Movie Wars The Hobbit director June 10, 2010 This week’s Movies Wars pits five potential helmers to head to Middle Earth – Peter Jackson take note! With the news that Guillermo Del Toro has excused himself from the director’s chair, all eyes turn to Hollywood to see who should take the reins of the The Hobbit movie? In anticipation of the decision, Movies.ie picks five potential helmers to head to Middle Earth. Peter Jackson He’s been the key figure in bringing J.R.R Tolkien’s epic vision to the big screen, having helmed the masterful Lord Of The Rings trilogy, surely Jackson is the man for the job? That is unless Tintin 2 doesn’t get in the way. Give this man a green light, pronto! Alfonso Cuarón Harry Potter helmer Alfonso Cuarón is another clear frontrunner to bring Tolkien’s universe to the big screen. Having helmed the third film in the Potter franchise, Cuarón took the saga in a new, fresh direction with Azkaban remaining the best in the series, could he do the same for Middle Earth? Andrew Adamson Best known for his work on Shrek and The Chronicles of Naria: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Adamson is certainly one of the most imaginative and talented New Zealanders out there – and considering the films will once again be shot in his home country, it’s hard to see him turn The Hobbit down… Jean-Pierre Jeunet The french director, best known for Amelie is known for a certain rustic/inventive aesthetic, something that would easily translate to the Tolkien universe, that said, the director’s only English language film is Alien Resurrection… Perhaps The Hobbit could turn things around for Jeunet? Ang Lee With so many different genres behind him – “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,””Brokeback Mountain,” “Hulk”- Lee has yet to fully explore the fantasy adventure, something we’d gladly watch from the Oscar winner. The director is also said to be free with his next film, “The Life of Pi,” rumored to be on hold over budget concerns. Have another suggestion – leave your Hobbit director in the comment box below!