The Hobbit Discussed by Del Toro
Guillermo Del Toro--the prospective director of The Hobbit--spoke up on the official bulletin board for Hellboy II, by saying there has been "a lot of movement" in bringing him on board to direct the two-part Hobbit movie (which will be produced by Peter Jackson).
More directly, Del Toro said:
"Whew. Not yet. But there has been a lot of movement. And for the last few weeks there has been a lot of creative/cast/crew/visual talks and agreements, and we have witnessed great progress in areas that I cannot disclose or that have already leaked from other sources...
"I am dying to share news, but I have to be patient and wait until the papers are done and my attachment is real. Nevertheless, a lot of progress in defining the films, their cast and crew. And, may I add, we are all happily in synch about all creative aspects so far and all willing and eager to move forth."
Sounds like some good things are happening as we anticipate some sort of official announcement regarding filming on the prequel!