Is Peter Jackson Indeed Directing The Hobbit?

Deadline New York is reporting that Peter Jackson is now in negotiations with Warner Bros., New Line, and MGM.  Here's what they say:

His deal is being negotiated right now with Warner Bros , New Line, and MGM. He will shortly take the reins over from Guillermo del Toro, after Jackson extricates himself from other project obligations that caused Jackson and manager Ken Kamins to initially deny he would direct. While Jackson’s camp has been tight-lipped, I’m told that the case is being made to MGM's owners to loosen the purse strings and make the movies happen. The impetus for these talks is that Jackson will be the director of both of The Hobbit films, which will be shot back-to-back in his New Zealand backyard. The secret's out.

This news hasn't been corroborated by any other source, so I'm not fully convinced he'll be taking the job.  There's certainly a possibility, and I'm sure the studios will LOVE to have him helm the films--there'd be no better way to generate excitement for the films, now that there's been a sweel of somewhat negative press since Del Toro resigned as director.

I certainly hope that this news is true!

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