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The Hobbit is coming

Posted: Wed, 19th Dec 2007, 9:44am

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At long last, New Line and Peter Jackson have resolved the legal disputes that have lingered since Fellowship of the Ring was released, which means that The Hobbit is officially on the way. Jackson is confirmed as producer but the director has yet to be announced.

Remarkably, there's two movies in the planning - one a straight adaptation of the book and another 'bridging the gap' between it and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Exciting times!
Posted: Wed, 19th Dec 2007, 11:48am

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eek Finally, The hobbit is one of the best books written by Tolkein and I'm so glad it's finally going to be made into a movie.
Posted: Wed, 19th Dec 2007, 11:53am

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Sweet.
Posted: Wed, 19th Dec 2007, 1:44pm

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Exciting times.. but in terms of any material or footage, they are many months away from greenlighting it all. Sucks! Because I'd watch it now... biggrin
Posted: Wed, 19th Dec 2007, 2:21pm

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Well, I really hope they get a good director, is there no chance that Peter Jackson will do it? I really hop they don't get someone bad who ruins it.
Posted: Wed, 19th Dec 2007, 4:01pm

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Peter Jackson seems to be pretty good at hiring the right people to fill the various positions on his crew. I'm sure he can select a director that will get the job done nicely.
Posted: Wed, 19th Dec 2007, 7:41pm

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Awesome! I'm a huge fan of the LOTR movies and books. The Hobbit is one of my favorite books of all time. I really hope it doesn't get screwed up for whatever reasons. Unfortunately that's a long time until I can sink my teeth into more LOTR action.
Posted: Wed, 19th Dec 2007, 7:46pm

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The name I've heard synonomous with 'The Hobbit' movie is Sam Raimi, which would be fantastic. It'd keep him away from being tempted by Sony into ruining the closure of the Spiderman series with a 4th one and also he's a fantastic guy for the job.

I hope either Raimi or Jackson helms the movie. The Hobbit might be a long way off, but we can all look forward to the surprisingly awesome-looking 'Prince Caspian' next year. Directed by Andrew Adamson, heh. That's basically my name.
Posted: Wed, 19th Dec 2007, 8:03pm

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I saw this last night and was very VERY happy.

The LOTR films are my top 3 movies of all time, hands down. I can't wait for this, though it sucks that PJ won't be directing it. As long as he has the final word on everything, and Fran Walsh/Phillipa Boyens will be writing them, I'll deal!

After the atrocity that was Spidey 3, I'd rather not see Raimi helm it. Bryan Singer would be an interesting choice, and I know him and PJ know each other fairly well.
Posted: Wed, 19th Dec 2007, 8:55pm

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One suggestion I saw was Peter Weir, who I think would be a superb choice.

While I really like Raimi's stuff, I don't think he's particularly suitable in this case. His main attraction to me comes from his great signature style, which he wouldn't really be able to use in these movies.
Posted: Thu, 20th Dec 2007, 1:23am

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I've totally heard Jet Li's name attached to this project, but don't tell them who told you!!!
Posted: Thu, 20th Dec 2007, 2:58am

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Evman wrote:

I saw this last night and was very VERY happy.

The LOTR films are my top 3 movies of all time, hands down. I can't wait for this, though it sucks that PJ won't be directing it. As long as he has the final word on everything, and Fran Walsh/Phillipa Boyens will be writing them, I'll deal!

After the atrocity that was Spidey 3, I'd rather not see Raimi helm it. Bryan Singer would be an interesting choice, and I know him and PJ know each other fairly well.
Considering you thought the same of Superman Returns, would you really rather have Bryan Singer at the helm? smile All I've heard is that PJ likes Raimi.

Frankly, I'd be happy with either. Although I like Singer more as a director, Raimi would be more fit for the role I think. But it who knows if either are even really in the running.
Posted: Thu, 20th Dec 2007, 3:11am

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Superman Returns (though not perfect in most senses) was far far better than Spidey 3.
Posted: Thu, 20th Dec 2007, 3:14am

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Evman wrote:

Superman Returns (though not perfect in most senses) was far far better than Spidey 3.
I agree. But I also thoroughly enjoyed both.
Posted: Thu, 20th Dec 2007, 9:37am

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Small update:

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news07/071220h.php

Looks like PJ is confirmed to not be directing.
Posted: Thu, 20th Dec 2007, 11:47am

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As long as this isn't the plot of the movie, it will be good.
Posted: Thu, 20th Dec 2007, 8:53pm

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Digerati Media wrote:

As long as this isn't the plot of the movie, it will be good.
I'd much prefer this:

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/taters


But both ideas are fantastic. I'd be delighted to see either on the big screen.
Posted: Fri, 21st Dec 2007, 5:50am

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Oh, christ. I haven't heard 'PO-Tay-Toez!' stuck in my head since freshman year or before. Thanks. smile
Posted: Mon, 31st Dec 2007, 5:25am

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It is about time, i have been waiting for a long while for the hobbit to become in production biggrin
Posted: Tue, 1st Jan 2008, 3:46am

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I don't CARE if I have to wait! I want it done right, dammit! I would wait another three years if I had to. Maybe even longer. That's one thing some studios don't get. Fans don't care if they have to wait. They care about a job well done.
Posted: Tue, 1st Jan 2008, 1:03pm

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Mequellios wrote:

That's one thing some studios don't get. Fans don't care if they have to wait. They care about a job well done.
Well, there are some people who want it done now and can't tell if it's done well or not. smile
Posted: Tue, 1st Jan 2008, 6:17pm

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Mequellios wrote:

I don't CARE if I have to wait! I want it done right, dammit! I would wait another three years if I had to. Maybe even longer. That's one thing some studios don't get. Fans don't care if they have to wait. They care about a job well done.
I'd wait for PJ to direct and everything to be perfect too... BUT...

It's not that simple. New Line Cinema only holds the rights to the Hobbit property only until like 2010 or something, so the movies need to get made before then. It sucks, but it's all a legal thing.

If PJ is involved, I have faith that he'll make sure nothing terrible happens.
Posted: Sun, 6th Jan 2008, 3:55am

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it would be cool if they got Andrew Adamson to direct it
Posted: Sun, 6th Jan 2008, 5:37pm

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wahwahweewah wrote:

it would be cool if they got Andrew Adamson to direct it
Hey, I mean I'd love to, but I don't know if they'd want me to. smile
Posted: Mon, 14th Jan 2008, 12:19pm

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This is absolutely fantastic news- with Peter on board and Weta- i believe it's in very safe hands! Looking forward to seeing updates in the next couple of years!