Rumor: David Yates Considered to Direct “The Hobbit”


Jun 14, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

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, is reporting the rumor that Harry Potter director David Yates is the frontrunner to direct the film. This information is also being reported by, 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!

63 Responses to Rumor: David Yates Considered to Direct “The Hobbit”

Avatar ImageScarStruck says: NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! He butchered OOTP and HBP, if he destroys a film in the only other series I'm absolutley obsessed with I will die!! BLUHHH!!!! I want ♥Peter Jackson!!!!!! >=( *is incedibley angry that anyone would ever think of letting David Yates near The Hobbit*Avatar ImageScarStruck says: 1st!Avatar Imagehallowman says: YESSSSSSS OH PLEASE PLEASE LET HIM DO IT!!!! BETTER THAN CUARON!!!!!! FUCK THE GIVER IT WAS BORING!!!!! Avatar ImageHarryRichardsPotter says: yeah. i agree with Peace.Love.Potter, he's fudged the other two harry potter's up... and hopefully not deathly hallows.... i'll be disppointed if he does...Avatar ImageScarStruck says: I'll be disappionted to HarryRichardsPotter. =(Avatar ImageKirsikka says: NO!! Peter Jackson did a masterpiece out of the trilogy of LOTR, and those 12 hours were the most epic hours of my life. He should direct 'The Hobbit'. Period.Avatar Imagesidnandragin says: Please no. It is a shame that Del Toro had to step away but in true Jackson form Del Toro was the closest to the vision. Yates is probably going to call the writers in and have them do a rewrite & ruin the characters. Let's say No! to yates. Avatar Imageowanalilypotter says: HELL NO!!! Keep Peter Jackson PLEASE!! Avatar Imagecutie4evr11360134 says: OMG r u kidding?! the hobbit is like my favorite book (other than hp) and Peter Jackson is WAY better than David Yates!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagetaoist1 says: I have enjoyed Yates films and think he did a fair job making movies out of books that would be difficult to translate into film as seen fit by fans. However, why would you have another director do any of Tolkiens movies when he did such an amazing job on the first 3. Lets get the director from the Matrix to do a love story?? Side Note: I still think that Tim Burton would have created an amazing Harry Potter movie. Does anyone know if he was ever considered? To me, he is the natural choice.Avatar ImageRoseann says: Do not let yates direct he will probably cut the whole fight seen in the castle to only 3 1/2 minutes. noooooooooooooooooooooAvatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: Hope he does well in this movie like he did for Harry Potter.....Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: My oh my!!!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Just don't let him get distracted from HP!!!!Avatar Imagesessionka says: It doesn't really matter much to me. I read "The Hobbit", which led me to LOTR. I loved LOTR, and I loved Peter Jackson's interpretation. I'm not excited about a "Hobbit" movie at all.Avatar ImageKimberlyZ says: Oh goody...:/ I think he did a great job with OOtP but the hobbit? D: Nooo! I want Peter Jackson back!! Avatar ImagePhoenix1946 says: 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???Avatar ImageAmishPatronus66 says: 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.Avatar Imagekbicprez says: 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.Avatar Imagehallowman says: 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) Avatar ImageFresca says: 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.Avatar Imagebillywig_99 says: 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.Avatar ImageIwishIwas@Hogwarts says: Pete Jackson definitely should be chosenAvatar ImageIceholic says: Good Lord, that's a big NO! Avatar ImageYodatheHobbit says: Peter Jackson is NOT directing the Hobbit. So there is no way they can "KEEP" him. You people are so hateful.Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: 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. :)Avatar ImageAbbyWeasley says: That is cool he is already starting up on new films.Avatar Imagevespasian68967 says: 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. Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: yates could think of a lot of cool stuff that wasnt in the hobbit tooAvatar Imagebudgie says: 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.Avatar ImageGinevra-Ginny says: I feel like Peter Jackson is the only one who could give The Hobbit justice. We've all seen how putting a different director in charge of films within a series turns out. Avatar Imagekmsny923 says: Peter Jackson was never going to direct the hobbit. he is producing and writing but he didnt want to direct. its not like he is getting replaced.Avatar Imagemolly43 says: I'm sorry but I'm so disappointed in how he directed the HP films that he would not be my choice of a director for a film like Hobbit. I'm reading the book now and I feel the nature of the film is not a film tht I'd want to look at in such darkness. Perhaps he may want to look a directing horror films. Perhaps people who enjoy those type of movies could appreciate the darkness exhibited throughout the HP films. Avatar Imagelgghanem says: Peter Jackson was never going to direct the Hobbit; even now, after Guillermo Del Toro stepped out, it still looks highly unlikely that he will reclaim the director's chair, so to everyone acting like he's stealing the part from Peter Jackson, that is simply not the case. And let's not forget that Peter Jackson is acting as an executive producer, the same position George Lucas had on "Empire Strikes Back", so it's still very much Jackson's movie. There is no way Yates can "ruin" anything at this point; the script is being written by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens (the 3 people responsible for LotR), as well as Guillermo del Toro; most of the pre-production process is almost complete, with Guillermo's influence still there even after his departure; Peter Jackson is acting as a mentor and advisor, and I'm sure they wouldn't hire a new director without his