It’s Bilbo Time

Peter Jackson will be making two Hobbit movies!!
Unfortunately, the first one will not be out by Christmas 2008:

But a settlement announced on Tuesday between Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema holds the promise that peace will break out in Middle Earth and that fans could see the first of two resulting movies by December 2010.

Yikes, we have to wait that long. Surely Jackson could have been kind to us and been working on the first one on his own while negotiating with New Line.
The first one will be based on The Hobbit. The second will be based on….well, maybe they are just going to make it all up.

Via The Volokh Conspiracy.

Theatrical or DVD LOTR

Nate contemplates the possibility that Peter Jackson is insane.
Really, how could Jackson possibly think the theatrical versions of the LOTR trilogy is better than the extended versions? Well, they are his creations and each had its purpose.
I have had time to watch only the first disk of the extended Two Towers and if this is exemplary of the rest it is a huge improvement on a movie that I already thought was very, very good!
But, of course, this says nothing regarding Jackson’s sanity just that if the studio had allowed it he could have delivered an even greater movie to the theaters.
And, based on how easy it was to sit through RoTK I don’t think length would have bothered most viewers. In fact I was pleasantly surprised at how many folks stayed through the credits (though a few stood to watch them).