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Weta FX giant Richard Taylor talks The Hobbit

03.22.2010

Award-winning FX man and exceptionally tall Kiwi Richard Taylor is still going to be playing in Middle Earth, even though the realm has a new overlord.

The Weta Workshop co-founder recently spoke about why his friend and colleague Peter Jackson stepped away from THE HOBBIT and its sequel after the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, instead handing the director's gauntlet to Guillermo del Toro. Taylor says it's "probably because he's spent so long in Middle Earth... and probably felt a director such as Guillermo could bring something passionate and unique and original and new to the content for the sake of the fans."

Unique and original? Does this mean the new Tolkein movies will have more of the freakies and creepies that del Toro is known for? Taylor says there will be consistency for characters that appear in both LOTR and the HOBBIT stories, but outside of that is anyone's guess. "It's an absolute delight to be working with Guillermo Del Toro," Taylor says. "We've all enjoyed his craft as seen in PAN'S LABYRINTH and the HELLBOY movies. His unique aesthetic and storytelling style brings a lovely aesthetic to the world and one we're enjoying being part of."

And what about having the hairy-footed adventurer conform to the current 3D obsession, which Jackson himself is currently dabbling with on TINTIN? Taylor only says that "Like any film, there will be an effort to utilize the tools that are available to us today to achieve visual images that will excite and intrigue an audience as we did try 10 years ago."

Extra Tidbit: Weta's ray gun replicas have become a little world all to themselves.
Source: AP@Yahoo

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10:05PM on 03/23/2010

Get On With It....

Alot of these guys aren't getting any younger.

And to segue into this tidbit for all you Hobbit fans, Sir Ian McKellen stated 3-4 days ago that filming would begin in July in New Zealand. Be patient, something is coming for sure.
Alot of these guys aren't getting any younger.

And to segue into this tidbit for all you Hobbit fans, Sir Ian McKellen stated 3-4 days ago that filming would begin in July in New Zealand. Be patient, something is coming for sure.
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7:13AM on 03/23/2010

Is any actual news on the horizon?


Other sites have also put up this story, so this isn't a slight on you, Dave.

I just think it's time we got an official update on what exactly is going on with THE HOBBIT, instead of constant speculative, non-news stories.

Tomorrow there'll be a headline across the world: "GUY WHO DOES THE PROP SWORDS FOR THE HOBBIT SAYS GUILLERMO IS GOING TO BE TOTALLY AWESOME AND THAT FILMING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SOMETIME BETWEEN NOW AND THE YEAR 2016!"

At least tell us if the films have officially

Other sites have also put up this story, so this isn't a slight on you, Dave.

I just think it's time we got an official update on what exactly is going on with THE HOBBIT, instead of constant speculative, non-news stories.

Tomorrow there'll be a headline across the world: "GUY WHO DOES THE PROP SWORDS FOR THE HOBBIT SAYS GUILLERMO IS GOING TO BE TOTALLY AWESOME AND THAT FILMING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SOMETIME BETWEEN NOW AND THE YEAR 2016!"

At least tell us if the films have officially been given the green light yet... or who has been cast as a dwarf or something...

Rant over.
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7:20AM on 03/23/2010
I think there was a news story a few days ago saying shooting will begin at the end of this summer. Was posted on Ian McKellan's site, and mirrored here.
I think there was a news story a few days ago saying shooting will begin at the end of this summer. Was posted on Ian McKellan's site, and mirrored here.
7:36AM on 03/23/2010
That's actually another example of non-news. It was a story picked up from an actor's website (which is enough for the credibility to be questioned) and then the shooting date mentioned on the site was changed from June to July, and then later to "an unannounced date". So basically... it was news telling us that they're going to start filming at some point in the future. :)
That's actually another example of non-news. It was a story picked up from an actor's website (which is enough for the credibility to be questioned) and then the shooting date mentioned on the site was changed from June to July, and then later to "an unannounced date". So basically... it was news telling us that they're going to start filming at some point in the future. :)
10:51AM on 03/23/2010
LOL. Touche', Sir. :)
LOL. Touche', Sir. :)
11:55PM on 03/22/2010
Ive been 401 on a winter's day, if i didnt tell her i could leave today california dreamin on such a winter's day california dreamin on such a winter's day (I can see) california dreamin'
Ive been 401 on a winter's day, if i didnt tell her i could leave today california dreamin on such a winter's day california dreamin on such a winter's day (I can see) california dreamin'
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11:54PM on 03/22/2010
Tolkien was an opium addict that blew much of his families fortune on cheap booze and Vietnamese hookers. Quite sad really.
Tolkien was an opium addict that blew much of his families fortune on cheap booze and Vietnamese hookers. Quite sad really.
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6:50AM on 03/23/2010
Very informative. And...?
Very informative. And...?
7:18AM on 03/23/2010
Nice. Usually some sort of citation would help you seem like actually knew what you were talking about rather than just being a douche.
Nice. Usually some sort of citation would help you seem like actually knew what you were talking about rather than just being a douche.
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11:29PM on 03/22/2010
All cool.
The Hobbit is not a book with the same mood as LOTR.
The movie shouldn't look and feel like "LOTR: Fifty Years Earlier".
All cool.
The Hobbit is not a book with the same mood as LOTR.
The movie shouldn't look and feel like "LOTR: Fifty Years Earlier".
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