In his e-journal, Ian McKellen adds his thoughts about the issues surrounding The Hobbit film, saying that he finds it hard to imagine that any other director could match Peter Jackson’s Tolkien-esque achievements, and that he hopes New Line, MGM and Wingnut can resolve their differences, and sooner rather than later.

He also said that he was “very sad as I should have relished re-visiting Middle Earth with Peter again as team-leader”.

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