Peter Jackson confirmed as “Hobbit” director

By Sean O’Connell Breaking news! They actually got Peter Jackson, of all people, to direct “The Hobbit!”

What’s that? You already knew that? Like, from a year ago. No, no. That was a rumor. It was never confirmed. First it was Guillermo Del Toro, but he left. And then there was a labor dispute, but that’s been resolved. And then Jackson pretended to announce a series of movies he’d rather direct than have to plunge back down the rabbit hole of Tolkien nonsense, and then … ugh, forget it. Exhausting.

Guess what? It’s confirmed. We can all go back to our lives.

Yes, this is a win for fans of the franchise, which earned Jackson his first Oscar when the Academy recognized “Return of the King.” And yes, this is a blow to those of us who love Jackson’s films that don’t have hobbits and dragons. Films like “Heavenly Creatures,” “The Frighteners” and, yes, “The Lovely Bones.” I’m one of the few people who want to see Jackson make five more interesting character dramas before he settles in for two more “Hobbit” films. Tolkien’s “Hobbit” was only one book, right? So why are there two movies? Oh, right. Money. * Face palm *

Production will begin in February, with the films set to be released in 2012 and 2013. I can hardly contain my “enthusiasm.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • October 16, 2010 | Permalink |

    Too much sarcasm in your article, for some people, obviously not you, these are great news. :). Other thant that, wooohooo, nice! Now i have something to look forward if the earth doesnt end in 2012.

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