Not sure this is quite right place for this or that is breaking news- but found this quote from Ian Mckellen on what yahoo laughingly calls its news service;
The 70-year-old said: "They've done a wonderful script, as far as I can tell, but what it will look like I've no idea.
"I can understand people being excited, and legitimately so. It is a real book, it was written by Tolkien, not just added on because they made a lot of money out of the first, it deserves to be made.
"It was a pity perhaps it wasn't made before Lord of the Rings in the right sequence."
Not sure exactly what he means by "as far as I can tell" with regards the script- has he seen a script or not? hard to tell.