MGM responds to Hobbit news


They’re fighting for Jackson

Though he thinks he’s no longer in the race, MGM says they’re not going to give up on Peter Jackson directing “The Hobbit”.

Yesterday, the “Lord of the Rings” director told that New Line have removed him from the project. The filmmaker’s statement also reiterated in detail his stance on “The Hobbit” — that he is not willing to have a serious conversation about directing the film until his ongoing lawsuit with New Line over what he considers improper accounting practices over “LOTR” profits is settled.

New Line’s given reason for proceeding sans Jackson is that the studio’s rights to the pic are about to expire, and seeing as the lawsuit with Jackson isn’t moving ahead, well, the message was that New Line is.

An MGM spokesperson tells Variety today that they’re going to fight for Jackson. The spokesperson states, “The matter of Peter Jackson directing ‘The Hobbit’ films is far from closed.”

You only have to do a Google search for one of the “Rings” forums to see what size backlash this one’s had.

Chris Pirrotta, co-founder of says “They [the fans] are very upset, – We are seeing calls for everything from letter writing campaigns to a boycott of the studio.”