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If The Hobbit doesn't get moving soon, Ian McKellen might walk

07.06.2010

This isn't really a surprise, but it is a pretty big kick in the ass for the studio to figure their shit out with THE HOBBIT. Having lost director Guillermo Del Toro, and no one stepping up to the plate yet, fans are getting antsy about the future of the film, and actually, so is the cast.

Ian McKellen talked to TVNewZealand’s Good Morning about the fate of the movie, first giving a brief teaser as to some upcoming announcement.

I’ve no news to give you, except that an announcement is imminent, and what it will be I genuinely don’t know. It’ll either be that we’re going ahead, or that we’re not.

Well that sounds…promising. But when pressed further about his involvement, McKellen says what many have been fearing, he might walk if the film doesn’t sort itself out soon.

Well, I’m not under contract. And my time is running out. I’m enjoying working in the theatre and, frankly, I would like to race after doing Waiting for Godot and get on with doing another play, but we’ll have to see. I don’t want to give the producers the impression that I’m sitting waiting.

He’s a busy man! And you can hardly expect him to keep his schedule clear for a film that seems to be taking three steps back for every one forward thus far.

If THE HOBBIT is shelved, I imagine it would be for a few years at the most, before the Hollywood idea machine runs out of juice and it needs another guaranteed blockbuster to serve up. And I think it’s a safe bet that McKellen would still be interested when that day comes, even if he jets now.

Extra Tidbit: Just do it Jackson, skip the "part II" if you have to.

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9:47PM on 07/08/2010
I have a feeling this movie won't come out until our grandchildren are born, lol. If Sir Ian McKellen isn't involved, then count me out.
I have a feeling this movie won't come out until our grandchildren are born, lol. If Sir Ian McKellen isn't involved, then count me out.
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8:03PM on 07/07/2010
Hope they get this figured out and it gets made.
Hope they get this figured out and it gets made.
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11:46AM on 07/07/2010

confused

Wasn't there a report on this website a couple weeks ago that Peter Jackson had agreed to direct or did I miss something since?
Wasn't there a report on this website a couple weeks ago that Peter Jackson had agreed to direct or did I miss something since?
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6:25AM on 07/07/2010
The Hobbit is doomed to be mediocre if it's experiencing this much troubles.
The Hobbit is doomed to be mediocre if it's experiencing this much troubles.
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3:52AM on 07/07/2010
This is just an obvious effort on the part of MGM to save money wherever they can. They probably figure if they delay the movie long enough they won't need to pay for any makeup for Ian McKellen. They'll just throw a robe on him and he'll be good to go.
This is just an obvious effort on the part of MGM to save money wherever they can. They probably figure if they delay the movie long enough they won't need to pay for any makeup for Ian McKellen. They'll just throw a robe on him and he'll be good to go.
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7:53PM on 07/06/2010
I never thought making it two films was a good idea anyway. I'd prefer they just do it as one long film.
I never thought making it two films was a good idea anyway. I'd prefer they just do it as one long film.
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7:22PM on 07/06/2010
just shelve it for now. Cast is getting antsy, they cant find a director. Just set it aside and come back to it in a few years. I dont blame Sir Ian one bit for threatening to walk and Gandald isnt Gandalf without him. ALthough for recasting wizards the guy who took over Richard Harris's spot as Dumbledore did a much better job.
just shelve it for now. Cast is getting antsy, they cant find a director. Just set it aside and come back to it in a few years. I dont blame Sir Ian one bit for threatening to walk and Gandald isnt Gandalf without him. ALthough for recasting wizards the guy who took over Richard Harris's spot as Dumbledore did a much better job.
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6:46PM on 07/06/2010

so?

Who really cares? All 4 of those books sucked and the hobbit was the worse one. The movies while they were WELL MADE, are just lame. They are child hood fantasy and kind of care bearish. The hobbit was even worse. They need to make movies from fantasy books like The Fire and Ice series or the malzan empire series.
Who really cares? All 4 of those books sucked and the hobbit was the worse one. The movies while they were WELL MADE, are just lame. They are child hood fantasy and kind of care bearish. The hobbit was even worse. They need to make movies from fantasy books like The Fire and Ice series or the malzan empire series.
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7:09AM on 07/07/2010
Sounds like Twilight would be right up your alley, Einstein.
Sounds like Twilight would be right up your alley, Einstein.
6:38PM on 07/06/2010

This sucks . . .

but I can' say I blame McKellen. If I was as busy as he is, and people were jerking me around like this I'd be tempted to walk. Sounds like it's in the threat stage, but hopefully this will shake things loose with Peter Jackson, MGM and Warner Bros.
but I can' say I blame McKellen. If I was as busy as he is, and people were jerking me around like this I'd be tempted to walk. Sounds like it's in the threat stage, but hopefully this will shake things loose with Peter Jackson, MGM and Warner Bros.
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6:33PM on 07/06/2010

