Peter Jackson May 'Have to' Direct THE HOBBIT

The departure of Guillermo Del Toro from The Hobbit has left co-writer/producer Peter Jackson in a tricky situation. The project needs a director, but who's eager to get on board a project whose start date is indefinite? Speaking to New Zealand's The Dominion Post [via The Playlist], Jackson said that they're unable to find a suitable director, then he might have to step into the director's chair: 'If that's what I have to do to protect Warner Bros' investment, then obviously that's one angle which I'll explore. The other studios may not let me out of the contracts.'

His manager told TOH that Jackson is unable to direct The Hobbit because he has obligations to other projects. He continued that Jackson 'will turn his attention to Tintin 2 in the new year.' Hit the jump for more on the projects that are also on Jackson's plate.

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