By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
After all the bumps in the road that The Hobbit has seen already, due most in part to lawsuits, at least we have people at the helm who care about the production. Peter Jackson cares so much that he has no problem announcing that the scripts are taking a bit longer than expected, meaning that production will have to start a few months later than expected.
Script(s) Taking a Bit Longer for The Hobbit
Jackson explained he's hoping to complete the second Hobbit script -- written with Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens and director Guillermo del Toro -- by the beginning of next year. Once they have something worth reading, Jackson can then put a budget together for MGM and New Line. Warner Bros., who will handle domestic distribution, and MGM, who have international rights, will have to wait to see whether the production push will delay the theatrical release dates set for December 2011 and December 2012.