Looking at that picture

John Hurt wouldn't be a bad replacement.
John Hurt wouldn't be a bad replacement.
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6:32PM on 07/06/2010

Time for a new Gandalf

McKellan doesn't seem that keen and a truckload of money won't change his mind. The man is 71 years old, he has already won more money than he can spend, and has no family to leave the money to. Now he just works on what he wants to work and wouldn't change that for extra cash.
McKellan doesn't seem that keen and a truckload of money won't change his mind. The man is 71 years old, he has already won more money than he can spend, and has no family to leave the money to. Now he just works on what he wants to work and wouldn't change that for extra cash.
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6:30PM on 07/06/2010
Get on with it already Peter Jackson!! What are you working on thats so important to let something like this go to Preproduction Hell. THE FRIGHTENERS 2?

Get on with it already Peter Jackson!! What are you working on thats so important to let something like this go to Preproduction Hell. THE FRIGHTENERS 2?

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5:29PM on 07/06/2010

Hobbit Hell...

MGM and Warner Bros. better be getting their heads out of their asses or they're going to let walk, one of the definitive reasons that made LOTR one of the greatest movie (series) of the last 40 years...Sir Ian McKellen. I can't believe that these folks are staring "Billions" in the face and can't get in gear.

This is absolutely mind boggling.
MGM and Warner Bros. better be getting their heads out of their asses or they're going to let walk, one of the definitive reasons that made LOTR one of the greatest movie (series) of the last 40 years...Sir Ian McKellen. I can't believe that these folks are staring "Billions" in the face and can't get in gear.

This is absolutely mind boggling.
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7:10AM on 07/07/2010
FYI, "penultimate" means "next to last". So....not sure how you're ranking things.
FYI, "penultimate" means "next to last". So....not sure how you're ranking things.
5:13PM on 07/06/2010
I'm sure if they just throw a truckload of money at him everything will be alright. Fingers crossed he gets on board. First we get the great news that Jackson is returning and now we get this worrisome news. It wouldn't be the same without McKell.

That's my nickname for him, "McKell". Just trying it out.
I'm sure if they just throw a truckload of money at him everything will be alright. Fingers crossed he gets on board. First we get the great news that Jackson is returning and now we get this worrisome news. It wouldn't be the same without McKell.

That's my nickname for him, "McKell". Just trying it out.
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4:34PM on 07/06/2010
Who can blame him. The delay for this movie has gone out of proportion and McKellen isn't getting younger.
Who can blame him. The delay for this movie has gone out of proportion and McKellen isn't getting younger.
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3:40PM on 07/06/2010
I've been saying it for a while now.. I don't see this movie getting made. I love LOTR and would cherish Peter Jackson's take on The Hobbit but for 2-3 years now they've done nothing.
I've been saying it for a while now.. I don't see this movie getting made. I love LOTR and would cherish Peter Jackson's take on The Hobbit but for 2-3 years now they've done nothing.
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3:21PM on 07/06/2010
This is even worse than Megan Fox getting booted out of TF3!
This is even worse than Megan Fox getting booted out of TF3!
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2:39PM on 07/06/2010

Basically...

MGM shares the rights with New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.) but MGM has $4 billion in debt and has to restructure or sell the rights, which they apparently want to keep. Seems to me that with that kind of debt they should just sell the rights to Warner Brothers and move the $%#@ on.
MGM shares the rights with New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.) but MGM has $4 billion in debt and has to restructure or sell the rights, which they apparently want to keep. Seems to me that with that kind of debt they should just sell the rights to Warner Brothers and move the $%#@ on.
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2:31PM on 07/06/2010

Sad

This whole fucking thing is like having the hottest woman alive, naked on your bed, just begging for a piece of you while hundreds of your friends cheer you on... and you reply with a "Meh, maybe later." Let's do this bitch already!!
This whole fucking thing is like having the hottest woman alive, naked on your bed, just begging for a piece of you while hundreds of your friends cheer you on... and you reply with a "Meh, maybe later." Let's do this bitch already!!
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7:12AM on 07/07/2010
LOL...damn dude, who could perform under those conditions? :)
LOL...damn dude, who could perform under those conditions? :)
2:25PM on 07/06/2010
Ack!!! Whats seems to be the holdup!??! Peter Jackson is returning... c'mon!
Ack!!! Whats seems to be the holdup!??! Peter Jackson is returning... c'mon!
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2:13PM on 07/06/2010

This is frustrating . . .

