Peter Jackson to Film The Hobbit (Finally!) ~ BitterSweetLife

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Peter Jackson to Film The Hobbit (Finally!)

Everyone who loved the Lord of the Rings film trilogy has been waiting to hear this news for several years:

Said Peter Jackson, “I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to put our differences behind us, so that we may begin a new chapter with our old friends at New Line. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ is a legacy we proudly share...and together, we share that legacy with millions of loyal fans all over the world. We are delighted to continue our journey through Middle Earth."

The two “Hobbit” films – “The Hobbit” and its sequel – are scheduled to be shot simultaneously, with pre-production beginning as soon as possible. Principal photography is tentatively set for a 2009 start, with the intention of “The Hobbit” release slated for 2010 and its sequel the following year, in 2011.

I can't say I'm excited about waiting three years to finally see young Bilbo Baggins, younger Gandalf, a bunch of dwarves and Bard the Lakeman take on Smaug the Dragon, but there's no doubt that Peter Jackson is the man for the job. I didn't see any mention of the WETA Workshop in the press release, but you have to assume they'll be back on the monster-making job.

Also interesting is that The Hobbit will be shot as a two-film saga. By that logic, the Lord of the Rings could have been filmed in six installments...I'm assuming Jackson will use the looser leash to take his time and tell Tolkien's story right, as opposed to inventing additional plot lines to fill out all that screen time.

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Tim Sheets said...

My favorite of Tolkien's!

I hope he sticks close to the story. Would love to see Beorn on the big screen.

T <><

Ariel said...

I momentarily forgot about Beorn, but I'm totally with you on that one! He's a great character. Also crucial to the ending in Tolkien's book. Hopefully he doesn't get axed like Tom Bombadil did in the LOTR movies.

In his favor is the fact that he changes into a bear. I could see Peter Jackson loving fact, now that I think about it, the bear aspect all but assures that Beorn will appear in The Hobbit movie. :)


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