Jackson and Del Toro give up on Hobbit writers
Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro have given up on finding a writer for their Hobbit films and instead have decided to take up the position themselves.
They've been at it for some eight months, but now they think they can do the job themselves, and it isn't that hard for the first film since it's a direct adaptation of The Hobbit novel, the second film will perhaps be the big challenge.
The second film is to take various works from J.R.R. Tolkien and pull them together to bridge the gap between where The Hobbit ends and The Lord of the Rings begins.
Their schedules cleared up, they realised that they both loved the material so much that they should do it themselves, and in order to meet the dates for release they needed people who could hit the ground running and new the material well. They ticked all the boxes.
It does make me wonder what the plans are for Peter Jackson's Dambusters remake, and perhaps it might be slipping by the wayside while they spend time writing and developing The Hobbit.
However this is good news for the two Hobbit films. I was concerned that perhaps we would see Guillermo del Toro race off with fantastical creatures and such in his vision of the film, but with Peter Jackson co-writing I think we might be just fine.