Sam Raimi Wants Peter Jackson to Direct Hobbit
But he's his own second choice.
"I think there's no better choice to direct The Hobbit than Peter Jackson," said Raimi. "I'm a giant fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Peter Jackson's a brilliant filmmaker. He would be the guy I think everybody would like to see direct it. I hear they're talking too, from reading the trade magazines. I don't really know firsthand but that's good. Hopefully he will direct it and give us his great version of it."
It could still be that Jackson will only return in a producing capacity. In that case, Raimi still wants in. "If he doesn't direct it and decides just to produce it, I'd love to be considered as the director. I don't know if that's being talked about. I don't want to presume to know what's happening in those rooms. I know that Peter Jackson always loved The Hobbit. I'm assuming he would want to direct it but I don't want to make any claims I don't have any knowledge of."