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The Hobbit Is Go!
Peter Jackson directing the two films...

16 October 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Wrap

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We’ve waited and waited and waited… And now it has finally happened. Yes, the Videblogisodes are back back ba…. Sorry, What? Oh, no, we’re being told that’s not the news. Actually, the big news today was that two separate sources confirmed that The Hobbit has finally nabbed that all-important greenlight, and the two films are set to start shooting concurrently in February next year. And Peter Jackson has, according to the New York Times, signed his deal to direct, in addition to writing and producing the two films.

“Exploring Tolkien’s Middle-earth goes way beyond a normal film-making experience” Jackson said in a statement. "It’s an all-immersive journey into a very special place of imagination, beauty and drama. We’re looking forward to re-entering this wondrous world with Gandalf and Bilbo - and our friends at New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers and MGM”.

“There is no human being on the planet as qualified as Peter Jackson to direct these films,” concludes Warners’ Alan Horn. “Peter is incredibly talented and has the creative vision and experience to bring this beloved property to life in a way that no other filmmaker could. And the team of Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens has proven through their work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy that no one is more skilled at transforming Tolkien's written words into a vibrant, living language that makes the audience believe they are not merely visiting Middle-earth, but actually living in it. We couldn’t be more thrilled and look forward to seeing The Hobbit take shape under Peter’s stewardship and the team he is putting together.”

But there is one small snag still sitting like Gollum, waiting to trip the production up – where to shoot. The union issues have yet to be resolved, and if they keep going, Warners and New Line will need to relocate the shoot somewhere else in the world, which will mean a budget recalculation. But wherever they’re shot, both films will indeed be in 3D, utilising the latest technology. Surprised? Us neither.

While no official casting announcements have been made, we know at least that Ian McKellen is waiting in the wings to play Gandalf and with casting having already kicked into high gear, we doubt it’ll be too long before Jackson is announcing who he’s picked to play Bilbo Baggins…


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RE: Why two films?
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Posted by karlos1974 at 16:56 on 19 October 2010 | Report This Post

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L: qinni31 TF!?!   Edit - seriously - at what point did it seem a good idea to copy a post full of malware links? More

Posted by Spaldron at 18:21 on 18 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Why two films?
L: Spaldron L: ryecatcher Why is he making two films, the Hobbit is a short book that can easily be made in one film. No doubt he will make his own story up like he did with the last 3 films, especially the second one, which had so much shit added it was nothing to do with the book. These are two films I'm really not looking forward too. Peter Jackson and books dont mix, look at the Lovely Bones, he fucked that up to. In my opinion the second film is by far the best. The More

Posted by pete_traynor at 11:26 on 18 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Great News
Good news, I will always wonder how a Del Toro version would have looked though! Having read the book I can see how it can easily cover two films. In my opinion the story isn't as strong as LOTR but will still make great viewing. More

Posted by MarcE at 10:45 on 17 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Why two films?
With you on that one Spaldron. Jackson did something previously though impossible - turning the three books into three watchable films. I've no doubt that he'll dig much more out of the fuller texts that just the Hobbit book to fill out some background and context to the characters....not to mention that it'll be a nice money spinner to carve the book into two films. They are doing it with Potter, which shows an alarming trend - they'll probably start doing it with other books soon More

Posted by Dashbo at 20:11 on 16 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Why two films?
L: ryecatcher Why is he making two films, the Hobbit is a short book that can easily be made in one film. No doubt he will make his own story up like he did with the last 3 films, especially the second one, which had so much shit added it was nothing to do with the book. These are two films I'm really not looking forward too. Peter Jackson and books dont mix, look at the Lovely Bones, he fucked that up to. In my opinion the second film is by far the best. The fact they had to m More

Posted by Spaldron at 18:34 on 16 October 2010 | Report This Post

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Posted by kumar at 15:38 on 16 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: The Hobbit Is Go!
Fantastic news. Peter Jackson is the only guy who should adapt Tolkien's stories, he brought the Trilogy to life perfectly. Concerning the second film, I heard Jackson doesn't have the rights to the other books. He needs to research the 12 volumes of The History of Middle Earth if he is to make a film on what happened after The Hobbit, but how can he achieve this if the Tolkien estate isn't granting him permission? More

Posted by paul.mccluskey at 15:22 on 16 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Why 2 films....?
I'll watch it, but making the story span over 2 films is taking a liberty. More

Posted by hatebox at 13:42 on 16 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: The Hobbit Is Go!
L: Jasper_29 "No director as qualified as Peter Jackson..." Did they see King Kong and The Lovely Bones? id you see LotR? The best director qualified to direct more Terminator films is James Cameron. Oh wait....he made Titanic and Avatar, looks like he isn't best qualified after all. More

Posted by Tootled at 13:04 on 16 October 2010 | Report This Post

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never mind. More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 11:17 on 16 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Why two films?
L: ryecatcher Why is he making two films, the Hobbit is a short book that can easily be made in one film. No doubt he will make his own story up like he did with the last 3 films, especially the second one, which had so much shit added it was nothing to do with the book. These are two films I'm really not looking forward too. Peter Jackson and books dont mix, look at the Lovely Bones, he fucked that up to. sp; Did you watch the same films as me? Yes he added some "shit" but the fil More

Posted by zombie mastermind at 10:26 on 16 October 2010 | Report This Post

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Posted by zombie mastermind at 10:24 on 16 October 2010 | Report This Post

Mr Jackson is the ideal man for the job
Thank goodness that Peter Jackson is going to be directing The Hobbit films. The very real chance of somebody else possibly screwing up the job looks to have been avoided and we can all rest easy in the knowledge that a couple of very special movies are coming up on the horizon. All that needs to happen now is for Mr Jackson to start thinking about filming The Silmarillion More

Posted by Francis46 at 09:00 on 16 October 2010 | Report This Post

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