Mark OrdeskyVariety columnist Anne Thompson has an excellent article on the longer, bigger picture of New Line Cinema and where “The Lord of the Rings,” films fit into that history. As part of the story she shares a small tidbit about a familiar producer that might be on board and yet another confirmation that Guillermo del Toro is still the likely to direct the two films that will tell the story of Bilbo Baggins and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Thanks to Compa_Mighty for tracking down the news. Read the full story right here.