Today's "Spit Happens" moment is brought to us by Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema, via Jeff Miller:
Jackson and New Line have apparently just reached an agreement for Jackson to make "The Hobbit".
See, I warned you. I'll wait while you run for a bib.
Having enjoyed "The Lord of the Rings" very much, I would have to say that I am looking forward to seeing the results. I do have to admit, however, that my enjoyment was somewhat marred by the more drastic liberties good ol' "P.J." took with plot and character in "The Two Towers" and "Return of the King". I thought the story lost a little of its original depth. Still, the films were revolutionary in their special effects, unless I'm mistaken, and I absolutely loved the visual depiction of Middle Earth. While the changes took some of the meaning out, Jackson still made considerable effort to remain true to the thematic material--much more effort than most filmmakers, in my opinion. To be fair, it should also be said that it would be nearly impossible to capture the fullness of Tolkien's work in any movie.
I have to echo Jeff Miller's hope that Sir Ian McKellen will be willing to participate in this again. I also hope that there will be some continuity between Ian Holm's version of Bilbo, and whatever new performances may be in the new movie.
At the very least, this is a good opportunity for New Line to redeem itself after The Golden Compass.
At the most, this could be one butt-kicking movie. :)