...at this rate, by the time we get a live action Hobbit flick, it'll star a 70 year old Elijah Wood as Bilbo.
...at this rate, by the time we get a live action Hobbit flick, it'll star a 70 year old Elijah Wood as Bilbo.
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2:08PM on 07/06/2010
Mckellen is the best actor of his generation, loosing him is a big blow both in terms of talent, but also continuity! I surely hope he'll be onboard whenever this troubled project gets rolling! Come on Jackson, take the chair, and for the studios: get this bad boy rolling already, it's a frackin cash cow!!!
Mckellen is the best actor of his generation, loosing him is a big blow both in terms of talent, but also continuity! I surely hope he'll be onboard whenever this troubled project gets rolling! Come on Jackson, take the chair, and for the studios: get this bad boy rolling already, it's a frackin cash cow!!!
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1:59PM on 07/06/2010
I don't see the studio taking much longer to square this film away. After all, if they simply repeat the LotR formula, this is an almost guaranteed record breaker film. I also believe that I heard Jackson was returning to helm it? Is this not true now? Speculation? It's been years since the LotR trilogy, so there's no reason not to have the old magic come back (forgive the pun). Anyway, I'd like to see this film take off. The Hobbit is great source material, and I've been saying it would be a
I don't see the studio taking much longer to square this film away. After all, if they simply repeat the LotR formula, this is an almost guaranteed record breaker film. I also believe that I heard Jackson was returning to helm it? Is this not true now? Speculation? It's been years since the LotR trilogy, so there's no reason not to have the old magic come back (forgive the pun). Anyway, I'd like to see this film take off. The Hobbit is great source material, and I've been saying it would be a fantastic movie since the end of the trilogy. So let's see it happen already! There's no reason to not get this thing going.
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1:43PM on 07/06/2010

I doubt he's walking away

Ian doesn't say anything about walking if they don't commit. All he says is his time is running out. And of course it is - none of us is getting any younger. I doubt he'd say no, but whether or not he'll be around when they finally begin shooting is the real question.
Ian doesn't say anything about walking if they don't commit. All he says is his time is running out. And of course it is - none of us is getting any younger. I doubt he'd say no, but whether or not he'll be around when they finally begin shooting is the real question.
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1:32PM on 07/06/2010
Methinks he's only saying this to light a fire under some asses. I coped with the loss of del Toro after many nights of crying alone in my bed, but I could not bare losing Gandalf himself. He's GANDALF for god's sake. Make it happen, studio. Stop bickering about money. Face it, you'll make so much money from The Hobbit films you'll never have to work again.
Methinks he's only saying this to light a fire under some asses. I coped with the loss of del Toro after many nights of crying alone in my bed, but I could not bare losing Gandalf himself. He's GANDALF for god's sake. Make it happen, studio. Stop bickering about money. Face it, you'll make so much money from The Hobbit films you'll never have to work again.
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1:39PM on 07/06/2010
Pretty much what I was gonna say dude. I think losing the only reappearing character may shake a few feathers and get things moving. If they lose Mckellen my interest will start to wilt.
Pretty much what I was gonna say dude. I think losing the only reappearing character may shake a few feathers and get things moving. If they lose Mckellen my interest will start to wilt.
1:16PM on 07/06/2010

Good for you Ian...

And when they finally sit you down to negotiate your contract, take the studio for every penny they have.
And when they finally sit you down to negotiate your contract, take the studio for every penny they have.
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1:11PM on 07/06/2010

NOOO

Ian please don't go!!!
Ian please don't go!!!
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1:02PM on 07/06/2010

no director?

What do you mean no one's stepped to the plate? This very site has already reported that Jackson is taking the helm just as soon as the legal/financial situation is sorted out.
What do you mean no one's stepped to the plate? This very site has already reported that Jackson is taking the helm just as soon as the legal/financial situation is sorted out.
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1:15PM on 07/06/2010
But those things take time as well dude.
But those things take time as well dude.
7:15AM on 07/07/2010
Agreed. Time, shmime...according to news reported, Jackson IS the Director of the Hobbit. I was confused too by this story.
Agreed. Time, shmime...according to news reported, Jackson IS the Director of the Hobbit. I was confused too by this story.
12:45PM on 07/06/2010
You think with the success of Lord of the Rings and with Peter Jackson, this would be a very easy movie to make without too many problems. I believe at this rate, it'll be a while before we see this movie or two movies hit the big screen. I don't blame McKellen for wanting to leave if this movie doesn't start moving forward, why waste your time. Honestly, if McKellen does leave, then my interest for this movie is going to be no more.
You think with the success of Lord of the Rings and with Peter Jackson, this would be a very easy movie to make without too many problems. I believe at this rate, it'll be a while before we see this movie or two movies hit the big screen. I don't blame McKellen for wanting to leave if this movie doesn't start moving forward, why waste your time. Honestly, if McKellen does leave, then my interest for this movie is going to be no more.
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12:37PM on 07/06/2010

Good for him.

It's pathetic that the studio thinks everyone involved (or even expected to be involved) will just wait around and put their career on hold for forever until they finally decide to get going with this project.
It's pathetic that the studio thinks everyone involved (or even expected to be involved) will just wait around and put their career on hold for forever until they finally decide to get going with this project.
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