There has been a lot of heated debate about that second Hobbit film. Many Lord of the Rings fans will take anything Middle-Earth, even if it's two hours cobbled out of appendices. Others see it as a betrayal of the Tolkien canon, and a blatant money grab by all involved. I readily admit I fall into the first category -- but I certainly don't want to see a bad film just to get a visual Middle Earth fix.

No matter what camp you fall into, however, Guillermo del Toro just made a statement that should please everyone. According to Defamer, he promises they are looking at adapting The Hobbit first and foremost -- and that a second film may not even happen. "We believe there is a second movie," del Toro said. "If there isn't, there will not be. If we find it, we will shoot it, but by God, if we do not find it, we will not shoot it. I am anxious to shoot the book, and I'm willing and able to dedicate myself to shooting the [second film]. In the four books that are in the domain of the copyright, there are appendices and ideas and things that can be traced without risk. But I have to be careful not to overstep. We believe there is a way to create this film and make it interesting, but it's too early."


It depends, of course, how skeptical you are of del Toro and Peter Jackson's ideals, and whether they can stand strong against MGM. Frankly, I am encouraged. It means nothing is set in stone as far as the filmmakers are concerned, and we may not have to wonder how they'll stretch two hours out of a handful of lines about Dol Guldur. Sure, they can scatter in elvish counsels and Aragorn wandering the wilds, but could Viggo Mortensen (who, admittedly, can do just about anything) really pull off a younger version of himself? I am beginning to feel that an extra film would be strange and wrong, and that they should run as far away from the appendices as possible. I'll be happy with The Hobbit, and rereading The Silmarillion a dozen times. How about you?

[via CHUD]