Sunday, October 17, 2010

"Far over the misty mountains..."


Variety reports "'The Hobbit' pics to shoot in February." But we'll have to wait until 2012, — and in 3D?!
New Line and MGM have officially greenlit The Hobbit with shooting starting in 3D in February and Peter Jackson directing. ....

New Line, MGM and Warner Bros. (parent of New Line) issued a joint announcement late Friday afternoon. It came nearly three years after they agreed to join up on a big-screen version of JRR Tolkien's epic fantasy novel about the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, who obtains the ring that was the centerpiece of The Lord of the Rings trilogy of books and films.

The announcement also confirmed that Jackson will direct both segments in addition to writing and exec producing. Jackson's been widely expected to direct since Guillermo Del Toro's departed the from the director gig in May. ....

"Exploring Tolkien's Middle-earth goes way beyond a normal film-making experience," Jackson said in the statement. "It's an all-immersive journey into a very special place of imagination, beauty and drama. We're looking forward to re-entering this wondrous world with Gandalf and Bilbo - and our friends at New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers and MGM."

Preproduction on the films has been underway for many months in New Zealand, where Jackson shot the Lord of the Rings trilogy for New Line. Del Toro, who committed to direct The Hobbit pics in 2008, said in May that sets, wardrobe, animatics and planned battles sequences had all been fully prepared. ....
'The Hobbit' pics to shoot in February - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety