Many pairs of nerd pants were wet earlier this week when, despite upsetting news about Guillermo Del Toro's departure from the film, it was suggested that Peter Jackson would possibly direct The Hobbit if necessary to protect Warner Bros' investment. The news came in contrast to statements made earlier by Jackson's manager which said that Jackson's involvement in the film would always stop at the producing credit. The whole situation is confusing, to say the least, but now Jackson's people are back to clear things up. Unfortunately, it looks like nerd pants are going to stay dry this time.

Speaking with Deadline, manager Ken Kamins says that there is a chance that Jackson could find his way back into the director's chair, but that it would be a last resort. According to Kamins, Jackson will only direct if every option is completely exhausted and the producers can't agree on any one else. He also reports that the search has already begun for a new director that could keep the film on schedule to start filming in late 2010 or early 2011.

You know what director could keep the project on schedule and has already expressed interest in doing it? Peter Jackson. The real question here is why they bother looking for anyone else. Jackson is the natural fit for the film, having directed the three previous installments and obviously isn't completely averse to the idea. Considering how poorly The Lovely Bones was received by both audiences and critics, returning to the series that won him an Oscar and millions of fans has to be on his mind. A message to Mr. Jackson - veto every choice the studio puts in front of you and take control of the project yourself. You know it's the right choice.

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