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Peter Jackson still holds the director’s reins for ‘Rings’ prequel ‘The Hobbit’

Jackson talks about his initial reluctance to direct again and the complications he faced in adapting Tolkien’s lighter and larkier 1937 book.

BY DENNIS KING Modified: December 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm •  Published: December 14, 2012

NEW YORK — After more than a decade of total immersion in the dense environs of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth that produced three monumental movies in “The Lord of the Rings” cycle and three Academy Awards (best picture, director and adapted screenplay for “The Return of the King”), Peter Jackson was prepared to turn over the directing reins for three epic films based on “The Hobbit” to someone else.

Early in the...
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