points

i heard hes going to add a scene where voldelmort tunrs out to be a desendant of Sauron (not really i made that up it would be AWESOME if he did this)

Posted by hallowman on June 14, 2010, 08:25 PM report to moderator
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4208 Points

I agree with those people who think the Hobbit should be Peter Jackson’s film to make. He did ana wesome job on LOTR, and deserves the chance to make The Hobbit.

Posted by Fresca ROAR on June 14, 2010, 08:28 PM report to moderator
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61 Points

It’s not 100% being made by MGM – it’s actually a WB/MGM co-production (WB has the distribution rights, MGM the production rights) and I have a feeling WB have more control and hence probably where the rumour is coming from. Plus WB has made a bid to buy MGM, which would then make it all WB.

Posted by billywig_99 on June 14, 2010, 08:36 PM report to moderator
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61 Points

It’s not 100% being made by MGM – it’s actually a WB/MGM co-production (WB has the distribution rights, MGM the production rights) and I have a feeling WB have more control and hence probably where the rumour is coming from. Plus WB has made a bid to buy MGM, which would then make it all WB.

Posted by billywig_99 on June 14, 2010, 08:36 PM report to moderator
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348 Points

Pete Jackson definitely should be chosen

Posted by IwishIwas@Hogwarts on June 14, 2010, 08:37 PM report to moderator
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421 Points

Good Lord, that’s a big NO!

Posted by Iceholic on June 14, 2010, 08:48 PM report to moderator
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Peter Jackson is NOT directing the Hobbit. So there is no way they can “KEEP” him.

You people are so hateful.

Posted by YodatheHobbit on June 14, 2010, 08:50 PM report to moderator
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3271 Points

I do agree that only Peter Jackson should even try to do this project on The Hobbit. I mean he has created this world visually for cinema and it’s spectacular! But I do have to say that I have enjoyed David Yates as a director too and wouldn’t mind seeing him direct The Hobbit. :)

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on June 14, 2010, 08:50 PM report to moderator
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1026 Points

That is cool he is already starting up on new films.

Posted by AbbyWeasley on June 14, 2010, 08:58 PM report to moderator
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590 Points

I would not be disappointed if a “Hobbit” movie never came about. Thought Jackson trashed LOTR so I would like to have fond memories of The Hobbit without an abysmal movie adaptation.

Posted by vespasian68967 on June 14, 2010, 09:41 PM report to moderator
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3777 Points

yates could think of a lot of cool stuff that wasnt in the hobbit too

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on June 14, 2010, 09:44 PM report to moderator
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12005 Points

I would hope Jackson would stay in the Hobbit production. In any case, the Hobbit should procees while the actors who have continuity with LOTR are available.

Posted by budgie on June 14, 2010, 11:54 PM report to moderator
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