For many Lord of the Rings fans, there is only one filmmaker to rule them all: Peter Jackson. To these loyalists, he is the only suitable person to direct the two installments of The Hobbit, especially now that Guillermo del Toro has vacated the gig. Joining the fans in this belief are the two studios producing the LOTR prequels, Warner Bros. and MGM, both of which Deadline reports are "doing all they can to sell Jackson on the seemingly obvious notion that he should complete the franchise he started."

So forget the claim that Harry Potter vet David Yates is "the top choice," as rumored yesterday. He is at least one of the contenders, however, if Jackson ends up declining. Deadline also names two very, very, very unsuitable directors: David Dobkin, best known for Wedding Crashers, whose most fantastical work was Fred Claus (would he have to find some role for Vince Vaughn?) and, umm, Brett Ratner. You know, that guy who ruined another fanboy franchise.
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