After sorting through a few weeks full of rumors, Deadline is reporting that Peter Jackson has decided to take on the task of directing both Hobbit films himself, and is currently negotiatiing a deal with Warner Bros., New Line and MGM. Obviously this makes the most sense for a number of reasons. Not only is Jackson the most familiar with this universe, having directed the previous three Lord of the Rings movies, but he's also been working closely with Guillermo Del Toro during those two years of pre-production they've already put into the two movies.

Plus, if they want to maintain their scheduled 2012 and 2013 releases, then Jackson is probably the man who can get that done. He knows the material better than anyone; he knows the actors, the locations and, according to Deadline, he's already been actively involved in the casting process these past couple weeks. So, really, there's just no one else who's better equipped to take on this task, and while it's a little sad that Jackson won't be able to work on anything else for the next couple of years while he pieces together another two Lord of the Rings films, playing in this universe is where Jackson is ultimately at his best.

Still no official announcements have been made by either camp -- and Deadline is saying there's still a lot of money issues to be worked out and fine tuned -- but barring any breakdowns in the negotiating room, it seems like Jackson will be completing what he started all those years ago.

What do you think? Is this the best move to make?
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