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« on: December 18, 2007, 04:40:21 PM »

This is great news. It's a pity he's not directing these films (i wouldn't rule that out yet) but at least now this film is gonna get made at last.


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Director Peter Jackson, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc said on Tuesday they have agreed to make two movies based on the book "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien, ending months of legal wrangling.

Jackson, the director of the smash hit "Lord of the Rings" movies, and producer Fran Walsh will executive produce both a "Hobbit" movie and a sequel, but no decision has been made about who will direct the films, Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, co-chairmen and co-CEOs of New Line told Reuters.

MGM Chairman Harry Sloan, who was credited by all parties for bringing about the deal, said Jackson found it "impossible" to direct the film and meet proposed release dates in 2010 and 2011 due to other projects on which he is now working.

"He can't get it scheduled and he doesn't want the fans to have to wait for the next two movies," Sloan said. He said the studios might postpone the films if Jackson changed his mind.

Jackson's representative could not be reached for comment.

Jackson, Walsh and the studios share approval "on all major creative elements" and will start considering screenwriters and directors in January, Shaye said.

The movies will be made simultaneously in New Zealand, starting in 2009. Industry experts estimated the films would each cost $150 million (74.5 million pounds) to $200 million to make, based in part on the $400 million cost of the first three and inflation.

The studios will likely have to negotiate more expensive deals with "Rings" cast members, such as Ian McKellen as Gandalf the wizard, if any of them return for "The Hobbit." But they could save money on special effects that were designed and built for the "Rings" films and could be reused.

'NOT AN OPTION'

Fantasy film "The Hobbit" tells of a world inhabited by wizards, dwarfs, elves and little people called hobbits, who include the central character, Bilbo Baggins.

"The Hobbit" preceded Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" books, which were made into three hit movies by New Line that grossed roughly $3 billion at global box offices, starting with 2001's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."

Jackson and Walsh envisioned the first film covering the events of "The Hobbit" and the second bridging the 80-year gap between that novel and the first "Lord of the Rings" book.

It was that vision that led MGM, which holds the film rights to the book and is looking for new movie franchises, to insist that Jackson and Walsh make the films.

"Once (they) played out their vision for 'The Hobbit' as two movies ... MGM just took the position that we wanted to deal with Peter and it was not an option to do it with anybody else," Sloan said.

Sloan said the studios "would welcome as much of the original cast as possible," adding that "some of them have even said they are interested."

For years, the making of a "Hobbit" movie had been delayed while Jackson and New Line wrangled over profits from the "Rings" films. The director had sued New Line claiming it owed him money. Jackson and New Line have now settled that suit.

The filmmakers set up a Web site, thehobbitblog.com, to keep fans -- who loudly protested the making of "The Hobbit" without Jackson -- apprised of casting and other developments.

MGM and New Line, a unit of Time Warner Inc, will co-finance the films, with New Line distributing in the United States and MGM internationally. MGM is a closely held company owned by private

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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2011, 12:56:58 PM »

Finally...

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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2011, 10:11:42 PM »

Production video log part 1:

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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2011, 05:58:41 AM »

awesome, finally!!!

Jackson lost a lot of weight, looks a hundred pounds lighter!
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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2011, 09:20:19 PM »

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Luke Evans Cast As Bard The Bowman In The Hobbit
It seems that Bard will have a significantly bigger role in Peter Jackson's movies than he did in the original novel...
Those who have read The Hobbit will know that Bard The Bowman plays a significant role, despite not really featuring that much in the story. Well now Welsh actor Luke Evans has been cast as Bard, and according to Deadline the character would seem to have been fleshed out a bit for the movies..

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Luke Evans has bagged the role of Bard in The Hobbit, a last major part that Peter Jackson hadn't cast in a production that's underway in New Zealand. Bard the Grim is a skilled archer, and the heir of King Girion of Dale. The king was killed by the talking dragon Smaug. The character plays a greater role in the second film, and is somewhat reminiscent of the action-hero exploits of Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn, I'm told.


