Bilbo Baggins Finds His Screen Scribes

(Forwarded to me from Evan From Today’s Shelf Awareness newsletter)

The eight-month search is over for a screenwriter to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and it ends back where it started. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro decided “that no one is better suited for the task than they are. Del Toro, who is directing the movies, will team with . . . executive producer Jackson to adapt the J.R.R. Tolkien book and write its follow-up. Also joining them in the writer’s room are Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, both of whom collaborated with Jackson on the Rings trilogy.”

The two films “will be shot simultaneously, with principal photography tentatively set for a late-2009 start. New Line and MGM hope to release Hobbit in 2011 and its sequel the following year.”

As you know this project has been on-again, off-again with Jackson in and out of it. It really doesn’t matter what anyone says, ultimately the film vision of Tolkien’s works is owned by Jackson and can be brought to life successfully by no other. I’m glad it’s finally been done. I am pleased this is moving forward and am looking forward to returning to Middle-Earth.

In other news, the cortisone shot has partially helped. My shoulder and neck still hurt but they hurt less. The part that hurts still really hurts but my range of motion has improved.

Scooter has a vet appointment Sunday night because her stool has turned black. Black stool in any cat, dog, or human is a sign of internal bleeding. If it doesn’t go away in a few days a vet visit is required.

Saturday is still the post-birthday RHPS event. I am psyched. No idea how I’ll stay awake except for lots of Starbucks. Woo-Hoo.

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