Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema reached agreement to produce the movie version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, which was the prequel to Lord of the Rings. Jackson showed such capability in capturing the detail of the Lord of the Rings books that there is no doubt he will do the same for The Hobbit. If he is allowed to conform to the standards that he himself set, the film is almost guaranteed to become a classic.
Most people who saw Lord of the Rings – it was spectacular cinema – probably did not read Tolkien’s trilogy; this is unfortunate as the richness of the books far surpasses the richness of the movies. (And to put it into perspective, Lord of the Rings is one of the few films that ever did its pedigree any justice. “Of Mice and Men” is the only other film that I can think off the top of my head that’s also up there).
The first of the two Hobbit movies is scheduled for release in 2010. I strongly suggest reading The Hobbit prior to seeing the film. The film will be that much better.