It's been thirty years since author J.R.R. Tolkien passed away, but that hasn't stopped a brand new book from hitting shelves with his name on the cover. The Children of Hurin (which hits bookstores today) was pieced together by Tolkien's son Christopher from his father's old manuscripts, and already folks are talking big-screen adaptation. Essentially much darker than The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Hurin was told in fragmentary form in The Silmarillion (originally published in 1977) and its story takes place long before Frodo's famous journey.

Yes, we're back in Middle-earth, but this time the tale revolves around Turin and his sister Nienor; two victims of an unfortunate curse placed upon them by the first Dark Lord, Morgoth (to give you an idea as to how badass this dude is, Sauron was Morgoth's servant). Word on the street has it that Hollywood is all over this bad boy, but since Tolkien's estate owns the film rights, a move won't be made until all parties involved are on the same page. It's also important to note that, as of now, New Line has nothing to do with The Children of Hurin. Thus, if another studio were to pick it up, I'm sure Peter Jackson would be the first name on their go-to list (if, for some reason, he doesn't wind up helming The Hobbit instead). Could you imagine if two Tolkien adaptations were in development at the same time, with one to be directed by Sam Raimi and the other by Peter Jackson? Screw big-screen fantasy, for some that would be the ultimate real-life fantasy! Aren't you just giddy with anticipation? I know I am ...