Posting with minimal to no comment.
I go back on forth on how much I was hoping for Peter Jackson to step up and direct these films. I really was for a brief time relatively positive about Del Toro taking the reins, but never completely sold on the idea.
And then when he had to step away due to the interminable delays created by the studio financial problems, I thought it was over.
But Jackson made the tough personal call and locked himself in just to get it done, and you gotta respect that.
And you gotta be anxiously jumping from foot to foot now counting down for next December.
(Ok, so that was a bit more than minimal...)