Evans has had supporting roles in Clash Of The Titans and Robin Hood among other things, and will next be seen as Aramis in The Three Musketeers.
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2011, 09:21:19 PM »

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Hot on the heels of the news on who will play Bard, Deadline have another scoop on who will voice the villain of The Hobbit, Smaug The Golden..
People thought it might be Ron Pearlman when Guillermo Del Toro was involved, then rumors of Bill Nighy hit, but now Deadline reveal that the actor voicing the Dragon Smaug in Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies is Benedict Cumberbatch..

After reporting today that Luke Evans will play Bard in the Peter Jackson-directed The Hobbit and wondering who'll voice the dragon Smaug, Deadline can now tell you that it will be Benedict Cumberbatch. He'll portray Smaug via motion capture. He is already on the picture, providing the voice of the character Necromancer.

So we have this dude on Dragon and Dark Lord duty! Cumberbatch may be a relatively new..and unusual name for many on CBM but the actor is making waves, already nailing down supporting performances in the Steven Spielberg-directed War Horse and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2011, 10:28:36 PM »

Lost's Evangeline Lilly Joins The Hobbit

Peter Jackson has announced that the beautiful actress who played Kate in Lost has joined his Hobbit cast as an Elf named Tauriel.
Over at his official Facebook page Peter Jackson has released an announcement not only confirming that Luke Evans will play Bard and Benedict Cumberbatch will voice Smaug the Dragon but revealing that Evangeline Lilly has also joined as new character, Tauriel. Jackson also announced that Dame Edna Everage's alter ego Barry Humphries will be playing(via motion capture) and voicing the Goblin King..

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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2011, 02:56:42 PM »

Photo From The Hobbit Featuring The Dwarves Dori, Nori, & Ori
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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2011, 05:18:19 PM »

Another Photo From The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Featuring More Dwarves
Here is another photo from the upcoming Warner Brother movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that once again puts the spot light on the Dwarves. This time take a look at Oin and Gloin.
Yesterday we got our first look at Dwarves Dori, Nori, and Ori for Perter Jackson's upcoming prequel to The Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Now Yahoo has gotten a hold of a second photo which features Dwarves Oin and Gloin played by John Callen and Peter Hambleton respectively.





Once again we are provided with a description of the two characters:


Distant cousins of Thorin Oakenshield, these two doughty Northern Dwarves join the Company out of a sense of loyalty to their kin, and also because they have a substantial sum of money invested in the venture. Along with Bombur, Gloin is the only other married Dwarf in the Company (there being a shortage of female dwarves in general). His wife is an acclaimed beauty with a particularly fine beard. Gloin is the proud father of a young son, Gimli, who will go on to become part of the famous Fellowship of the Ring.


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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2011, 09:28:49 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2011, 10:14:20 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2011, 03:07:16 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2011, 03:34:58 PM »

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Featuring Stephen Hunter as Bombur, James Nesbitt as Bofur and William Kircher as Bifur, check out the latest image from director Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey...
"The Hobbit" follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life foreverÖ Gollum (Andy Serkis).

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollumís "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualitiesÖ A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-Earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

While most of the Company of Thorin Oakensheild is related to the royal and noble line of Durin, Bofur, his brother Bombur and their cousin Bifur most definitely are Ö not. Born and bred in the West, descendants of coal miners and iron workers, they have joined the Quest for the Lonely Mountain partly to seek their fortune and partly because they were told the beer was free.


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« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2011, 04:20:47 PM »

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First Look at Balin and Dwalin From The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Another day, another picture from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Stop salivating and click the jump.

TIME is the lucky beneficiary of exclusive photos today, as it seems Warner Brothers is slowly distributing exclusive photos to all the major news sources one day at a time. I believe that is a very shrewd approach to drumming up interest in the project.

