Melbourne (ANI): Sam Raimi has dismissed reports that he will be
helming 'The Hobbit", insisting that Peter Jackson is the best one
to handle the project. The 'Spiderman" director was said to be in
the running to direct the movie following Jackson"s problems with
New Line. However, Raimi insists that he will not be directing the
movie version of the prequel to JRR Tolkien"s literary series 'The
Lord of the Rings".
"There's no better choice to direct 'The Hobbit' than Peter
Jackson. I'm a fan of 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy and Peter
Jackson's a brilliant filmmaker and he would be the guy I think
everybody would love see direct it," Moviehole quoted him, as
telling Coming Soon. “And I hear [New Line and Jackson are]
talking, too, from what I read in the trades, I don't really know
first hand, hopefully he will direct it and give us his great
version of it."
However, that doesn"t mean that Raimi is not interested, for he
revealed that he would love to take up the project if Jackson turns
it down. "If he doesn't direct it and decides to produce it, I'd
love to be considered as the director," he said.