Jackson, who directed the "Rings" trilogy, will serve as executive producer for "The Hobbit." A director for the prequel films has yet to be named...
Two "Hobbit" films are scheduled to be shot simultaneously, similar to how the three "Lord of the Rings" films were made. Production is set to begin in 2009 with a released planned for 2010, with the sequel scheduled for a 2011 release.
I'd be jubilant, but they haven't yet said anything about the script, and if Jackson, Walsh and Boyens aren't writing it, I'm not entirely sure I care.
Also, I'm intrigued by this supposed "sequel" they're talking about. I know in the past Jackson has said he'd like to make two films, with the second one using the info in the appendices to fill in the story between the end of The Hobbit and the beginning of LOTR. But, while some interesting stuff happens in there, it's not exactly what I'd call a story arc. You know, with a beginning, middle and end. How, exactly, he plans to turn that into a cohesive film, I'm fascinated to find out.
In other news, after a concerted push over the last two days, I am officially done with my Christmas shopping (not counting food, because, obviously, it's too early for that). I spent most of yesterday out shopping and came home and did some straightening up and putting away my shopping, which meant that I pretty much spent the whole day on my feet. And apparently Chucks were not a good choice for this, because last night my left foot started hurting. Like really a lot. And after more shopping today it hurts even worse.
That's right, ya'll, I have a Christmas shopping injury. Bah humbug.