Man, how long have we been waiting for a live-action Hobbit movie? Ever since we pretended to read The Hobbit for a middle school book report? Since we saw the Lord of the Rings movies? Since we again pretended we'd read The Hobbit after the Lord of the Rings movies came out? Regardless, it's been a while. So you'll be glad to know Sir Ian McKellen claims the Hobbit films will finally begin shooting in the spring:
The scripts for the two films will be delivered very soon. Then they'll be budgeted, and then they'll be cast. And they'll be going when they've always said they would be, which is next spring – March or April. Guillermo even told me at one point, 'We're going to film for 383 days.' He's got that artistic autism! Jackson's the same; they're very, very, very alike.
Hey, I think maybe I'm like Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson too! No one has ever quite said I have "artistic autism," but I have been called "creatively retarded"!