Just as any "Lord of the Rings" fan hoped, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro have ended the eight-month-long search for writers for the "Hobbit" films and hired themselves.
Del Toro, the writer of "Hellboy" and "Pan's Labyrinth," will team up with "Lord of the Rings" director and writer Peter Jackson. In addition, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, Jackson's collaborators on the iconic trilogy, will join the team.
When Jackson originally signed on to be the executive producer of the upcoming "Hobbit" films, he said he would not write the script due to schedule conflicts. When a director, del Toro, was decided upon, the two began to search for writers. However, during the almost-year-long process, the two discovered that their overwhelming love for the material and Jackson's intimate relationship with the realm of Middle Earth made them the ideal candidates for the job. Additionally, Jackson's understanding of Tolkien's world and work will also make the process go more smoothly and will allow the films to make their scheduled release dates.