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The Hobbit Becoming A Reality?
MGM may be close to announcing it

11 September 2006  |  Written by   |  Source: Variety

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Long-winded business articles in the trade magazines often contain some nuggets of interesting info, and a piece on MGM in Variety has revealed exactly that.

Variety reports that MGM is gearing back up into the big-film distribution business and is apparently on the verge of announcing some hefty titles.

How hefty you ask? How about The Hobbit? MGM chief Harry Sloan is on record stating that he hopes the company can lure Peter Jackson back to direct one or possibly two films based on the book. Which sounds dandy – Jackson has said he’d love to do it in the past, but does this mean the rights issues are now cleared up? We’re not so sure. MGM apparently plans a co-production with New Line, but we’re filing this one strictly under “believe it when it’s in cinemas”.

Also mentioned are slightly more likely films – the fourth Terminator outing, which we know is travelling naked through development time – and a sequel to The Thomas Crown Affair, which has previously been announced (The Topkapi Affair).

But we know that what you're all really excited about is the previously reported Pink Panther sequel. No, put those fists down - some of you must have gone to see it, so you only have yourselves to blame.

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hobbit no
LOTR WAS TO LONG not long enough. no more of the same please ,no to the hobbit More

Posted by phillo at 18:08 on 01 October 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Come on Hobbit
Look at the current subject title: i]on Hobbit   *giggles uncontrollably like a schoolgirl* More

Posted by dh_19 at 19:48 on 21 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Come on Hobbit
lowing from AICN:   QUINT: I saw in Variety that THE HOBBIT came up. The MGM thing. Did you see this? PETER JACKSON: Where the guy who runs MGM was announcing their tentpoles and saying they were doing TERMINATOR 4 and they want me to make 2 HOBBIT films? I was reading that this morning on the net. It's a rather strange thing to wake to. I'm up for it, but somebody should phone me because I'm getting a bit booked out at the moment! Everybody asks me about THE HO More

Posted by Cuchulainn at 17:59 on 21 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Come on Hobbit
if its Peter doing it im on it!! More

Posted by fantasy89 at 18:11 on 17 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Come on Hobbit
Whilst the Lord of The Rings films are great and Peter Jackson bringing them to life wonderfully I kinda would like to see someone elses interpretation of Middle Earth. I mean for the most part The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit are totally different stories with only minor connections, so yeah I think someone else should get a go no disrespect to PJ More

Posted by Daniel Kelly at 17:50 on 17 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Come on Hobbit
Sounds interesting... More

Posted by DJ Rob C: Mark II! at 15:15 on 17 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Come on Hobbit
I hope he makes The Hobbit. They have to. I really want to see Smaug on the big screen. More

Posted by AgentGoth at 15:05 on 17 September 2006 | Report This Post

Come on Hobbit
I fr one cannot wait, I have been suffering with anticipation since the lord of the rings came to an end! I will say this if Peter Jackson is not involved with the direction of the movie, I dont think that it will be the same. He has such an understanding of these stories!! More

Posted by bigman at 03:07 on 15 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Listen to me ye people
theyve had the go ahead for hobbit nsince fellowship and yes im possitive it will be worth the wait   More

Posted by miss_phoenix at 09:06 on 14 September 2006 | Report This Post

Hobbit and possibly another title?
The hobbit will be a very cool film indeed, I don't think peter can make a lucas of himself making the hobbit, as he prooved everyone wrong by making a film that was deemed unfilmable. If you want my two cents I feel that other possible project for them to do would be the fall of numenor and the first war of the ring, this would fit quite snuggly in the lord of the rings film universe, as we only glimpsed at 45 seconds worth of war that took 10 years to overcome, fingers crossed, i feel we could More

Posted by Rogal at 19:23 on 13 September 2006 | Report This Post

Never going to Happen
People are going to be talking about the Hobbit for years! but I think Jackson will need to have LOTR: The Special Edition In the cinemas before jumping on the prequal band wagon. I would love to see the hobbit made into a film, but in the end it's just going to be The Phantom Menace all over again (To quote Mr. Lucas) More

Posted by billkiller at 17:09 on 13 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Only ourselves to blame for The Pink Panther?
i think the split between pj and shore was a fairly amicable one,they just werent seeing eye to eye on what king kong was,i would ove for shore to do the hobbit though,LOTR is ight up there with star wars as having the best music ever,bring back ian holm,mckellan is a certainty they might as well not make it at all if someone else plays gandalf,could be as big as LOTR if they market it right and it has the right tone More

