At long last, Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema have resolved their considerable differences, and are re-teaming to film two more Middle Earth movies. One will be an adaptation of "The Hobbit," and the other will be based on various other writings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Like most "Lord of the Rings" fans, I was initially psyched at the prospect of a triumphant return to Middle Earth.
But my enthusiasm was significantly dampened when it was revealed that Jackson will be producing the films, but will most likely not be directing. Since my boundless admiration for P.J.'s filmmaking talents is far greater than my affinity for Tolkien's stories, I'm now skeptical of this endeavor.