If I misplaced this thread and it should be in a different section, sorry.
The latest news item on PT's home link concerning Peter Jackson being revoked the right to direct "The Hobbit", well umm, concerns me! http://www.planet-tolkien.com/news/article_276.
In my opinion Tolkien's LOTR and Jackson's LOTR are the same basic story, with similar background plots, but in an essence it's like comparing a Ford truck vs Chevy... Very similar but yet so different.
Don't get me wrong, no one else could have done it better or even near as good, for that matter, because the books are quite extensive in detail and length, in order to make the movie exactly like the book, the movies would have to be like 6 hours each and that's just too long for your average audience to sit through. The LOTR were a smash at the box offices thanks to Jackson and i bet if they throw a new director in the chair for "The Hobbit" It will not meet expectations...
Since Jackson has basically modified the LOTR story wouldn't you think it'd be for the best if he continued with this prequel and stuck to his same modifications? Or could you magically turn The Hobbit, word for word, into a movie without modifying the story like Jackson has to for LOTR? It's definitely not as complicated but since Jackson has already basically mastered filming Middle Earth I'd think it's best you hand the torch back to the master.
Basically i think this whole conundrum comes down to one word.... GREED, on both sides of the party that is. Is 200 million not enough Mr. Jackson? Can't you spare the extra few million New Line Cinema?
I hope they can sort this out and they let Jackson get back to what he does best so we can see a solid prequel for the solid trilogy, but only time will tell i guess.