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Hobbit Team Have Started On Script
Jackson, Del Toro, Walsh, Boyens up pens

20 August 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  |  Source: EW

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Well, the Hobbit movies just got that little bit closer with the completion of deals for Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo Del Toro to write the two movies (yes, we thought deals were done too). With all I's crossed and T's dotted, the trio can now get on with the business of penning both an adaptation of JRR Tolkien's first Middle-Earth book and a sequel of invented events.

The scripts will have to be complete by the latter half of 2009 since shooting is scheduled to begin in the autumn, with the release of the films then set for 2010 and 2011. It all seems such a very long way away.

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RE: 2nd film must be about Aragorn
You know your facts. I hope they don't make a film based on the Silmarillion; it'd be far too long and have too many events in it. They should adapt...erm...is it "The Book of Lost Tales"? Something like that. They'd make good films. More

Posted by BlancmangePie at 18:05 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: 2nd film must be about Aragorn
L: JokerTheClown "the Hobbit needs to be like the LOTR(both film and Book) and not like the child-like book(trolls called Bert &Tom)"/ Really, so you don't want an adaptation of the book and for it to just be completely different? bbit" wasn't a child-like book at alland Tom were their names, so they'll probably be in the film with those names. Deal with it. eally? It is a children's book, you know... More

Posted by Rumbaabaa at 10:19 on 28 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: 2nd film must be about Aragorn
"the Hobbit needs to be like the LOTR(both film and Book) and not like the child-like book(trolls called Bert &Tom)"/ Really, so you don't want an adaptation of the book and for it to just be completely different? "The Hobbit" wasn't a child-like book at all. Bert and Tom were their names, so they'll probably be in the film with those names. Deal with it. More

Posted by JokerTheClown at 10:03 on 28 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Why 2 films
L: pete_traynor L: rupert303 don't even get me started on this! What, the rapidly declining standards at the BBC? ote]   More

Posted by rupert303 at 09:00 on 25 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Why 2 films
L: rupert303 don't even get me started on this! sp; What, the rapidly declining standards at the BBC? More

Posted by pete_traynor at 15:35 on 22 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Why NOT 2 films???
I really can’t see why anyone is all that worried about the 2nd film. It’s another Jackson and co journey into Middle Earth! I don’t think those of us who enjoyed the last three are in the minority by any stretch of the imagination. I have complete faith that they will pull this off and while people have complained about certain major revisions considered for the first films (Arwen at Helms Deep, Sauron fight in ROTK etc) Jackson never included them, realising that it was never intend More

Posted by pete_traynor at 15:31 on 22 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Why 2 films
Loved the LotR trilogy - hope the Hobbit isn't a let down but I think the right people are on board to make it a success.  Not sure why they are doing 2 films though as all of the other films were based on the books. More

Posted by darrenlmf at 14:54 on 22 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Why 2 films
L: rupert303 L: pete_traynor The BBC has it wrong. The adaptation of the Hobbit has always been one movie. What they have missed out with their sloppy research is that the 2nd film will be an original story that will fill the time frame and take us up to the opening of TLOTR on't even get me started on this! don't see a problem, there's oodles of material to draw from, it's not like they're creating something totally new. Tolken wrote loads about middle earth outside of the More

Posted by somekindof_battery at 02:06 on 22 August 2008 | Report This Post

2nd film must be about Aragorn
why is everyone worried about the 2nd film, surely the writers of the LOTR will deliver 2 top quality films, the Hobbit needs to be like the LOTR(both film and Book) and not like the child-like book(trolls called Bert &Tom)and should include the white council and lothlorien elves driving Sauron from Dol Guldur, The 2nd film will concentrate on Aragorn, his wanderings with gandalf, early romance with Arwen fighting for Thengel of Rohan and Ecthelion of Gondor and his victory over the corsairs More

Posted by beleg at 18:53 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Why 2 films
L: pete_traynor The BBC has it wrong. The adaptation of the Hobbit has always been one movie. What they have missed out with their sloppy research is that the 2nd film will be an original story that will fill the time frame and take us up to the opening of TLOTR on't even get me started on this! More

