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Rumor Buster: The Hobbit still on track for 2012 release

04.29.2010
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Yesterday, IMAX issued a press release announcing a 20-film partnership with Warner Bros. At the end of the release it mentioned that the 2013 release of THE HOBBIT would be included in the partnership. This threw LORD OF THE RINGS fanboys into a tizzy as it was previously believed that THE HOBBIT would be hitting theaters in 2012. Well fear not - Guillermo del Toro's first part of his two-part HOBBIT saga will hit theaters in December 2012.

So where was the disconnect? It looks like it was simply a mistake on the part of IMAX as Warner Bros. quickly realized the error (IMAX has since issued a corrected release).

So what's the status of THE HOBBIT? The script for the second part of the film was just submitted last week and all parties involved are working on the financials to come up with a budget. Once they get a budget they're happy with, they'll get an official greenlight (yes, the film still hasn't been officially greenlit) and Peter Jackson said recently that he hopes filming would begin in October or November.

No so coincidentally, Jackson also mentioned that if all goes well with the budget and the greenlight that he hopes to have casting announcements in mid-summer....just in time for Comic-Con.

Extra Tidbit: Are you glad del Toro is spending all this time working on THE HOBBIT or would you rather have him making other movies?
Source: THR

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12:52PM on 04/29/2010
I love that he's all over it, but I wish he would get me some Hellboy III to whet my appetite.
I love that he's all over it, but I wish he would get me some Hellboy III to whet my appetite.
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12:15PM on 04/29/2010
I'm glad del Toro is making "The Hobbit," but I wish he was done by now.
I'm glad del Toro is making "The Hobbit," but I wish he was done by now.
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12:09PM on 04/29/2010
I'm glad del Torro is working on The Hobbit, because after this movie brings in the cash del Torro will finally be considered a major blockbuster director. Then he'll have the power to get his more interesting projects made with a proper budget.

At The Mountains of Madness, that's the movie I'm waiting for.
I'm glad del Torro is working on The Hobbit, because after this movie brings in the cash del Torro will finally be considered a major blockbuster director. Then he'll have the power to get his more interesting projects made with a proper budget.

At The Mountains of Madness, that's the movie I'm waiting for.
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11:45AM on 04/29/2010

So Kewl!

I love Del Toro's monsters so I am sure that Smaug will be bitchin
I love Del Toro's monsters so I am sure that Smaug will be bitchin
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11:24AM on 04/29/2010

I'm ok with Del Torro sticking it out.

But I would really like another Hellboy movie from him.
But I would really like another Hellboy movie from him.
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9:08AM on 04/29/2010

Agree.

Reading this is like watching the teaser of a teaser.
Reading this is like watching the teaser of a teaser.
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8:55AM on 04/29/2010
Not to be rude, but, I didn't read this article or any other article about the Hobbit scheduling 'conflicts'. It's a non issue to me, and most fans as far as I can tell. I will be happy to read when they start shooting, until then it just doesn't matter. It's like saying, 'today they still plan on making a movie based on The Hobbit'
Not to be rude, but, I didn't read this article or any other article about the Hobbit scheduling 'conflicts'. It's a non issue to me, and most fans as far as I can tell. I will be happy to read when they start shooting, until then it just doesn't matter. It's like saying, 'today they still plan on making a movie based on The Hobbit'
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8:35AM on 04/29/2010
I've gotten to the point where the only news I want to hear about The Hobbit is when it finally starts casting. I feel like the last 7 news articles relating to The Hobbit is talking about how "they're moving along". God Dammit lets make the fucking movie!
I've gotten to the point where the only news I want to hear about The Hobbit is when it finally starts casting. I feel like the last 7 news articles relating to The Hobbit is talking about how "they're moving along". God Dammit lets make the fucking movie!
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