I may have some more information on how THE HOBBIT will be split into two films. If you remember, in a previous post, I had some doubt about if THE HOBBIT book had enough story to make two films. My opinion was that a lot more story would have to be added.
In a recent MTV article by Shawn Adler, he quotes Elijah Wood (Frodo from the first LOTR trilogy) as saying: "I haven’t spoken to [Peter Jackson] directly about it [but] I’ve e-mailed him, and as far as I know the two films that they’re doing, one will be ‘The Hobbit’ and another will take place between the 60 years that happened between ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings."
If true, this is some real exciting news - not only will this open up the possibility for an all new chapter in the Tolkien universe, but it will also mean that we could see Elijah and others from the LOTR trilogy reprise their roles in Part II. GDT has said that he is very open to bringing back the original actors.
Meanwhile, no confirmation yet that THE HOBBIT is a done deal for GDT. Hang in there, fans.