Sam Raimi Telling Sony He Is Thinking Of Doing 'The Hobbit'
A while ago, it was reported that Sam Raimi was contacted by New Line to make the prequel to The Lord of the Rings. Titled The Hobbit, the story tells of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and his quest with Gandalf. Now rumors are turning into facts and it is being reported that Sam is actually talking about doing The Hobbit movies. Here is an excerpt from an article in the LA Times:
"In a move that would have ramifications for several major multi-nationals, and millions of fans, 'Spider-Man' maestro Sam Raimi has been telling associates, as well as his corporate masters at Sony, that he is thinking of directing 'The Hobbit,' the prequel to J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork, "The Lord of the Rings." At least two top-level insiders – who declined to be named -- have heard the words out of the director's mouth.... A call to Raimi's office was directed to his agent, Richard Lovett, at CAA. The agency did not comment."
The article also goes onto mention that Sony plans to cap the Spider-Man franchise at six films. If Sam does take on The Hobbit, we won't be seeing him and Bruce hook up for Evil Dead IV any time soon, but we will probably see Bruce in The Hobbit. You can read the full article here.
Note: One more story for today. I've been pretty inconsistent for the last few days.