Could David Yates Direct The Hobbit?

Ever since MGM’s financial wobbles left The Hobbit waiting ages for a greenlight and forced Guillermo del Toro to give up the director’s chair, the film has been cursed with a gaping hole from whence a stream of demonic energy floods and the screams of the faithful echo, waiting for someone to come and plug the leak and make the world of Middle-earth right again. And according to the current rumours, that someone might just be Harry Potter veteran David Yates.

While /Film was the first to report the rumblings, The Wrap followed up with Yates’ agents, who, somewhat naturally given that nothing has been announced, were quick to deny he’d even heard of The Hobbit, let alone been offered the job. Well, all right, so they only said the reports are “not true at all”, but we like to imagine a world where talent representatives go to ridiculously stretched lengths to debunk such rumours. Which, we hasten to add, are all they are right now: rumours. If anything had happened, we're pretty sure Peter Jackson would be hitting the message boards or New Line would be e-mailing press releases to everyone in its address book.

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