I’m going to keep this real short, because I’ve got some serious anticipatin’ to do. Guillermo del Toro is in talks to take on the two Hobbit flicks for New Line.

With The Lovely Bones and the three-picture Tintin crowding his plate, Peter Jackson doesn’t have the leeway to direct the movies any time soon. If Guillermo’s deal works out, he’ll “oversee” the script with Jackson, likely beginning the very moment the strike is resolved. (Go ahead and dream that hunger to get this one going could push New Line to broker its own deal with the WGA.) This is like that time I got a tricked-out Tamiya Hornet r.c. car, a Penthouse subscription and a pistol for my thirteenth birthday. Except this is better, because that didn’t really happen and this actually could.