At first it just seemed like a smart fanboy’s best-case scenario: If Peter Jackson can’t (or won’t) direct "The Hobbit," then how about that Sam Raimi guy?!?!? Well, now it seems that the filmmaker has actually discussed it with some studio folks!
That’s pretty much all we know (courtesy of IGN Movies and The L.A. Times) — that Mr. Raimi (director of "The Evil Dead" flicks, the "Spider-Man" trilogy and a bunch of solid genre titles like "Darkman," "A Simple Plan," and "The Quick and the Dead") has informed his Sony pals that he’s considering/discussing/pondering about "The Hobbit" project.
Which has got to annoy the folks at MGM, who definitely still seem to want Jackson on the job. But let’s face it; New Line’s gonna get this project moving well before the rights revert back to the Saul Zaentz company … and we all know how likely it is that Peter Jackson will work for New Line again.