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    Peter Jackson to make "The Hobbit"

    I'm excited about this; I loved the LOTR books, enjoyed the movies, and will definitely see this.


    Peter Jackson to produce 'The Hobbit'
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    "The Hobbit" a book J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to precede "Lord of the Rings"

    Peter Jackson helmed three "Rings" films; all huge successes

    Jackson, studio had squabbled after "Rings" success

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema have reached agreement to make J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," a planned prequel to the blockbuster trilogy "The Lord of the Rings."

    Jackson, who directed the "Rings" trilogy, will serve as executive producer for "The Hobbit." A director for the prequel films has yet to be named.

    Relations between Jackson and New Line had soured after "Rings," despite a collective worldwide box office gross of nearly $3 billion -- an enormous success. The two sides nevertheless were able to reconcile, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) splitting "The Hobbit" 50/50, spokemen for both studios said Tuesday.

    "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," Jackson said in a statement. "We are delighted to continue our journey through Middle Earth."

    Two "Hobbit" films are scheduled to be shot simultaneously, similar to how the three "Lord of the Rings" films were made. Production is set to begin in 2009 with a released planned for 2010, with the sequel scheduled for a 2011 release.

    New Line Cinema is owned by Time Warner. (Time Warner is the parent company of CNN.) Sony and Comcast are among the owners of MGM.

    Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.





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    Re: Peter Jackson to make "The Hobbit"

    I'm sure Mr. LG and I will see it too. Actually, I'm pretty sure he'll go see it with some of his buddies first, and then I'll see it at some later time, because The Hobbit just can't wait until we have a babysitter.
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    Re: Peter Jackson to make "The Hobbit"

    This makes me really happy. The Hobbit is my favorite books of this whole grouping. I'm glad Peter Jackson is part of it so they all have a similar feel as well. I will definitely be seeing this one.

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    The Hobbit was always one of my favorite books when I was a kid...got me into the whole fantasy/scifi thing. I'll definitely see this one, too.
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    Re: Peter Jackson to make "The Hobbit"

    I just saw this on Yahoo! News and actually gave a little "WooHOO!" I was so ticked off when New Line said he would not be directing The Hobbit and I wondered what director in his/her right mind would even attempt to take the project on after the huge success of the LOTR trilogy films.

    My mother first read The Hobbit to me when I was 7. I've read it once a year, almost every year since then. It's one of my very favorite books in the world. I know Peter Jackson will respect the book and give us two great movies. Now I begin the countdown until film 1 in 2010!

    ETA: I just noticed that Pete hadn't signed on to direct: just to produce. I wonder who he'll choose or if he won't be able to give up control of the films to anyone and will decide to direct them himself (I hope)
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    This is great news! Only Peter Jackson should make this film and I hope he does direct it.

    Newline Cinema has made some really bad decisions lately. It's my guess they realized the box office backlash "The Hobbit" movie would receive if helmed by anyone else. Not that it wouldn't be successful, but not nearly as successful as with Peter Jackson's name attached to the project.
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    Re: Peter Jackson to make "The Hobbit"

    ohh looks exciting, can't wait for it

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    I can't wait...This should be great!
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    The Hobbit

    So apparently the news broke yesterday that the director of Pans Labrynth Guillermo Del Toro, will be directing The Hobbit, not Peter Jackson.

    I'm not sure how I feel about that? But I *am* excited to see these books come to life. I adored TLOTR trilogy, but I don't know if that was sentimental or if I truly needed Peter Jackson's eye on things.
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    While I liked Pan's Labyrinth very much, I am disappointed in this choice. I think the wise move is to "go with the guy that got you there." I also think there will be a big backlash from LOTR fans who admire Peter Jackson's work.

    On the other hand, a lot will depend on the results. Bilbo's story is harder to tell. If the results are good, people will be forgiving and the furor will die down some. If the results are not so good, there will be longlasting damage.

    Either way I think most LOTR fans will choose to see the movie, but they will be very outspoken if they are disappointed.
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