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Sir Ian McKellen isn't sure what's up with The Hobbit

May. 3, 2010by: Dave Davis

I wouldn't consider THE HOBBIT to be the most troubled production ever, but it's hardly been smooth sailing. Lawsuits, bad blood, and when things seem to get sorted, a bankrupt studio.

Writer-producer Peter Jackson recently addressed and downplayed all the rumors, and the first movie apparently still has a release date planned for 2012, but returning champion wizard Sir Ian McKellen is just hearing something officially.

"That should have started in April but they didn’t contact me about a contract until a few weeks ago and we’re in negotiation", McKellen said while Down Under for a stage production of "Waiting for Godot."

"I’ve read the script, or as much as had been written, they sent it to me, which was very accomplished and good, I thought, and a wonderful part, Gandalf. But I don’t have a contract and I don’t have a start date, so there we are. We’re in a bit of limbo at the moment".

McKellen did say he would be meeting with Jackson and director Guillermo del Toro about his intended return to Middle Earth while he's visiting the Southern Hemisphere.

Some fascinating insight into his acting process:

Extra Tidbit: The first time I can recall seeing McKellen was in Michael Mann's horror movie THE KEEP, which is one of the few that could really use a remake.
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2:22AM on 05/05/2010
At this rate he will be able to play Gandalf without makeup.
At this rate he will be able to play Gandalf without makeup.
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3:45PM on 05/04/2010

Wow

There must be a LOT of bad blood involved at some level. I would say that this project is generally considered to be A Really Good Thing, and will probably make a boatload of green for those involved, even if the movie itself (themselves?) turns out to be just okay. I would expect it to be better than "okay" myself, ever the optimist.
There must be a LOT of bad blood involved at some level. I would say that this project is generally considered to be A Really Good Thing, and will probably make a boatload of green for those involved, even if the movie itself (themselves?) turns out to be just okay. I would expect it to be better than "okay" myself, ever the optimist.
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12:54PM on 05/04/2010
by the time this movie comes out my great grand kids will be wanting to see it. And I don't even have kids now, lol
by the time this movie comes out my great grand kids will be wanting to see it. And I don't even have kids now, lol
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12:00PM on 05/04/2010

JoBlo.com reports that the Hobbit movie is still in existence

... thanks for the update!!! /sarcasm
... thanks for the update!!! /sarcasm
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11:17AM on 05/04/2010
I met Sir Ian Mckellen (correct spelling JoBlo) many years ago after seeing a one man stage show, thoroughly good bloke. The least actor-y type person you could ever wish to meet. Kudos to anything he is involved in.
I met Sir Ian Mckellen (correct spelling JoBlo) many years ago after seeing a one man stage show, thoroughly good bloke. The least actor-y type person you could ever wish to meet. Kudos to anything he is involved in.
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6:09AM on 05/04/2010

Really, Ian

"SIR IAN MCKELLAN ISN'T SURE WHAT'S UP WITH THE HOBBIT."
Really. Really, ian. You've only been making up bullshit about The Hobbit since it was first announced. I think Ian and Michael Caine should be strapped to bullshit detectors whenever they do interviews about there respected franchises.
"SIR IAN MCKELLAN ISN'T SURE WHAT'S UP WITH THE HOBBIT."
Really. Really, ian. You've only been making up bullshit about The Hobbit since it was first announced. I think Ian and Michael Caine should be strapped to bullshit detectors whenever they do interviews about there respected franchises.
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3:12AM on 05/04/2010

Oh, Come ON!

Enough is enough already. I appreciate people taking time to make movies, especially if it's LOTR-related (LOTR being my all-time favorite trilogy)...but this is insane! This thing's been stalling for ages now. There's no lead confirmed, no start-date...come on, fellas, lets get it going already!
Enough is enough already. I appreciate people taking time to make movies, especially if it's LOTR-related (LOTR being my all-time favorite trilogy)...but this is insane! This thing's been stalling for ages now. There's no lead confirmed, no start-date...come on, fellas, lets get it going already!
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2:00AM on 05/04/2010
Don't you miss the good old days when the Lord of the Rings trilogy was being made. You know. When things actually happened and went forward...
Don't you miss the good old days when the Lord of the Rings trilogy was being made. You know. When things actually happened and went forward...
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1:25AM on 05/04/2010
Go watch Extras in the meantime. It's an excellent show.
Go watch Extras in the meantime. It's an excellent show.
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12:56AM on 05/04/2010

DAMMIT JUST LET JACKSON DIRECT IT !!!

I'm tired of this DAMN production holding a talented director like Del Toro hostage. He had so many movies lined up before he agreed to direct this movie now we probably won't see them for 10yrs.Its just because the stupid studio don't like Jackson because of money issues otherwise he would be making this himself instead of standing over Del Toro's shoulder telling him what to do all the DAMN time. huff , huff , huff , whew kinda went on a rant their.
I'm tired of this DAMN production holding a talented director like Del Toro hostage. He had so many movies lined up before he agreed to direct this movie now we probably won't see them for 10yrs.Its just because the stupid studio don't like Jackson because of money issues otherwise he would be making this himself instead of standing over Del Toro's shoulder telling him what to do all the DAMN time. huff , huff , huff , whew kinda went on a rant their.
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