Monday, November 20, 2006 is reporting that, due to time constraints, New Line Cinema have decided they can't work with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh's company Wingnut Films to make the film version of The Hobbit. Apparently this is because (a) Wingnut and New Line are engaged in a lawsuit over monies from The Fellowship of the Ring; (b) Wingnut have decided they aren't going to work with New Line again until the lawsuit is resolved; (c) New Line's agreement with the Saul Zaentz company to make The Hobbit puts a time limit on making the film.

This is a bummer. Lots of people have unpleasant things to say about "PJ" but I've always appreciated the work he did on LOTR. I think the best thing about the work done on the films is that they worked so hard to keep both fanatics^H^H^H^H^Hs and newcomers happy. Some people have voiced doubts on some of the casting (Sean Astin*cough* Elijah Wood*cough*) but overall I think they did a really. good. job. The films aren't perfect by any means, but if you're looking for perfection you're going to be disappointed a lot - and despite what some will say, you won't even find it in the books.

PJ and Fran: So long and thanks for all the fish^H^Hlms!

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