Description of the two characters:

"Dwarf Lords in their own right, Balin and Dwalin are close relatives of Thorin. Beyond this, these brothers are two of his most loyal and trusted friends. An old warrior, Balin has lived through hard times and fought many battles, yet he harbors doubts about the wisdom of the Quest to retake the Lonely Mountain. Dwalin has no such forebodings Ė his belief in Thorinís leadership is unshakeable. A powerful and bruising fighter, with a natural tendency to distrust anyone who is not a Dwarf, particularly anyone who might be an Elf, Dwalin is not someone to cross lightly."

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« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2011, 01:55:16 PM »

First Look At The Hobbit's Richard Armitage As Thorin Oakenshield!
TheOneRing.net have unveiled our first look at Captain America: The First Avenger star Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, wielding his blade, Orcrist, the Goblin-cleaver...
The creative team behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy returns to Middle-earth with this adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic precursor The Hobbit. Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh share writing duties with Guillermo del Toro on the Warner Bros./MGM joint production, the story of which will span two films, the first of which is entitled, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

As a young Dwarf prince, Thorin witnessed the destruction and terror wrought when a great fire-breathing Dragon attacked the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. After slaughtering many of Thorinís kin, the great serpent, Smaug, entered The Lonely Mountain and took possession of its vast store of gold and jewels. No-one came to the aid of the surviving Dwarves, and thus, a once proud and noble race was forced into exile. Through long years of hardship, Thorin grew to be a strong and fearless fighter and revered leader. In his heart a fierce desire grew; a desire to reclaim his homeland and destroy the beast that had brought such misery upon his people. So when fate offers him an unusual ally, he seizes the chance for revenge.

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« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2011, 10:48:02 PM »

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« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2011, 02:48:51 PM »

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The Hobbit: Mikael Persbrandt Reveals Scene Involving Beorn The Shapeshifter
The website One Ring has translated an interview the actor conducted with Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.


 
And this is what he said about The Hobbit and New Zealand, translated to the best of my ability of course.

ĒWhen I, during the first day, is hoisted up to the ceiling in the west King Kong Studio in Wellington I know what to do, even if it is a bit awkward and difficult to begin with a difficult torture scene. I knew and could even suggest things.Ē

I guess that this could possibly be a hint that Peter Jackson might intend to include the part, where Beorn sort of interrogate a wolf and goblin in order to verify the story told to him by Gandalf, in the film.

ďHow am I as a shapeshifter, who lives with horses and animals in the forest? You have to look into yourself and try. I act in the Hobbit about the same I would in a love drama.Ē He says.


Mikael Persbrandt is a very popular actor in Sweden, and he landed the role of the shy, but heroic Beorn. His character is reclusive, hides in the mountains because the rest of his people were killed off by the Orcs. He is an incredibly large man with a dark thick beard, and can transform into a bear.

In the book he never transformed in front of the characters, he just appeared as either a man, or a bear. In this movie Weta Workshop is going to make Beorn's transformation quite the spectacle.

He is approached by Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins, and the 13 Dwarves to aid them in their quest. From the scene above he is convinced of their sincerity, and becomes apart of their group.





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« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2011, 03:39:37 PM »

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Early Details For The World Premiere Of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The first part of Peter Jackson's much anticipated LOTR prequel may be over a year away, but we now have some info on when An Unexpected Journey will have its world premiere...
 

According to The One Ring, Peter Jackson's much anticipated film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will have its world premiere in late November of 2012 in Wellington, New Zealand (which was the same place where the last Lord Of The Rings film, Return Of The King, had its world premiere). New Zealand news site 3 News has a video showing Jackson's announcing the details on the world premiere with NZ Prime Minister John Key, but since there isn't any embed code for right now, click here to watch the eleven minute video.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to premiere in Wellington in late November 2012, director Sir Peter Jackson and Prime Minister John Key announced today at the Hobbiton set in Waikato. Wellington previously hosted the world premiere of the final Lord of the Rings movie, Return of the King, in December 2003.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters December 14th, 2012, while the second part There & Back Again hits theaters December 13th the following year.
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« Reply #20 on: November 02, 2011, 11:06:46 PM »

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First Glimpse Of Elijah Wood As Frodo In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
AICN have posted some details from their visit to the set of Peter Jackson's LOTR prequel movies along with some great pics of the Bag End set. And in one we get out first look at the returning Wood as Frodo..


