London, England - After New Line Cinema announced he would not be directing The Hobbit, his reward for his box office success of his film adaptation of J.R.R Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson manages to re-emerge with yet another Middle-Earth epic tale to bring to life on the silver screen.
Working with none other than the son of J.R.R Tolkien himself, Christopher Tolkien, Jackson this time is set to direct the prequel to the prequel of The Hobbit: The Unintended Adventures of Smeagol (a.k.a.Gollum) edited by Christopher Tolkien.
"I was so excited when I got the news from Chris," said Jackson. "It seemed like only yesterday we were talking about how disappointed we were in New Line Cinema's decision to drop me from The Hobbit. I was so surprised to hear from him a few days later telling me he had just restored another one of his father's manuscripts."
Though having passed on some 30 years now, J.R.R Tolkien fortunately was an old adorable Oxford English professor who loved to write at a moments notice on whatever he could find at the time, never tossing anything away that his son, Chris, could not later retrieve.
The screenplay is just that too, an adaptation from the scribbling and scrawling that J.R.R Tolkien haphazardly wrote on the back of matchstick books, napkins and candy wrappers that he thought he discarded.
Christopher Tolkien, now 82, has dedicated his life to not only preserving his father's legacy but contributing to the body of work by meticulously rummaging through his father's smoking jackets and trouser pockets, even wastebaskets, looking for tiny bits and pieces of paper his father may have jotted down any coherent thoughts to regarding Middle-Earth.
Stringing them together to form barely a palatable yarn at first, Christopher works the Tolkien magic and before long another J.R.R. Tolkien epic novel is posthumously born-again.
"Who knows what I'll find in his pockets next," Christopher Tolkien quipped with a mischievous look in his eyes, surprisingly spry for a man of his years.
"Although, on second thought," he continued. "I did go through them all many, many times before. Still, maybe there's another epic novel written on the back of a train ticket or cleaners receipt somewhere that I overlooked, though not very likely. Oh, I got it. I haven't sifted through the dryer's lint catcher yet. Hey, I bet there's at least two more books in there alone."