18 December 2007

Battle for Middle Earth over!

The AP is reporting that Peter Jackson has buried the hatchet -- or maybe he's buried the shards of the Narsil -- to make "The Hobbit" film for New Line Cinema.

Make that "films." Plural. Apparently they're breaking the story into two, scheduled for release in 2010 and 2011.

Jackson had long been on the outs with New Line, feeling the company had shrifted him due profits from the original "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. But really, did fans want to see anyone else direct this prequel?

Here's the AP release, though the headline is wrong. Jackson will be executive producer, but not direct, the film.

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