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Old Jun 28, 2010, 11:35 AM   #31
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Official today: Peter Jackson is indeed going to direct both Hobbit movies.

Excellent, excellent news! Rumors are also swirling that the entire reason MGM has been stalling this project was a veiled attempt to get Jackson to direct and now that he's agreed, they should give the full green lights sometime over the next couple of weeks with Shire filming set to begin in the Autumn, or Spring if you're in New Zealand - around October or November.

Where did you get this info? I wonder if www.theonering.net confirms this
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Old Jun 28, 2010, 12:23 PM   #32
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http://www.deadline.com/2010/06/urge...-hobbit-films/
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Old Jun 28, 2010, 04:12 PM   #33
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Well, we can only pray it's true. And I hope to Primus, he doesn't do the whole 3D route. I'm so tired of it.
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Old Jun 29, 2010, 07:44 AM   #34
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Well, we can only pray it's true. And I hope to Primus, he doesn't do the whole 3D route. I'm so tired of it.

Last weekend I couldn't help but notice that the theater's showing the 3D version of Toy Story 3 were typically a third to a half full while the 2D's were packed. I think this latest 3D trend has just about run its course. The LOTR trilogy was so rich and vibrant I can't imagine Jackson would sacrifice the clarity and eye popping color for which he's known so well for gimmicky 3D.
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Old Jun 30, 2010, 10:24 PM   #35
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Hmmmm about time Jackson took control with this. It must be incredibly frustrating to be producing it having a green light, and then it stopping again. Should be spectacular.
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Old Jul 6, 2010, 08:01 AM   #36
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Some sites say its a done deal, Jackson is directing, others say not so fast.

MGM is still putting the holds on this movie but may green light it sometime later this month. Word is they're borrowing a ton of money to restructure, the collateral is the Hobbit and James Bond franchises, both of which are in limbo thanks to MGM's mismanagement.
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Old Jul 6, 2010, 06:55 PM   #37
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they are freaking gold mines, I'm guessing they are dangling them out to other studios eagerly waiting for them to collapse and sell them off.
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Old Sep 28, 2010, 01:17 AM   #38
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Well, I guess it's all over now. Might as well forget ever seeing this one made right.

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Peter Jackson Running Into Union Trouble on 'The Hobbit'
by Will Leitch September 27, 2010

You can be forgiven for being skeptical that "The Hobbit" will ever be made. Back in October 2007, Entertainment Weekly announced on its cover that Peter Jackson would be putting together a prequel to his "Lord of the Rings" films based on the J. R. R. Tolkien book series. Since then, everything has gone wrong: Jackson sued New Line over the rights to the film; the Tolkien family then sued them as well; MGM, one of the two studios planning to distribute the film, ran into the money woes (which are also holding up the James Bond films); Guillermo Del Toro, who was supposed to direct, worked with Jackson for two years before dropping out last May and handing the reins back to him. With Jackson taking over, and Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and Hugo Weaving signed on to reprise their roles, the film was expected to finally be back on schedule.

But now Jackson has a more serious problem: The International Federation of Actors, along with the Screen Actors Guild, is discouraging actors to work on the film because of the non-union labor in New Zealand. This is serious business for SAG: Essentially, actors who work on the film, like McKellen and Weaving, would be in violation of the union's bylaws and subject to expulsion from the union. The Hollywood Reporter notes just how rare it is for SAG to be so strident about a big-studio picture.

Jackson isn't happy about it, according to BBC News:

Jackson said the wrangle was a "grab for power" and "an attempt by the "Australian bully-boy" to exert influence over New Zealand's film industry. "It feels as if we have a large Aussie cousin kicking sand in our eyes... or to put it another way, opportunists exploiting our film for their own political gain."

Jackson has threatened to move the filming to Eastern Europe, which would seem to lack the breathtaking vistas that made the "Lord of the Rings" films look like they really did take place in a fantasy world. It's a bit strange to see Jackson, one of the wealthiest filmmakers on the planet, complaining about having sand kicked in his eyes, and it's starting to look like the project is taking a toll on him. (It doesn't help that "The Lovely Bones" was a critical and commercial disappointment.) It's also worth noting that the weakest scenes in the "Lord of the Rings" movies take place in the shire where the hobbits live; basing two whole movies on just hobbit-land would seem far from the financial slam-dunk that the previous three movies were.

