Although I know this isn't hot news, I'd like to put in a word about the film version of Tolkein's The Hobbit. Actually there will be two films (prequels to Lord of the Rings ). I assume that everyone who loves The Rings trilogy wanted Peter Jackson to direct The Hobbit. But that wasn't to be. The producers of The Hobbit films (including Jackson) have shown their commitment to continuing the quality of the original trilogy. They have turned the directing reins over to Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro directed what I think was head-over-heels last year's best film, Pan's Labyrinth. Despite the absence of Jackson from the director's chair, I think del Toro will bring a new and very exciting sensibility to the two Hobbit films. Del Toro said:
Contributing to the Lord of the Rings legacy is an absolute dream come true.He has already brought Ian McKellen on board as to reprise his role as Gandalf.