Rest easy, Hobbit fans, said Borys Kit in The Hollywood Reporter. Bilbo Baggins is in good hands. Peter Jackson, who directed the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Guillermo del Toro, who is adapting JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, have ditched an eight-month search for a screenwriter and decided to write the screenplay for the two Hobbit films together. It looks like they figured “no one is better suited for the task than they are.”
Well, they’ll also be joined by Fran Walsh, who is Jackson’s wife, and Phillipa Boyens, said Patrick Kevin Day in a Los Angeles Times blog, both of whom collaborated on the screenplays for the Lord of the Rings films. That sure is “a lot of top-name talent huddled around the keyboard at once.” Let's hope this doesn't turn into a battle of egos.
The real challenge, said Ben Child in a Guardian blog, will be stretching two movies out of one book. The writers will have to work Tolkien’s “thinly-sketched writings about the period between the end of The Hobbit and the start of The Lord of the Rings into a standalone sequel.” Not an easy task.
What initially concerned me, said Richard Brunton in the blog Filmstalker, was that Guillermo del Toro would get carried away with “fantastical creatures and such in his vision of the film.” But hopefully, Jackson will keep things grounded.