Yates' name has been mentioned on industry insider tracking boards as the top choice to take the reins from Guillermo del Toro
I like many fans want to see a big screen Hobbit movie. This hope is not lost jut put on hold until MGM can resolve their financial issues.
David Yates could handle directing a Hobbit movie. He could even do a great job at it but that is not the real question.
Will he do it? Probably not at this point in time. Since Guillermo del Toro walked away from a project that he loves because of the delays I don't see any big name director picking this up until MGM resolves their first obstacle.
(via SCI FI Wire)