BilboNIkki Finke has all the details on New Line head Robert Shaye making up with Peter Jackson so that finally there shall come a HOBBIT movie.

The two Hobbit films – The Hobbit and its sequel – have long been stalled. Now they are scheduled to be shot simultaneously, with pre-production beginning as soon as possible. Principal photography is tentatively set for a 2009 start, with the intention of releasing The Hobbit in 2010 and its sequel the following year, in 2011.

SEQUEL???? WTF? Is that the one where Fingon rescues Maedhros from Morgoth and has to cut off his hand? Personally, we would like to see ONE Hobbit movie! One nice tidy Hobbit movie with Thorin and Elrond and Smaug. But I guess they need to leave in Bombadil this time by including Beorn and so on and split it into two? Whatevs…Hopefully Ian McKellan will be back as Gandalf!

According to Finke, Shaye had to make nice with Jackson to keep his job after THE GOLDEN COMPASS tanked. Jackson won’t direct the Hobbit since he’s busy on TINTIN and so on. Sam Raimi’s name is still being tossed around.

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  1. They better have Beorn in it dammit! Best scene in all the books is when Beorn comes rampaging into the battle at the end as a bear to rescue Thorin. Gets me all teary-eyed just thinking about it.

  2. movies are dumb. books rule.

    Golden Compass tried to cram in too much for too short a time.

    I wish more books would get adapted into expensive miniseries!

  3. This is great news. The two movies are a great idea. It has been rumored before and I think the idea most likely to happen over any other is that they will also film the White Council segment that Gandalf is involved with during the time of The Hobbit to drive out The Necromance (Sauron) from Mirkwood. Since it happens during the middle of the book they could intersperce that tale as well so they don’t loose Gandalf for a good Third to Half of the Film.

  4. Wasn’t there something about a “mid-quel” movie filling in the alleged gaps between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings?

    Given that the White Council thought the Necromancer was the Witch King, I wonder if Peter “literal” Jackson will have the great big jellyeye movie-Sauron floating about in a big black cape disguise…