I read in Entertainment Weekly (you can go to their EW.com website for the article) that Peter Jackson still hasn't been contacted by either MGM or New Line (the company that was responsible for the LOTR films) in the three years since Return of the King. Even though MGM released the statement in my earlier post to the public, they still haven't personally contacted Jackson about The Hobbit. The article goes on to explain why The Hobbit hasn't been made and why there has been so little talk of it, despite the success of the LOTR trilogy. The problem is that MGM owns the right to distribute the movie, while New Line owns the right to actually make the movie. The two studios have not been able to come to terms, and even today, though MGM appears to want to enter into a partnership to make The Hobbit, New Line appears to want to buy them out and go at it alone. All of this studio bickering has prevented any plans for The Hobbit from being made. I had thought all along that Jackson didn't want to make another Tolkien movie, but it turns out that he not only wants to make The Hobbit, but that he has some plans for it, including adding new material, and turning the project into two films rather than one. Hopefully MGM and New Line will get their shit together and The Hobbit will be made, by Jackson.