Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has been told he will be replaced by veteran British screen director Gerald Thomas for the next film adaptation of a JRR Tolkien novel.
Thomas is best known for directing the popular Carry On series of movies during the 1960s and 70s. He also directed several episodes of Bless This House, The Army Game and Blankety Blank for television.
J Arthur Rank said they wanted to "cheer up the next movie with a few high jinx" and that Thomas was "the perfect choice".
The Carry On series made over 1 million pounds for Rank and also saw several TV spin-offs. The Rings trilogy, which were not funny, generated nearly $3billion in cinemas around the world.
Fans of Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings films have long called for a film version of The Hobbit, now thought to have been re-named Carry on Hobbit.
The film tells the story of how Bilbo Baggins, played by Ronnie Corbett, takes a party of schoolgirls to a campsite and "has it off with them".
Producer Peter Rogers said at a press conference, "There is an hilarious scene where Bilbo loses his trousers on a bike ride, it is very funny".
Sources close to Rank have revealed Bernard Cribbins, Sid Little and Canon and Ball will also appear in the new movie.