Meanwhile, though it's said to be just a rumor, /film is reporting that David Yates, the man behind the last few 'Harry Potter' films, is the top choice to replace del Toro. Just two weeks after Guillermo del Toro announced that he will no longer be directing 'The Hobbit,' sources are telling Deadline that Warner Bros. and MGM, the two studios behind the project, are still trying to get Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson to take over. In fact, sources say that the studios will continue to pursue Jackson, who co-wrote the screenplays, until they hear a definite no.
Meanwhile, though it's said to be just a rumor, /film is reporting that David Yates, the man behind the last few 'Harry Potter' films, is the top choice to replace del Toro.
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As for del Toro, the director gave an update to fansite Del Toro Films yesterday, in which he said that his next project will be revealed at Comic-Con in July.
"I would like to share my plans only at COMICON," he wrote. "I am taking it slowly and marking very, very carefully the calendar of projects that I will be involved as producer, writer, etc. I will not announce the project I intend to direct until then ... Much as I want, I cannot say much more at this time, but I anxiously await to share these with you. I will be shopping on the floor in San Diego for several days. See you there!!"
Del Toro also said that 'Van Helsing' is "still in talks and not quite certain."
Last week, del Toro spoke more about his decision to leave 'The Hobbit,' saying, "My commitment to the project demanded enormous sacrifices both in personal and professional terms. The consequences of which will ripple for years. I relocated my entire life and family to New Zealand and first came on board in 2008."
Tell us: Should Yates take over? If not, who should direct 'The Hobbit'?