Posted by rupert303 at 17:21 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Why 2 films
The BBC has it wrong. The adaptation of the Hobbit has always been one movie. What they have missed out with their sloppy research is that the 2nd film will be an original story that will fill the time frame and take us up to the opening of TLOTR More

Posted by pete_traynor at 17:01 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

Hobbit
Why 2 films, its only a short book, 1 would be plenty, and why these 3 writing it, they fucked up lord of the rings, especially the two towers, how much are they going to add to the book to make it two films, it seems to me its all about money. More

Posted by ryecatcher at 13:32 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Is this really a news article?
Christ! You think this is weak check out the coverage on the BBC News website. According to them Jackson only announced his input on writing duties today as they couldn’t find anyone else up to the task. Oh and the Hobbit will be split in two, so with the companion film that makes another trilogy right! C’mon world service, shocking journalism!!! More

Posted by pete_traynor at 12:56 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

Really?
I just thought they were further along with this project than it looks like now... Still, I cannot wait for this. Such amazing and creative creatures on board here - this has to be good. Stiil, it's a long wait... More

Posted by Hafredal at 06:50 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

UUUMMM, I THOUGHT THEY WERE FURTHER ALONG THAN THIS?.....
At this rate the gap between the R.O.T.K. and the Hobbit will be so long that people may have lost their taste for all things Middle Earth, we've all seen what happens when you wait just a bit too long to do another pic from a beloved franchise. And while we're pondering that notion, where in the hell is Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones adaptation got to? I read the book, it aint that long, and hardly a huge effects movie either, weren't they filming this back in 2007? yet still no release date, More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 00:28 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

UUUMMM, I THOUGHT THEY WERE FURTHER ALONG THAN THIS?.....
At this rate the gap between the R.O.T.K. and the Hobbit will be so long that people may have lost their taste for all things Middle Earth, we've all seen what happens when you wait just a bit too long to do another pic from a beloved franchise. And while we're pondering that notion, where in the hell is Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones adaptation got to? I read the book, it aint that long, and hardly a huge effects movie either, weren't they filming this back in 2007? yet still no release date, More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 00:27 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

UUUMMM, I THOUGHT THEY WERE FURTHER ALONG THAN THIS?.....
At this rate the gap between the R.O.T.K. and the Hobbit will be so long that people may have lost their taste for all things Middle Earth, we've all seen what happens when you wait just a bit too long to do another pic from a beloved franchise. And while we're pondering that notion, where in the hell is Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones adaptation got to? I read the book, it aint that long, and hardly a huge effects movie either, weren't they filming this back in 2007? yet still no release date, More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 00:26 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Is this reallyt a news article?
is it me or have u come back more cynical swords... and how was the trip??!?!!?!? oh yes...Hobbit...woo? More

Posted by richCie at 23:24 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Is this reallyt a news article?
Will we get updated on when they go to the toilet as well? More

Posted by swordsandsandals at 23:03 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Is this really a news article?
Will we get updated on when they go to the toilet as well? More

Posted by swordsandsandals at 23:02 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
L: tango fett sorry to be a nagging mistake spotter there Olly. But back to topic i really don't see why anyone is worried about the second movie. These guys arn't going to do anything that could destroy the world that J.R.R created. Besides i think i would trust these four with my life, let alone a movie. Although this will be one of the biggest movie's it will still be a movie. So set back, relax and eargely await 2010 or whenever it is and then go to the cinema and back to middle ea More

Posted by rupert303 at 19:26 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

With all I's crossed and T's dotted
. More

Posted by johnmcclane at 17:37 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

sorry to be a nagging mistake spotter there Olly. But back to topic i really don't see why anyone is worried about the second movie. These guys arn't going to do anything that could destroy the world that J.R.R created. Besides i think i would trust these four with my life, let alone a movie. Although this will be one of the biggest movie's it will still be a movie. So set back, relax and eargely await 2010 or whenever it is and then go to the cinema and back to middle earth. More

Posted by tango fett at 17:29 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Beards Beards Beards......................
..................and more beards. Everyone in this movie will have beards, even the women and the children and the dragons and the trees and Tom Bombadil and Treebeard and old Beardy McBeard the Bearded from Beardakistan. The director has a beard, the producer has a beard and ALL the writers have beards, (Think about it). It should be renamed The Bearded Hobbit. More