But considering the tortured history of "The Hobbit," it's more than a little likely that, three years from now, we'll be writing about how Peter Jackson is still trying to get "The Hobbit" off the ground.

I personally love the line about basing the films on just hobbit-land. Did the writer of this article even read The Hobbit? And the second film is supposed to deal with the events in between it and LOTR. Idiot.
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Old Oct 8, 2010, 07:51 AM   #39
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Oh ye of little faith...

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In a move that surprises no one, the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings filmmaker is sliding into the chair vacated by Guillermo del Toro and taking over directing the two-part Hobbit.


It's been busy in Hobbiton of late. Within a week or so, we get the news that there's an actors' union boycott of The Hobbit, that the two-film prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy will be shot in 3-D and, now, that Peter Jackson will step behind the camera to finish what he started.


According to Deadline, Jackson is committed to direct the $500 million project (most likely to be bankrolled by Warner Brothers), which will definitely be in 3-D, with December 2012 and December 2013 as the projected release dates.


Stay tuned. More incremental news from Middle-earth is no doubt forthcoming.
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Old Oct 8, 2010, 11:03 AM   #40
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Yes, and supposedly the New Zealand was asked by Peter Jackson to step in and help with the union disputes, which was actually started by Australian unions. I'm telling ya, the Hobbit is cursed LOL Then of course, this little incident, probably started by the Australians too LOL


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Monday, October 4th 2010 07:42AM

After financial issues and the union strike threat, Peter Jackson's anticipated film adaptation of "The Hobbit" has once again hit a stumbling block.

This time a fire broke out Friday at Jackson's Portsmouth Miniatures Studio in New Zealand, engulfing and destroying one of the few specialist miniature shooting facilities in the world reports Deadline.

It took fifty firefighters three hours to put out the blaze, leaving only a burned out warehouse in place of one of the key workshops that would've been used by the production.

The news came just hours after a report emerged at The Los Angeles Times that the studios were close to green lighting the project, having resolved most of the key issues that have held up the project.

The article cites that the two films would be shot together on a budget approaching $500 million for the pair, with $45 million having already been spent on pre-production. Barring last-minute issues that might raise their heads, shooting could begin by mid-January which would have the films in theaters for Christmas 2012 and 2013.

On Sunday the problem of the union dispute over the film looked to be headed towards some kind of resolution as well as New Zealand Prime Minister John Key stepped into the fight and offered government officials to help mediate the dispute reports The Herald Sun.

Key is very keen on keeping the projects in New Zealand, however film industry officials from Australia, Canada, Scotland and Ireland are all campaigning to serve as potential replacements if the dispute cannot be resolved.

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Breaking: 'The Hobbit' Moving Forward

The long-delayed 'Lord of the Rings' prequel will start production in February with Peter Jackson directing

By Sharon Waxman
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"The Hobbit" has been greenlit and will start production in February, an individual close to the production has told TheWrap.

As TheWrap previously reported, Peter Jackson has agreed to direct the film in addition to producing and writing the two-part project.

In the agreement completed this week, Jackson's deal was finalized and MGM and Warner Brothers agreed to greenlight the project.

Sets have already been built in New Zealand, and actors, including Sir Ian McKellen, have been on hold for months.

Martin Freeman has been rumored to play Bilbo Baggins.

Production will begin in February.

However, the individual said that labor issues related to the production have still not been resolved and that negotiations will continue with the Screen Actors Guild.

The greenlighting means that millions of global fans for the revered J.R.R. Tolkien property can look forward to a prequel to "The Lord of the Rings," which was one of the most successful movie franchises in movie history.

Jackson was already on board to write and produce "The Hobbit." But because of financial turmoil at MGM, which owns half of the franchise together with Warners' New Line Cinema, the project became one of the most torturous movie projects in Hollywood history.

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