Read the news here. Peter Jackson and New Line are finally singing kumbaya, their quarrels put aside. The two Hobbit films are slated for release in 2010 and 2011. Jackson, however, will be producing rather than directing them. Let’s hope he’s pro-active enough so the films will have the same feel and texture of The Lord of the Rings.
The Hobbit really doesn’t merit two films (it could easily be done in a single two-and-a-half hour installment), and the story isn’t a fifth as profound as Lord of the Rings (being an action-adventure for kids), but who’s complaining? I’m looking forward to revisiting Middle-Earth on screen. And Bilbo has always been my favorite character, even if Frodo got the better story.