The Road (to “The Hobbit”) Goes Ever On… and On…

By the beard of Gandalf, the battle between New Line and Peter Jackson has taken a dramatic turn

Whether this is good news or bad news for those hoping to see Jackson direct The Hobbit, it’s hard to say.

But it probably does mean that the movie is not going to happen anytime soon. And the more years that pass, the less likely it is that we’ll see Ian Holm in the title role. (Since we’re told that Bilbo did not age — visibly, at least — during the years of his possession of the One Ring, it doesn’t make sense to cast a youngster to play Bilbo in The Hobbit. But how would you cast another older fellow besides Holm without causing a riot? He’s just so perfect for the role!)

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • hobbylobby

    what ever happens, I’ll be really sad if they end up cropping out segments of the story for some crap excuse like “pacing” or “continuity”.

    I want a seven hour all inclusive feature!

  • phillytle

    I’m not sure if this is a bad thing. This could be just the thing to get New Line to settle out of court and get the ball rolling on The Hobbit with Jackson.

    Go to to read some thoughts on this.