Posted by krudler at 02:19 on 13 September 2006 | Report This Post

Only ourselves to blame for The Pink Panther?
Only in the sense that the Jews must have in some way incurred the wrath of the Nazis. For shame, Empire. For shame. More

Posted by FerrisBueller at 10:40 on 12 September 2006 | Report This Post

Could it be?
I agree with Mycroft, Ian Holm must play Bilbo again. I'm thinking Brian Blessed would play a great Dwarf - Jack Black as Bifur? More

Posted by Grover at 21:54 on 11 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Listen to me ye people
L: Darth Lex Hobbit would do nice, but Silmarillion is thousand times cooler. sp; Silmarillion could be a big budget tv series.  Alot of tv series are better than most of the crap coming out on cinema release these days. More

Posted by Ryan_D_Bell at 20:06 on 11 September 2006 | Report This Post

The Hobbit in grand jackson style, yes. the other texts will probably never be adapted unless DTV quality, which isn't a terrible idea (if even possible). More

Posted by Chaos Engine at 17:45 on 11 September 2006 | Report This Post

Well that sounds that very neat: MGM willing to co-operate with NL for the sake of a great film. Hopefully PJ can make Lovely Bones and direct this one for Christmas 2009. More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 16:43 on 11 September 2006 | Report This Post

If it has Ian Holm I'm there More

Posted by Mycroft at 16:29 on 11 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Listen to me ye people
I would love to see The Hobbit made into a film. Peter Jackson is the only man for that. I'd be willing to wait but must admit the very idea has got me quite exicted. More

Posted by Lazy wolf eyes at 16:13 on 11 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Listen to me ye people
Great news, hope it happens soon.   L: Darth Lex Hobbit would do nice, but Silmarillion is thousand times cooler. sp; The Silmarillion would be some film, wonder how long it would have to be.   I also think Aragorns back story from The Appendices would be a great film. More

Posted by silverado at 15:55 on 11 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: The Hobbit Becoming A Reality?
the Hobbit movie may have a few complications to sort out before the light can go green. I'm not talking about all the bureaucratic/Red tape bullshit between MGM and New Line. The first problem I see what demographic are the producers intending to aim the film at? The book is, essentially, a book for a younger audience than LOTR so do they catrer for the under 12 demographic (ala Harry Potter) and run the risk of pissing off the millions of fans who made LOTR the phenomenon More

Posted by Jesse Custer at 15:45 on 11 September 2006 | Report This Post

PJ shud do this instead of remaking the dam busters! But how can they mak two films out of it? The book isnt that long! Any way, it'll be intresting, if they do it, to see how they make a talking dragon not just look stupid! Maybe someone else o play bilbo or do the CGI tomfoolery they used in X3? And why the fuck are they doing another terminator? Unless they can actually make this one with james cameron and not repeat the utter tripeness that was T3 More

Posted by clarkkent at 13:56 on 11 September 2006 | Report This Post

Ah, Lovely Ian McKellan!
To see the master thesp bringing Gandalf The Grey's twinkling eyes back to the silver, something I would love to see again. He was magnificently cast in the LOTR. More

Posted by El-Branden Brazil at 12:16 on 11 September 2006 | Report This Post

Listen to me ye people
Hobbit would do nice, but Silmarillion is thousand times cooler. More

Posted by Darth Lex at 11:55 on 11 September 2006 | Report This Post

"I want to see Mountains again Gandalf!" reported news of New Line studios having the Hobbit slated for a start of filming in mid 2007 with an expected release of christmas 2008. We'll see. hope it happens. hope that Peter can lure back Howard shore to do the music score, after their unfortunate split over the King Kong score(bet you that turns up on cd one day like Alex North's score for 2001 a space odyssey) Hope also that all the prominent cast memebers who feature in the Lord of the rings can be brought back for the hobbit More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 10:27 on 11 September 2006 | Report This Post

Weta and LOTR script gods yes, PJ needs a rest
Weta and LOTR script gods yes, PJ needs a rest. Producer perhaps. Can Ian Holm with selotaped back face pull off a Hobbit movie? Maybe CGI'd youngness-that's a decent feather in an effects cap. X-3 didn't quite pull it off. Would be nice to see Gandalf the Grey back - The White was a bit uppity. More

Posted by Ryan_D_Bell at 10:21 on 11 September 2006 | Report This Post

Bring it on PJ
FIRST!!! Whoops, wrong site. More

Posted by TheGreatEye at 09:54 on 11 September 2006 | Report This Post

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