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The Hobbit (film series)

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The Hobbit
ProducerPeter Jackson
Mark Ordesky
WriterGuillermo del Toro
Peter Jackson
Fran Walsh
Philippa Boyens[1]
StarringIan McKellen
Andy Serkis
MusicHoward Shore
DistributorMGM
New Line Cinema
Released2012 (The Hobbit)
2013 (Film Two)[2]
LanguageNew Zealand
United States
BudgetUS$300 million
WebsiteOfficial Blog
IMDbIMDb Profile
The Hobbit is the current working title for two upcoming live action films based upon J.R.R. Tolkien's novel of the same name. They are conceived as prequels to The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy with which they will form one "continuous journey".[3] The film will be distributed by MGM and New Line Cinema. Peter Jackson will serve as executive producer and co-writer. Originally, Guillermo Del Toro was set to direct both films, but delay caused by legal matters made him step out of directing. He remains as one of the authors of the script.

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Plot

The Hobbit films are set to be released in December 2012 and 2013, they will cover the events in The Hobbit, and possibly Gandalf's visits to Dol Guldur. The main plot however will be of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and Thorin and Company as they set forth to the Lonely Mountain.

"Film Two"

Film Two has been recently revealed in an interview with Del Toro and Jackson, to be a continuation of The Hobbit. The interview which was included in Empire magazines 20th Birthday Special, expressed how the pair believed it would be better not to cram The Hobbit into one movie, but span it over two.

"We've decided to have The Hobbit span the two movies, including the White Council and the comings and goings of Gandalf to Dol Guldur"
Guillermo Del Toro[4]

This interview goes with what Jackson and Del Toro said in a web chat with fans, when it was said that the story could take place during the events of the Hobbit; because of the fact that Gandalf continually disappears in the book. Jackson said "Those gaps are great! There's a lot of stuff going on, which is distracting him".[5]

Issues concerning production

The Hobbit as a movie has been anticipated by many fans since the release of The Lord of the Rings. Even before the pre-production began there had been and are still issues which could delay the production of Guillermo del Toro's The Hobbit. In early 2005 it came to the public attention that Peter Jackson was suing New Line Cinema.[6] This cast doubt on whether or not The Hobbit would ever be made. Jackson later told fans that, due to the dispute, he would neither direct nor produce the film.[6] In late 2007 it was confirmed that Jackson would not direct, but would be an executive producer for two Hobbit movies.[7] It was later announced that Guillermo del Toro would direct the films, and that Jackson will be an active 'executive producer' with the possibility that he would help direct some scenes if necessary.[5]

In May 2008 it was reported that Christopher Tolkien would ask "for 'one last crusade' against the film's producers in his long-running legal battle over money owed for the Lord Of The Rings movies."[8] On June 6, 2008, it was scheduled for him to go before a Californian judge to ask to "terminate" film rights to The Hobbit.

Plot details

Special effects

Weta will continue their role in handling the special effects. Del Toro has stated he wishes to focus more on animatronics for the films.

"The only thing I will be pushing for more in these films that the other three are full animatronics and animatronic creatures enhanced with CGI, as opposed to CGI creatures themselves. We really want to take the state-of-the-art animatronics and take a leap ten years into the future with the technology we will develop for the creatures in the movie. We have every intention to do for animatronics and special effects what the other films did for virtual reality."
― Guillermo del Toro [9]

Possible rating

In an interview with the BBC Del Toro has commented on the level of horror and violence in the The Hobbit, being, like Jackson, a director with a background in that genre.

"The intensity of the scenes of the Hobbit will have the intensity they had in the book when I was a kid reading them.

The spiders of Mirkwood are a pretty harrowing experience and facing the great goblin in the caves is quite a thrilling moment. The Battle of the Five Armies, the first encounter with Gollum - there are scary moments in the book.

But they are already there. We are not inventing or trying to do horror for horror's sake we are trying to imbue those moments of intensity in the book into the movie.
"
― Del Toro [10]

People involved

Confirmed

Unconfirmed/rumoured

  • Guillermo del Toro was very eager to approach Hugo Weaving to reprise his roles as Elrond,[13] and is was later "confirmed" to be returning.[14] However, in later reports, Weaving stated that he had not been asked, but would very much like to return.[15]
  • Christopher Lee has said he would like to be involved in the film but that he does not want to travel to New Zealand due to his age, though he has expressed interest were his parts shot in London. [16]
  • Reports indicate Lawrence Makoare is in talks to return.[17]
  • Rumours came in of a reveal of the actor to play Bilbo at the 2009 Comic Con, with strong contenders being David Tennant, Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy.[18] However, Peter Jackson denied this - as long as they don't have a finished script, no actors will be cast.[19]

See also

References

  1. Guillermo Del Toro Says 'Hobbit' Writing Team Has Chemistry. MTV Movie News (7 October 2008). Retrieved on 11 October 2008.
  2. 'The Hobbit Releasing In December 2013? NO! UPDATE
  3. 'Hobbit' Movies Will be One 'Continuous Journey,' Promises Guillermo Del Toro. MTV Movies Blog (7 October 2008). Retrieved on 11 October 2008
  4. Chris Hewitt, "World Excl: Jackson/Del Toro Talk Hobbit", EmpireOnline.com, April 17, 2009
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Transcript of An Unexpected Party
  6. 6.0 6.1 Director sues over Rings profits
  7. Jackson to produce Hobbit movies
  8. Tolkien's son plans to stop 'The Hobbit'
  9. Guillermo del Toro Chats with TORN About ‘The Hobbit’ Films!
  10. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/review/8084025.stm
  11. http://newboards.theonering.net/forum/gforum/perl/gforum.cgi?do=post_view_threaded;post=212078;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;guest=9426799
  12. http://www.serkis.com/cinema.htm
  13. http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00019081.html
  14. Simon Mayo 09 Jun 2009, BBC (UK only); GdT: "Yes, Ian McKellen is back, and Hugo Weaving as the roles that they originated in the trilogy."
  15. EXCLUSIVE : WEAVING NOT ON HOBBIT YET, MovieHole (June 18, 2009)
  16. http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2009/02/11/31124-christopher-lee-on-saruman-and-the-hobbit/
  17. http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2009/06/22/32548-makoare-lurtz-to-meet-with-gdt/
  18. http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/07/16/hobbit-casting-rumor-tennant-mcavoy-and-radcliffe-in-running-for-bilbo-baggins/
  19. http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=25349

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