Originally Posted by FireangelOne;3107778;
Works for me! :up
Originally Posted by FireangelOne;3107778;
Works for me! :up
I don't know. I mean, I've read The Silmarillion, but I can't imagine very much of it would mesh well with The Hobbit. After all, it reads more like a book of mythology and not like a novel at all. I can imagine them using some of the material from the books that cover events that happened after The Hobbit, but not the stuff from The Silmarillion except in a very minor way. I love Tolkein, but The Silmarillion was tough. Some of the tales of Middle Earth that were cobbled together after Tolkein's death might work better.
I'd hate to see PJ just stretch things out and make a tourism video for New Zealand, just to get two movies out of the deal. I'd rather have one really good, tight film than two movies that feel bloated and overlong. That being said, I'm confident he won't do that, especially since the material in The Hobbit is so rich and the material that covers the period between the end of that story and the beginning of the trilogy is pretty copious.
Good choices on keeping Peter and getting Guillermo Del Toro
What I meant is that they might take a lot of material from the Silmarillon and incorporate it throughout the films... fleshing them out, so to speak.Quote:
Originally Posted by Critical;3111870;
Wow... y'all realize that once they put out the extended special editions of both Hobbit Films you could actually OD on LotR? 15+ hours of film will veg-out a T-Rex! :rofl
Ian McKellen just announced on his blog that he starts shooting on the first movie in July. And so it begins! :yay
McKellen Says The Hobbit Starts In July
Well, this is bad news. :mmm I can't imagine that this won't set back production even more than the problems with MGM have. Maybe Peter Jackson will realize that he's the one who should direct after all.
Del Toro Won't Direct The HobbitQuote:
Del Toro Won't Direct The Hobbit
Sad news from Middle-Earth (or New Zealand, as they still insist on calling it): Guillermo del Toro will no longer direct The Hobbit.
The Mexican director, who has been in heavy development and prep for the Lord of the Rings prequel for the past couple of years, announced the news in a joint statement with producer Peter Jackson via TheOneRing.net just a short while ago.
“In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming “The Hobbit,” I am faced with the hardest decision of my life”, says del Toro. “After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures. I remain grateful to Peter, Fran and Philippa Boyens, New Line and Warner Brothers and to all my crew in New Zealand. I’ve been privileged to work in one of the greatest countries on earth with some of the best people ever in our craft and my life will be forever changed. The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wish the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director”.
Jackson adds: We feel very sad to see Guillermo leave the Hobbit, but he has kept us fully in the loop and we understand how the protracted development time on these two films, due to reasons beyond anyone’s control – has compromised his commitment to other long term projects. The bottom line is that Guillermo just didn’t feel he could commit six years to living in New Zealand, exclusively making these films, when his original commitment was for three years. Guillermo is one of the most remarkable creative spirits I’ve ever encountered and it has been a complete joy working with him. Guillermo’s strong vision is engrained into the scripts and designs of these two films, which are extremely fortunate to be blessed with his creative DNA”.
The Hobbit seemed to be the big-budget blockbuster del Toro was born to make but, as filming of the two-movie saga kept being pushed back because of the MGM ownership battle (which has effectively placed The Hobbit and Bond 23 in limbo), it became clear that something would have to give on del Toro’s packed dance-card; a card that’s already bulging with movies post-Hobbit, the continuation of his novel series, The Strain, with Chuck Hogan, and the development of his own label, Disney Double Dare You.
And, while we're sure that it was a hard Hobbit to break, in the long run it may be the best move for him. He’ll still be involved with the movies – he’ll continue to co-write the screenplays with Jackson, Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyens, while his design input will be vital – but this will allow him the time and opportunity to make movies that might be more personal.
So now the search for a new director begins. With, in theory, just a few months until filming begins on the first Hobbit film, will Jackson step into the breach? Will Sam Raimi, who was vying with del Toro for the gig in the first place, ditch the Warcraft movie to play with some real Orcs? Or will someone new come into the reckoning?
Whatever happens, we’re confident that The Hobbit will make it to the big screen, although we wouldn’t be surprised if the release dates got pushed back a bit. It’s just a shame that del Toro – the greatest purveyor of twisted fantasy working in movies today – won’t get a chance to work his dark magic on Middle-Earth.
I'm bummed about this. I am a huge fan of del Toro and I think he would have done a fantastic job with this film!Quote:
Originally Posted by Critical;3918823;
I'm a fan of del Toro too, but I'd rather have Peter Jackson directing and I may get my wish!Quote:
Originally Posted by ClosetRTWatcher;3919997;
PETER JACKSON MAY YET DIRECT “THE HOBBIT” | Studio BriefingQuote:
PETER JACKSON MAY YET DIRECT “THE HOBBIT”
June 1, 2010
It now appears that Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson could wind up directing the two-part Rings prequel, The Hobbit, after all. Following the decision by director Guillermo del Toro to walk away from the production because of the delays brought about by the protracted sale of MGM, which owns the rights to the The Hobbit and is coproducing the movie with Warner Bros., Jackson’s manager said that prior commitments to other studios would prevent Jackson from directing The Hobbit. But Jackson told New Zealand’s The Dominion Post today (Tuesday), “If that’s what I have to do to protect Warner Bros’ investment, then obviously that’s one angle which I’ll explore.” And it did appear that it was unlikely that another top director could be brought on board until after the sale of MGM is completed — whenever that may be. And even Jackson himself might find himself involved in making another film by that time. “The other studios may not let me out of the contracts,” he told the Dominion Post. “The key thing is that we don’t intend to shut the project down,” he added. Meanwhile, Del Toro told the New Zealand newspaper that he had moved his family to Wellington two years ago to work on the script and the development of the movie and noted that he had dreamed of turning The Hobbit into a movie from the time he was a child. “So it was very personal to me,” he said. “I know [the delays have] been very frustrating for everybody.”
Really good news here. The Hobbit has finally gotten the green light and with Peter Jackson in the director's chair.
Troubled 'Hobbit' gets its green light
And if you read the above there's a link to a really cute video...The Hobbit in under two minutes! :)Quote:
Originally Posted by Florimel;4084787;