The Hobbit is close to happening. For real.

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With so many false starts and drama surrounding The Hobbit, we’ve been careful what we choose to post about it. But this latest news, first reported by the LA Times on Friday and then re-confirmed by the NY Times on Saturday, is too big not the bring up. It looks like the two Hobbit films may finally see the green light as soon as this week for a mid-January start date and a December 2012 and 2013 release. Here’s the LA Times:

Warner Bros., its subsidiary New Line Cinema and partner Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer appear to be close to greenlighting the hugely anticipated two-part “Lord of the Rings” prequel “The Hobbit,” according to several people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.

And the NY Times:

After months of negotiation and delay, Warner Brothers and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer are on the verge of an agreement that would allow the director Peter Jackson to begin shooting a two-part version of J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Hobbit” early next year.

Both articles confirm that Jackson will be directing the movies, and the NY Times confirms that both will be shot in 3D.