New Line wants Jackson back for Hobbit
It appears that New Line, and more specifically Bob Shaye, are keen to have Peter Jackson back and involved in the Hobbit film, and quite rightly so.
Bob Shaye is the head of the studio who once went so far as to say that Peter Jackson would never work with New Line again, that's something that sounds incredible considering the huge success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the money that is being poured in from the films.
However now it seems that Shaye may be back tracking on that as the L.A. Times through Premiere carries a very interesting insight into the state of the studio, currently running last among all the majors and operating on a shaky contract with their parent company Time Warner.
Shaye, who only has a year left on his current contract, has revealed that he's keen to patch things up when he said:
When asked if it was true that company insiders had been in talks with Jackson's reps, Shaye replied, "Yes, that's a fair statement. Notwithstanding our personal quarrels, I really respect and admire Peter and would love for him to be creatively involved in some way in 'The Hobbit.'"
Frankly why wouldn't they be interested? Their run of films of late has been far from impressive, and they have been doing rather poorly. After several soul searching attempts amongst the executives it seems that the common belief coming out is that their marketing is to blame.
Is that right now? The Last Mimzy directed by Bob Shaye failed because of marketing? Full of It received just a single city release, Mr. Woodcock which had three weeks of reshoots and has been waiting around on the schedule for about a year, Rendition played so badly to preview audiences that it was re-edited (itself not an unusual practice), Martian Child which has also had scheduling issues has had reshoots, and so it goes on. There are a number of films awaiting release that don't sound anything special either.
Is that all down to marketing then? I think not. However mending the bridges with Peter Jackson and getting The Hobbit on the go is a great start. I'm sure that would be a huge box office and DVD success for them.