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Del Toro Talks Hobbit Delay Again
MGM’s issues still at fault…

28 May 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Comingsoon

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At this rate, the story of how long Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro’s version of The Hobbit took to reach cinema screens will be considerably longer than JRR Tolkien’s book itself. In just the latest development, del Toro, answering questions at a press conference for Splice, admitted that despite recent stories, there is no official go-ahead or start date set for the film(s) yet.

"It's not greenlit," said del Toro, whose comments were picked up by Coming Soon. "That's categorical. We've been caught in a very tangled negotiation. There cannot be any start dates until the MGM situation gets resolved. They do hold a considerable portion of the rights." Which means that everyone involved in basically in limbo until the financial troubles are sorted or MGM sells the rights on.

Even though Jackson and del Toro have scripts in hand for the film, casting has been a slow, cautious process and while it’s likely they have locked in a good number of possible actors, no one will be able to commit to the thing until there’s a definite start date to schedule around.

At least they’ve had the time to get a lot of the creative work in the bag. "We have designed all the creatures," the director said. "We've designed the sets and the wardrobe. We have done animatics and planned battles sequences. We are very, very prepared for when it is finally triggered."

Finally, when asked about the chances of shooting the films in 3D, del Toro commented that there had been one discussion of the idea, and that the current budget had been figured out with no consideration for stereoscopic shooting. Bet that changes…


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Such a shame. Del Toro is such a talented director and, not being a LOTR/Hobbit fan, can't help but feel he's going to be tied up with these for the next five years which means we probably won't see anything else from him director-wise. More

Posted by UTB at 13:43 on 29 May 2010 | Report This Post

3D sucks!
Nuff said More

Posted by JimTheGreat at 23:24 on 28 May 2010 | Report This Post

Damn you, Hollywood!
When will you understand that people don't go to see a film because it's in 3D. As for The Hobbit, whenever I'm waiting for the kettle to boil I go and do something else. Jackson/Del Toro should try that. More

Posted by Lemure at 23:20 on 28 May 2010 | Report This Post

Avatar sucked hard but that wasn't because of the 3D, it was because the characters were shit and the "story" was worse. If they have a great script the 3-D will not enhance that, nor will it take from it. It'll just be....there. This is a project that's losing momentum...fast :) More

Posted by sephiroth7 at 21:17 on 28 May 2010 | Report This Post

3D?
I'm not really a fan of 3D but when done well I think it can enhance the storytelling. How To Train Your Dragon is the best 3D film I've seen so far. Avatar looked spectacular but what I remember most was the shite script and predictable plotline and that is why I hope I never see it again. But Jackson and Del Toro! That would be something! I trust them to give us something worth watching in 3D. I would expect to see wonderful visuals with great dialogue and amazing casting. The Hobbit is a perf More

Posted by jw08062005 at 17:41 on 28 May 2010 | Report This Post

no 3D
with del toro and jackson both still on board im sure the films will definately go ahead,but if one of them were to drop out because of all mgms troubles i can see the films in movie limbo,with the casting as long as they have mckellan and serkis in the main roles the films should be a winner. More

Posted by magnusdaz at 10:21 on 28 May 2010 | Report This Post

no 3D
with del toro and jackson both still on board im sure the films will definately go ahead,but if one of them were to drop out because of all mgms troubles i can see the films in movie limbo,with the casting as long as they have mckellan and serkis in the main roles the films should be a winner. More

Posted by magnusdaz at 10:20 on 28 May 2010 | Report This Post

Make the movie already!
Come on MGM! Stop crying over your rights to the film and get a start date in place. Think of all us LOTR fans just waiting for this film in the cinema and give us some consideration! Also, NO 3D for this film please. It doesnt need it. The story is too well known and too well loved to have to add 3D to increase its impact. MGM STOP IT AND SORT IT OUT! 3D? Get your coat and nick off!!!!! More

Posted by willy2fly at 09:33 on 28 May 2010 | Report This Post

RE: 3D please
No.... just... no. This film is above 3D More

Posted by jascott at 08:58 on 28 May 2010 | Report This Post

3D please
If done well (which I'm sure it would be) this should be amazing in 3D! I really hope they shoot the film in 3D and don't convert it later or something.. More

Posted by Pixaroholic at 06:58 on 28 May 2010 | Report This Post

I really hope they stick to their guns and keep it in go old fashion 2D. Id much rather they spent the money on making the film the best possible film it could be, rather then spending time and energy faffing with current money grabbing fad. More

Posted by nclowe at 06:17 on 28 May 2010 | Report This Post

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