After the blockbuster success of the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, one would imagine that 'The Hobbit' would be smooth sailing. Instead, we've gotten five years of anticipation, stretching the full life of Cinematical. It started with rights issues in 2005. Since then, Peter Jackson went to war with New Line for its 'Rings' accounting; Sam Raimi and Guillermo del Toro circled the project before del Toro signed on; the book was split in two; money woes made pre-production difficult; delays abounded; del Toro left; a bunch of new names vied for the opportunity before the whirlwind came full circle and Jackson jumped in the director's chair.
If this back-and-forth has left you wary about the film ever coming to be, this should help amp up the excitement: Peter Jackson has shared two glimpses of himself hangin' in the Shire.
There's nothing exactly new to see. We already got a taste of the Hobbit world in 'Rings' and some far-off shots of the set last summer. What's great about these images is the feel. Jackson is, undoubtedly, the father of the modern Hobbits, and seeing him standing in that round doorway is like the comfort of seeing Dad come home after a long and tumultuous time away.
Resting in the Shire, it's easy to forget the disappointment of 'The Lovely Bones' and welcome those big, bare feet once again.