approval, and if he approves, I won't worry. I, for one, think it'd be interesting to see how Yates handles it; my first choice after Del Toro's departure is Alfonso Cuaron, whose creativity and vision I think rivals that of Del Toro, but it is nice to see another HP director being considered, and I am happy for him.Avatar Imagehereward says: I think Yates made a great film with Half-Blood Prince, second only to Azkaban in the list of the best Potter films. As such I think Yates would do a good job with the Hobbit, but an even better choice would be Alfonso Cuaron!Avatar ImageSmitch says: I think Peter Jackson did such a beautiful job. I'm just curious as to why he wasn't in the running? Could it be that he hung up his hobbit hat and cloak, and is not really interested? I'm not sure about David Yates directing The Hobbit. I think he is doing a wonderful job of the HP series. I know the crew cuts a lot of scenes, but they can't make the movie five hours long for God's sake - no one besides an avid (and slightly obsessive) fan - like ourseleves - would ever want to watch it! Although the two series share elements of lore and fantasy, I feel that The Hobbit is an entirely different thing. So raw and detailed. I love it! I hope someone makes a worthwhile film for all of us to enjoy. What about the cast to this one? Would it be the same?Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: As much as I love David Yates, no one can compete with Peter Jackson. Just watch the Lord of the Rings. They are amazing and epic! Pleeeeeease let him direct it :)Avatar ImageCellar Door says: No way. The one and only director who can take upon himself this task is Peter Jackson. Period.Avatar Imagetjerriam says: that's good the hobbit is one of my fave, books too...Avatar Imagekiwimci says: Not this again, do any of you actually know the role of David Yates as director? That man took 2 mediocre scripts and made them sing. I'm fed up trying to put these kind of Yates-baiting morons through film school! In saying that, I think it'd be a risky choice, I say hold off production til Jackson's ready. Just do it already JacksonAvatar ImageLeper says: That would be cool.Avatar ImageHinkypunkmum says: Remember, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philipia Boyens have all co-written THe Hobbit screenplay along with Del Toro. They will ALL be involved with the production sans DelToro. Jackson has said he will direct if it comes to that,in order to keep it in New Zealand, but he would rather produce The Hobbit along with the bridge film that connects it to LOTR.Avatar ImageGryffindor Cutie says: Sorry, but I think they should leave The Hobbit to Peter Jackson. The LoTR films belong to him. That's just my personal opinion.Avatar ImageHinkypunkmum says: Whoops, Igghanem beat me to the punch with the details. Sorry ! But he is correct and I stand with him. IF Jackson, are ok with Yates, then that is good enough for me. Personally, I feel Yates brought a richness to the last two films that the prior three were lacking. It all depends on how much passion he has for the story of The Hobbit....Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Considering the wonderful job he did with the two films that have been released so far, I am positive that, if he does indeed become the director, he would more than fill the shoes that Jackson vacated in relinquishing e role of director.Avatar Imagesplinch says: Yates at first production meeting: ok, but instead of going to the lonely mountain to steal from a dragon, lets make up some weird, out of place fight sequence where thorin gets killed by a newly invented orc machine gun!Avatar Imagerohit_albus severus says: Well yates may have good directorial vision but to a certain extent he messed up hp... all the best for "the hobbit":-)Avatar Imagerohit_albus severus says: Well yates may have good directorial vision but to a certain extent he messed up hp... all the best for "the hobbit":-)Avatar Imagerohit_albus severus says: Well yates may have good directorial vision but to a certain extent he messed up hp... all the best for "the hobbit":-)Avatar Imagerohit_albus severus says: Well yates may have good directorial vision but to a certain extent he messed up hp... all the best for "the hobbit":-)Avatar Imagerohit_albus severus says: Well yates may have good directorial vision but to a certain extent he messed up hp... nevertheless, all the best for "the hobbit":-)Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: no commentsAvatar Imagedeadtree says: Oh, no, I hope not >< His HP movies have been the worst by far... and how could he POSSIBLY be considered to replace Guillermo Del Toro, who is a true genius? What a mess that would be...Avatar ImageParkinsonpansy says: i hope he does but i think peter jackson shouldAvatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Um we can we have Peter Jackson do it instead if he's available? Please?Avatar Imagesessionka says: I love the variety of opinions of the HP fans... Of all the directors of the HP series, I thought Cuaron was the worst!!!Avatar Imagelupintonksteddyfan99 says: NOOO!!!Avatar Imagethatothergrace says: I'll belive it when I see it. Im beggining to think their just never going to make the hobbit. :( I hope some one does. Evevn then it will be a while before it comes out If they ever get around to getting someone to make it. Avatar Imagemolly43 says: To those who think Yates did such a great job on the HP films ...(I'm serious) ..... Is there another version out there that I've missed because the ones I've been looking at are so dark that I'm missing the greatness that you're seeing? I 'm kind of in the dark here . Is my version bad or is there's an alternate version? Avatar Imagewhyalltheglitter says: NO! Not David Yates! Never! He completely killed OOTP and HBP! Avatar Imageevb615 says: NO WAY!! He has to focus on Harry Potter!He might be good at "the Hobbit" but the director of the "Lord of the Rings" series was A-MA-ZING! Avatar Imageevb615 says: NO WAY!! He has to focus on Harry Potter!He might be good at "the Hobbit" but the director of the "Lord of the Rings" series was A-MA-ZING!

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