Movie producer Saul Zaentz (aka The Guy Who Owns the Movie Rights to "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit") has made his opinions known regarding the future of the "Hobbit" movie — and the guy seems strangely confident that director Peter Jackson WILL be returning for that particular gig.
From ShowbizData: "A German website, Elbenwald.de, posted an interview with Zaentz, who acquired the rights to the works of the late Rings writer, J.R.R. Tolkien, in 1976 (the Saul Zaentz Company owns Tolkien Enterprises), in which Zaentz says, "It will definitely be shot by Peter Jackson. … Next year The Hobbit rights will fall back to my company. I suppose that Peter will wait because he knows that he will make the best deal with us. And he is fed up with the studios: to get his profit share on the Rings trilogy he had to sue New Line. With us, in contrast, he knows that he will be paid fairly and artistically supported without reservation."
Hmm, this is all getting fairly juicy!