Yep. Peter Jackson, the (formerly) Hobbit-like director of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, has agreed to produce the two new Hobbit movies due out in 2010 and 2011. The most astonishing news is not that New Line Cinema finally caved in to the ‘Rings’ fans by reluctanly bringing back Jackson. (Apparently he and New Line had an argument about money of all things?!)
Nope. The strange news is that there are TWO Hobbit movies in the making. Ummm…why two? Either they’ll split the book into two parts, or make a sequel or prequel. Either way, I’m skeptical.
Michael Lynn, the co-chief executive officer of New Line claims:
The two “Hobbit” movies will serve as prequels to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, with the second film acting as a bridge to the first installment of “Lord of the Rings.”
Even though it would be interesting if one of the films took us further back into Tolkien’s greater work, The Silmarillion, I would rather that they make one movie faithful to the text, yet beautifully rendered. We’ll have to wait and see.
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