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Guillermo del Toro himself gives the skinny on where The Hobbit currently stands

05.28.2010
ComingSoon just got a hold of a few good nuggets of information and confirmation straight from director Guillermo del Toro regarding THE HOBBIT. Del Toro, while speaking at a press conference for SPLICE (which he produced), had the following to say:

- "It's not greenlit," said del Toro, "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."

- While it could always be a possibility, 3D has apparently been discussed "literally once" and it's not being planned at this time. The film's currently been budgeted without 3D in mind.

- ComingSoon says, "Admitting no predictable timeline for a start date, del Toro theorized one possible outcome that would see MGM sharing or selling off the rights. Nevertheless, he feels confident that the film will move forward as soon as a decision is made." Del Toro added, "We have designed all the creatures," he 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."

So there you have it, folks. The next time I or anyone else claims there's a new start date or a new release date or that Brian Cox will be playing one of the dwarves (seriously, how awesome would that be?)... just ignore them. Until the crap with MGM gets resolved, it's all moot. But at least it's good to know that they're apparently ready to get the ball rolling as soon as it becomes possible.
Extra Tidbit: F*ck 3D!
Source: ComingSoon

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8:44PM on 05/30/2010
He's not directing anymore.

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He's not directing anymore.

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11:40AM on 05/30/2010

HELLBOY 3!

I know everyone has already said it but another time can't hurt. It has to be done soon whilst Ron Perlman isn't too old to do it.
I know everyone has already said it but another time can't hurt. It has to be done soon whilst Ron Perlman isn't too old to do it.
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10:37AM on 05/30/2010
It is a shame since he's my favorite director, he should either direct HB 3 like others have said, or just got straight to At the Mountains of Madness!!! Or Frankenstein!! :) Please Del Toro, don't let there be a 5 year period where you direct nothing... that would SUCK
It is a shame since he's my favorite director, he should either direct HB 3 like others have said, or just got straight to At the Mountains of Madness!!! Or Frankenstein!! :) Please Del Toro, don't let there be a 5 year period where you direct nothing... that would SUCK
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1:37AM on 05/30/2010

love the tidbit!

Hell yeah.. F*CK 3D!!!
Hell yeah.. F*CK 3D!!!
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4:47PM on 05/29/2010
Guillermo del Toro should can this project and just direct one of his own great original film idea.
Guillermo del Toro should can this project and just direct one of his own great original film idea.
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1:04PM on 05/29/2010
Really Del Toro? Are you very, very prepared? As far as I know, the main character hasn't been cast yet (along with alot of other characters). Unless its been kept very secret. But you are still awesome and I hope this movie gets made ASAP.
Really Del Toro? Are you very, very prepared? As far as I know, the main character hasn't been cast yet (along with alot of other characters). Unless its been kept very secret. But you are still awesome and I hope this movie gets made ASAP.
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5:58PM on 05/29/2010
He mean't prepared like they've got their script storyboard's and character designs ready the movie is prepped time to cast and shoot.
He mean't prepared like they've got their script storyboard's and character designs ready the movie is prepped time to cast and shoot.
10:09AM on 05/29/2010

ARRGH!

For the love of Pete, will MGM get its shit together?! Hows about Warner buying the rights from MGM for a healthy chunk of change? MGM could use the money apparently. This movie should've already been under way. Disappointed and pissed off...that pretty much sums it up!
For the love of Pete, will MGM get its shit together?! Hows about Warner buying the rights from MGM for a healthy chunk of change? MGM could use the money apparently. This movie should've already been under way. Disappointed and pissed off...that pretty much sums it up!
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9:12AM on 05/29/2010
Fucking MGM
Fucking MGM
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8:23AM on 05/29/2010
Now that The Hobbit is on hold for now how about Hellboy 3 to start filming.
Now that The Hobbit is on hold for now how about Hellboy 3 to start filming.
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8:11AM on 05/29/2010

C'MON MGM!