Posted by tetchy at 15:53 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

colin flirth for bilbo. More

Posted by osh man at 15:53 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

"Hello? Do you have a book by J.R.R. Tolkein? It's called "The Hardest Book To Get Into Ever Written..."
"My name? It's J.R.R. Tolkein." Yell.com. It's not just there for the nasty things in life, like blocked drains, leaky roof tops and the most arduous opening of litererary trilogies ever conceived of by humankind. More

Posted by keyzersaulsie at 12:38 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Let's hope Bilbo turns his frown upside down this time around...
... my God Frodo couldn't half moan. More

Posted by keyzersaulsie at 12:36 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

theres four of them...not a "trio" Olly can't count in his excitment More

Posted by richCie at 11:31 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: just curious.......
I heard the book is out already. I mean c'mon! Imagine releasing a book based on a film that isnt even out yet. Have they no shame? More

Posted by Spaldron at 10:58 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Re just curious
If you read the article you will see her name placed neatly after jacksons. More

Posted by mudskins at 10:54 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: just curious.......
L: Olly Richards L: tango fett obviously this is all good news but is fran walsh jacksons other half not writting these projects with everyone else as well? could've sworn i heard she was. if she is and empire isn't giving her the credit then that a bit harsh. or could just be a mistake from the empire team or i could've been misinformed. who knows? alsh is involved. Accidentally left her off the original story – through no dislike for Walsh, only due to writing things early and More

Posted by Felix at 10:40 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: just curious.......
No problem with The Hobbit, it would always have been the easiest Tolken book to adapt – with its fairly simple, linier story arc. And Del Toro is an excellent directorial choice. But why-oh-why are they making TWO movies? And just making one completely up, at that. Its bound to be about Gandelf and his taking out of Sauron in Mirkwood (cool enough idea), but if they have the cheek to shoehorn Bilbo into that I'll spew. And Ian Holm HAS to play Bilbo. The whole point is that he More

Posted by rupert303 at 10:18 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: just curious.......
L: tango fett obviously this is all good news but is fran walsh jacksons other half not writting these projects with everyone else as well? could've sworn i heard she was. if she is and empire isn't giving her the credit then that a bit harsh. or could just be a mistake from the empire team or i could've been misinformed. who knows? alsh is involved. Accidentally left her off the original story – through no dislike for Walsh, only due to writing things early and being bleary-eyed – b More

Posted by Olly Richards at 10:03 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Let the DVD extra filming commense... More

Posted by Greg Andrew at 10:00 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Let the DVD extra filming commense... More

Posted by Greg Andrew at 09:20 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Is that a Before & After pic?
Is that a Before & After pic? More

Posted by nicky1975 at 09:03 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Jonny Z
I'm looking forward to this - I loved the trilogy and Del Toro is a visionary genius. What worries me is the thought of Jackson & Boyens penning a sequel. They were fantastic at bringing Tolkien's world to life, but they had strange moments of insanity when trying to dabble with the story. Remember how they wanted Arwen to fight at Helms Deep? Even worse, they wanted Aragorn to duel it out with Sauron in a big bout of fisticuffs outside the black gate. They changed this at the end to him More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 09:02 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

just curious.......
obviously this is all good news but is fran walsh jacksons other half not writting these projects with everyone else as well? could've sworn i heard she was. if she is and empire isn't giving her the credit then that a bit harsh. or could just be a mistake from the empire team or i could've been misinformed. who knows? More

Posted by tango fett at 09:01 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Dont be hasty!
Scripts finished by mid-2009 to shoot in Autumn 2009?? That doesn't leave a lot of time for pre-production.... Considering how much love and hardwork (and years!) went into creating the masterpiece that was LOTR, I really hope this isn't rushed through to meet the 2010 release date. I'd much rather they take and extra year to get it all right! More

Posted by nclowe at 08:46 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Invented events....hmmm....
as opposed to factual events? Jokes aside, this could be the problem....who's going to take on this menacing and daunting task of writing the follow up to The Hobbit? The late, great Robert Jordan would of been pretty sweet. More

Posted by charltni at 08:00 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Yippee! More

Posted by morg1138 at 07:41 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post


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