Those of you that know about the movie might not realize it is being created by the same man who gave us the Lord of the Rings movies, Peter Jackson.
This has fans of Tolkien (like me) equally excited and terrified.
I am excited because I am fairly certain Jackson will be including events that happen "off stage" during The Hobbit. In the middle of the story Gandalf disappears for a period of time and when he returns he doesn't really explain what he was doing. I don't want to be a movie spoiler but if you are curious and don't mind possible spoilers, follow this link. (Hint: Bilbo's adventures in The Hobbit are also called The Quest for Erebor.)
So why am I also terrified? Because Tolkien has given us only snippets of information about what happened on Gandalf's adventures. We can piece together information from the appendices of the Lord of the Rings books and other works. However, this lack of detail gives Peter Jackson the freedom to create his own story, something hard core Tolkien fans are nervous about.
All that being said.....I can't wait!