So, maybe I don't like The Lord of the Rings, but The Hobbit was pretty good.
It kind of bugs me that they're making a Hobbit movie after The Lord of the Rings movies. I mean, The Hobbit comes before Lord of the--
Wait, they're making two Hobbit movies? Oh...so splitting up a book into two movies is a trend now, apparently. I'm not sure how to feel about that. From a fan's perspective, it's good because you get more material to enjoy. From a cynic's perspective, it's bad because it's an obvious ploy to milk the public/fans for as much money as they're worth.
Maybe the "split a book into two movies" trend is just a natural extention of the "film back-to-back sequels" trend.
Anyway, the news sources seem to say that The Hobbit will star the actors from The Lord of the Rings. That makes sense, of course. People want to see familiar characters like Frodo again. Plus, a lot of those actors are famous, so they're a big draw.
The problem is that, besides Gandalf, pretty much none of the Lord of the Rings characters are in The Hobbit. How are they going to shoehorn these characters in? It's not like they go on the adventure with Bilbo or anything. And I think fans would be disappointed if, say, Orlando Bloom only has a three second cameo.
So...that's something I'll be interested in seeing. Will they make the Lord of the Rings characters important to the plot of the movies, thereby not following the book so well? Or will they follow the book faithfully, and make the Lord of the Rings characters totally irrelevant? We'll have to wait and see.