Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Sam Raimi revealed that, as rumored by rumor-mongers, he may be taking over the Lord of the Rings franchise to direct The Hobbit. Said the filmmaker:
Peter Jackson might be the best filmmaker on the planet right now. But, um, I don't know what's going to happen next for me right now. First and foremost, those are Peter Jackson and Bob Shaye's films. If Peter didn't want to do it, and Bob wanted me to do it — and they were both okay with me picking up the reins — that would be great. I love the book. It's maybe a more kid-friendly story than the others.
This news may put a fourth Spider-Man in peril, as Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst have already expressed reluctance in continuining the series, particularly if Raimi won't be involved. Luckily, either decision the director makes will leave nerds with the chance to elaborately dress up as the characters and scare the shit out of normies.