October 25, 2006 - MGM and New Line Cinema are moving ever closer to making
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit a big-screen reality. And now it seems that the
studios may be planning not one, but two films based on the 1937 fantasy novel.
MGM chief operating officer Rick Sands revealed the plans this past weekend
during a trade show in Orlando, Florida, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The Hobbit follows Bilbo Baggins on an adventure with a band of dwarves and the
wizard Gandalf as they attempt to reclaim the dwarves' stolen treasure and
restore their kingdom
This is the second time in the past month that Sands has publicly commented on
the project. A few weeks ago, he issued a statement in response to a fan
petition urging MGM and New Line to pursue Lord of the Rings helmer Peter
Jackson as the director of The Hobbit.
"Peter Jackson's phenomenal success with The Lord of the Rings trilogy makes him
the first and most ideal choice for directing The Hobbit. MGM would be thrilled
to collaborate with the Academy Award-winning director on this MGM New Line
Cinema production," Sands said.
*SOURCE - http://movies.ign.com/articles/741/741713p1.html*
Okay so...two Hobbit films? Some fans didnt even think it was long enough for
as long as PJ is attached, so am I :) The huge nerd in me just can't contain