Is District 9's Neill Blomkamp next in line to direct The Hobbit?

After Guillermo Del Toro's departure from The Hobbit, producers have been scrambling to find a replacement. is now reporting that District 9 director Neill Blomkamp could very well be tapped to helm the project.


MrCere at recently reported that there's a strong chance Blomkamp is in the running to direct the live-action version of J.R.R. Tolkien's short-person epic:

In short we know from lots of sources:
1. Jackson doesn't want to do it
2. He wants somebody he trusts and can be sure of
3. Casting is happening now
4. Pre-pre-production is happening now
5. MGM and Warners need a talent in place yesterday
6. The platform for making a big genre splash announcement is approaching
7. The schedule fits with rumors from many sources
8. Many spies are sounding similar notes
9. One tells us they have seen the film breakdown with Blomkamp directing

So is Neill Blomkamp going to direct "The Hobbit"? Could be. My personal opinion is that this information is correct.

We certainly admire Blomkamp's work on District 9, but The Hobbit would be a daunting project for even the most seasoned auteur. Then again, Peter Jackson began his Middle Earth career primarily known as a director of totally oddball genre films (see: Bad Taste, The Frighteners , Dead Alive), so that's precedent at least.


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