Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen Support Jackson for The Hobbit
If [Peter] ultimately doesn't come back because of what New Line has done I think it would be a great tragedy. I think it's ultimately quite foolish for New Line to move forward assuming they can create an equally wonderful film without Peter... and I think for that for fans that‘s tragic. "For a long time I never kind of imagined that these movies would ever be made, so if they do get made I think they should be made by Peter.
I don't think it's ultimately over though, I think the arguments still up in the air. There's talk that New Line will ultimately lose the rights to ["The Hobbit"] and that the rights will fall to the Saul Zaentz company, which is what Saul Zaentz is now saying, so who knows? I think it remains to be seen ultimately what will happen, but it makes me nervous.
Ian McKellen (Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings) also wrote on his website:
I am very sad as I should have relished re-visiting Middle Earth with Peter again as team-leader. It's hard to imagine any other director matching his achievement in Tolkien country. We will have to await developments but being an optimist I am hoping that New Line, MGM and Wingnut can settle outstanding problems so that the long expected "Hobbit" is filmed sooner rather than later.
Clearly--and as expected--the cast supports Jackson helming The Hobbit. If you want your voice to be heard (whether you think Jackson should direct The Hobbit or not), go ahead add your signature to one of the petitions.