Get your shit together already!
Get your shit together already!
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9:18PM on 05/28/2010
It will get made, and it will be very profitable. but all these cursed delays are not good for ageing wizards.
It will get made, and it will be very profitable. but all these cursed delays are not good for ageing wizards.
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9:15PM on 05/28/2010
Shit's getting ridiculous. It's amazing that this movie isn't being made yet and since McAvoy signed up for the new X-Men movie, I guess he is out as Bilbo Baggins. Sucks, he would have been great. And like you Nite Owl, I really really want Hellboy 3. Hellboy 2 was amazing and very underrated.
Shit's getting ridiculous. It's amazing that this movie isn't being made yet and since McAvoy signed up for the new X-Men movie, I guess he is out as Bilbo Baggins. Sucks, he would have been great. And like you Nite Owl, I really really want Hellboy 3. Hellboy 2 was amazing and very underrated.
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8:30PM on 05/28/2010

I WANT HELLBOY 3 DAMMIT

Del Toro should just start production on HB3 and see if the right's issue's are resolved when he finish's it. I hate how this movie is holding one of my favorite Directors hostage for so long.
Del Toro should just start production on HB3 and see if the right's issue's are resolved when he finish's it. I hate how this movie is holding one of my favorite Directors hostage for so long.
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8:22PM on 05/28/2010
why do i get a horrible sinking feeling in the back of my mind that says this movie isn't gonna get made? And it only grows with every article of the movie at a stand still
why do i get a horrible sinking feeling in the back of my mind that says this movie isn't gonna get made? And it only grows with every article of the movie at a stand still
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8:15PM on 05/28/2010
Dammit, I wonder if this will ever come out now. I wish I had 3.5 Billion dollars. I'd say Oi!! MGM get yourselves sorted and if there's any change get yourself something nice. Hurry up, I want Hobbit & Bond!!!!!
Dammit, I wonder if this will ever come out now. I wish I had 3.5 Billion dollars. I'd say Oi!! MGM get yourselves sorted and if there's any change get yourself something nice. Hurry up, I want Hobbit & Bond!!!!!
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9:06PM on 05/28/2010
I would also like to see the Hobbit but I think Peter Jackson should Direct 1. for continuity with the rest of the series, and 2. Del Toro is to talented to sit on the sidelines waiting for shit to get settled.
I would also like to see the Hobbit but I think Peter Jackson should Direct 1. for continuity with the rest of the series, and 2. Del Toro is to talented to sit on the sidelines waiting for shit to get settled.
11:11AM on 05/29/2010
I agree, Jackson should direct, this is his world that he created (for the movies not the books obviously) however Del Toro will do a great job, he is the only other Director who could do a good job. I remember they discussed Sam Raimi, that would've been the worst idea in history because he's utter shit!
I agree, Jackson should direct, this is his world that he created (for the movies not the books obviously) however Del Toro will do a great job, he is the only other Director who could do a good job. I remember they discussed Sam Raimi, that would've been the worst idea in history because he's utter shit!
12:50AM on 05/30/2010
Oh I have no doubt that Del Toro will deliver a fantastic movie but I just hate how long it's taking. Del Toro had so many great projects set up that he put on hold to direct The Hobbit which will take a couple year's to finish anyway and now they keep delaying the start it just suck's to see a great talent goin to waste when he could be working on something else in the meantime.
Oh I have no doubt that Del Toro will deliver a fantastic movie but I just hate how long it's taking. Del Toro had so many great projects set up that he put on hold to direct The Hobbit which will take a couple year's to finish anyway and now they keep delaying the start it just suck's to see a great talent goin to waste when he could be working on something else in the meantime.
12:53AM on 05/30/2010
Yeah although he said in an interview with Empire that Hellboy 3 will never happen, he said Ron will be too old to put on the make up an wouldn't want to.
Yeah although he said in an interview with Empire that Hellboy 3 will never happen, he said Ron will be too old to put on the make up an wouldn't want to.
4:42AM on 05/30/2010
Maybe not, But he was also planning a DEADMAN movie for DC and a Dr. STRANGE movie with MARVEL before he got The Hobbit. Also a TARZAN REMAKE which could of been cool.
Maybe not, But he was also planning a DEADMAN movie for DC and a Dr. STRANGE movie with MARVEL before he got The Hobbit. Also a TARZAN REMAKE which could of been cool.
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8:03PM on 05/28/2010

Yes

The more they're prepered the best the movie will be ! That's still positive news !
The more they're prepered the best the movie will be ! That's still positive news !
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