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Here's your Hobbit update from Peter Jackson

04.16.2010

A project like THE HOBBIT takes a while, so it's nice to get little updates here and there.

Peter Jackson spoke to Moviefone about what was going on with the film at this point. The first thing that he gets sorted out is if filming has been delayed, to which Jackson says, "Well, it's not really been delayed, because we've never announced the date. I mean it's sort of interesting because the studio [MGM] has never greenlit 'The Hobbit,' so therefore 'The Hobbit' has never been officially announced as a "go" project, nor have we ever announced a date. But there's so much interest that people -- newspapers and magazines, of their own account, say, ah, it's likely to film in May, it's likely to film in June, it's likely to film in September. People make this stuff up. And then if it's not filming in June, you get a story saying, "'The Hobbit's' been delayed." But it's never actually been announced."

So when are they shooting? Also, where are they at on the script? "We've just delivered the script. Literally last week, we delivered the second of the two screenplays -- the first draft. So the studio's got both scripts now, which is a milestone; and if anything was holding it up, it was us doing the screenplays, because we'd just been writing as fast as we can, but it took us this long to get them finished. So we take whatever responsibility there is for the speed. And we're now in the process of budgeting the films, and then hopefully we'll get to a budget the studio [people] are happy with, and they'll greenlight the movies and we'll announce the shooting dates. I'd be pretty optimistic that we'll be shooting before the end of the year. I would imagine October, November, we'd be shooting by. I'm not announcing it, though."

An issue that might be very important to fans is the casting of Bilbo Baggins. Jackson says that no actors have signed up yet, but when the project is greenlit they hope to make casting announcements. We've heard a million different rumors on who is going to take Bilbo from James McAvoy to Tobey Maguire, and even talks of previous actors from LORD OF THE RINGS stepping in. Jackson said, "No, there's no definite ... I mean, any character that's returning from 'The Lord of the Rings,' we obviously would love the same actors to play. But even those actors haven't been approached yet, or there [haven't] been any deals done. And the studio wouldn't organically do any of that until they've greenlit the film.

Extra Tidbit: Jackson allegedly offered $150,000 to Ain't It Cool webmaster Harry Knowles for his King Kong (1933) original poster.
Source: Moviefone

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9:52AM on 04/20/2010

YES, NO RUSH

@johnelitist, you are right on. No rush, make it another masterpiece.

By the way, I don't know if any actor has been more perfect for a role than James McAvoy for Bilbo. Please make it happen!!! I'd end myself if it was Tobey.
@johnelitist, you are right on. No rush, make it another masterpiece.

By the way, I don't know if any actor has been more perfect for a role than James McAvoy for Bilbo. Please make it happen!!! I'd end myself if it was Tobey.
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10:04AM on 04/19/2010

TAKE YOUR TIME!!! GET IT RIGHT!!!

That is all.
That is all.
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6:27PM on 04/18/2010

Hobbit is kid friendly

Just finished re-reading it yesterday. Plenty of serious material to choose from, but much more kid-friendly than LOTR.

My primary bitch is that the logic in The Hobbit is screwy at a few places, and I'd actually like to see that fixed in the script.

Examples:

1) Burglary? Really? And nobody thought to question this tactic until you GOT to the mountain?

2) Let's all leave the forest path at the same time...yeah...I mean there's 14 of us...doesn't make any sense to stretch
Just finished re-reading it yesterday. Plenty of serious material to choose from, but much more kid-friendly than LOTR.

My primary bitch is that the logic in The Hobbit is screwy at a few places, and I'd actually like to see that fixed in the script.

Examples:

1) Burglary? Really? And nobody thought to question this tactic until you GOT to the mountain?

2) Let's all leave the forest path at the same time...yeah...I mean there's 14 of us...doesn't make any sense to stretch ourselves out, keeping each other in sight, over, say, the course of few hundred yards into the forest.

Just stuff like that. Made me think the dwarves were a bunch of morons.

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5:12AM on 04/17/2010
Wait, so you're complaining they are spending time on the script? Man, if it's one stage they SHOULD be spending time on, it's the script!
Wait, so you're complaining they are spending time on the script? Man, if it's one stage they SHOULD be spending time on, it's the script!
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10:22AM on 04/18/2010
He also said that they were writing it as fast as they could. That's okay for a first draft but there had better not be anyone cracking the whip on this. I don't care if it takes five more years, as long as it it's done right.
He also said that they were writing it as fast as they could. That's okay for a first draft but there had better not be anyone cracking the whip on this. I don't care if it takes five more years, as long as it it's done right.
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4:22AM on 04/17/2010

No.

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are books of very different styles. As you full well know, the Hobbit is a kids book, and it reads that way. It's a light hearted thing.

There should be a different style to it compared to LOTR. A different director is a good start.

If for some masochistic reason someone decides to make part of the Silmarilion, then again, different mood, different director.
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are books of very different styles. As you full well know, the Hobbit is a kids book, and it reads that way. It's a light hearted thing.

There should be a different style to it compared to LOTR. A different director is a good start.

If for some masochistic reason someone decides to make part of the Silmarilion, then again, different mood, different director.
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3:28PM on 04/17/2010
I never read the HOBBIT but if its light hearted and kid friendly Del Toro is probably not the right director because his creatures scare kids.
I never read the HOBBIT but if its light hearted and kid friendly Del Toro is probably not the right director because his creatures scare kids.
12:24AM on 04/18/2010
Its lighter, less epic. But Del Toro is perfect for the material. Its still wont be for kids, just like the trilogy.
Its lighter, less epic. But Del Toro is perfect for the material. Its still wont be for kids, just like the trilogy.
1:46AM on 04/17/2010
I agree with Nite Owl. I would prefer Jackson to direct to keep the feel and flow of the movies. Del Toro is the next best thing. While I can't wait to see The Hobbit, this is definitely taking longer than it should. Jackson makes it sound normal but come on, everyone knows movies don't take THIS long to get a greenlight anymore. I'm okay with them taking their time to deliver a solid result, but this just seems like dragging time for all the wrong reasons (or no reasons at all).
I agree with Nite Owl. I would prefer Jackson to direct to keep the feel and flow of the movies. Del Toro is the next best thing. While I can't wait to see The Hobbit, this is definitely taking longer than it should. Jackson makes it sound normal but come on, everyone knows movies don't take THIS long to get a greenlight anymore. I'm okay with them taking their time to deliver a solid result, but this just seems like dragging time for all the wrong reasons (or no reasons at all).
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11:45PM on 04/16/2010
Nah, better Jackson sharing efforts with Del Toro. Lotr was fine but could have been better. I would be a bit worried to see Del Toro tackling it alone, but the two of them together, and Weta bringing the magic, it should be spectacular.
Nah, better Jackson sharing efforts with Del Toro. Lotr was fine but could have been better. I would be a bit worried to see Del Toro tackling it alone, but the two of them together, and Weta bringing the magic, it should be spectacular.
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8:15PM on 04/16/2010

PETER JACKSON SHOULD DIRECT

To keep the LOTR series consistent also I really want Del Toro to make another HELLBOY and don't want to wait 6 yrs to see it in theatre's.
To keep the LOTR series consistent also I really want Del Toro to make another HELLBOY and don't want to wait 6 yrs to see it in theatre's.
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