In a story from, it seems that Neill Blomkamp (District 9) is on a shortlist of possible directors for The Hobbit. However, at present this story is only a rumor.

It looks like a bunch of's tipsters have put many bits and pieces together, and this has led to the conclusion that the sought after director could be the man to land this job.

Apparently, if this were to happen it could be a situation where Lord of the Rings Director Peter Jackson would mentor Blomkamp through this project. Jackson did produce District 9 and things worked out really well for that colloboration, right? cites everything from possible casting situations to how much Jackson and Blomkamp seem to like each other (when seen in person), as to why Blomkamp could get this gig. The final thought is that with the Comic-Con International in San Diego approaching perhaps something will be announced there.

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As stated above, this story is just a rumor that is based on a great deal of speculation. We will continue to report on this story as it unfolds.

Evan Jacobs at Movieweb
Evan Jacobs