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JRR Tolkien's Never-Before-Seen Illustrations for The Hobbit
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« Reply #21 on: November 07, 2011, 12:48:17 AM »

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Peter Jackson's Revealing New Hobbit Video Blog Features Great Behind The Scenes Action
In the fourth video blog from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Peter Jackson speaks about the use of 3D and the "Red Epic" cameras. But we also get some great glimpses of scenes being shot with Gandalf and The Dwarves etc..
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« Reply #22 on: November 07, 2011, 12:50:44 AM »

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« Reply #23 on: November 21, 2011, 10:21:35 PM »

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Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie Talks About His Role in The Hobbit
Bret had a small cameo in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, but this time he'll have a new and bigger role in The Hobbit. Click the jump for details.


Mckenzie, who starred in HBO's Flight of the Conchords with Jemaine Clement, will be making an appearance in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. If you blinked during 2001's Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring you might've missed Bret's cameo. He played the role of Figwit (Frodo is great ... who is that?). You can check out the cameo in the video below, which has Bret without his trademark beard. When asked by Empire if he was shaving for The Hobbit, he said, "Oh yeah. I look like Iím 12. I look much more like a girl in The Hobbit. I look like a hot girl."


"It was in Wellington so I could pretty much walk to work. Itís still a small part ó I did a couple of days earlier this year ó but it was great to get my pointy ears back on. Itís in 3D, so the ears will be extra pointy. Youíll be able to touch the ears."

"Iíve got a proper name this time: Lindir. In the book he was a musical elf. This time, if I make the edit, I'll speak in Elvish. But I donít sing. They havenít asked me to do the theme song yet! Maybe this time itís me and Annie Lennox."

"Ian McKellen, it turns out, is a big fan of Flight Of The Conchords. He and I had a good time on set, coming up with ideas for Hobbit: The Musical. Weíre still developing it..."

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« Reply #24 on: November 21, 2011, 10:42:46 PM »

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Benedict Cumberbatch On The Preparation For Voicing Smaug In The Hobbit
Speaking to Collider about Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, actor Benedict Cumberbatch discusses his preparation for playing the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit.
 
Source: Collider

The fine folks over at Collider recently had the opportunity to sprinkle in some questions about Peter Jackson's adaption of the fantasy classic, The Hobbit to actor Benedict Cumberbatch; who will be voicing the dragon Smaug. Here's the brief video and transcript.


Collider: So whatís it like to voice Smaug in The Hobbit?

Cumberbatch: "Iím playing Smaug, I mean Iím physicalizing him as a dragon Iím not just doing the voiceover, so itíll be a physical role which Iím no stranger to. I did Frankenstein at the beginning of the year with Danny Boyle at the National Theater and playing the creature in that was a very full on and sort of corporeal experience. I canít wait, but the conversations have yet to start really in earnest because theyíve been doing the first film and Iíve been doing the second series of Sherlock and another series which Iím working on now called Paradeís End for HBO and BBC with Tom Stoppard, and Rebecca Hall co-starring, so itís a world away but come a monthís time weíll start conversations probably like you and I are having down the line. Iíve already started working out and doing various movement exercises to get myself limber for that all-important jump suit with balls on it, otherwise known as motion-capture. But I canít wait, Iím really excited. I go to film it in January."

Hmm. The interesting thing to take away from this interview is that Cumberbatch will not only be voicing Smaug but he'll also be in a motion capture suit, a la Andy Serkis.

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