Cinematical has a brief article about what a few folks are saying about making The Hobbit into a film. Here’s what they say:
For those of you who just can’t get enough of the little guys, hope is apparently not lost for a movie of J.R.R. Tolkien’s prequel to his The Lord of the Rings trilogy. According to Peter Jackson, the main stumbling block seems to be sorting out the complicated ownership of the rights to The Hobbit, which recently got a little more muddled. Until a few months ago, rights were shared by MGM and New Line – but when MGM was bought by Sony, their ownership rights were transfered as well. As Jackson put it, “Now, New Line and Sony have to talk to each other and I don’t think that anyone’s going to call me until those rights issues are resolved.” While this means nothing is currently going on, it also seems to suggest that he’s interested in directing the movie, if it does indeed happen.
Meanwhile, apropos of nothing, artist Alan Lee (who worked on both King Kong and LOTR) told reporters in Italy that he fully expects a Hobbit movie to be made “in three or four years.” One assumes that Lee is just talking, since he’s probably not on the inside of either Sony’s or New Line’s legal teams, but his words are at least further evidence that there’s a lot of interested in making the Hobbit from the creative team that made LOTR such a success.