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Postby Sir Kohran » Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:57 pm

http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Movies/12/18/film.thehobbit.ap/index.html

It seems like a movie version of The Hobbit worthy of the LOTR movies may be happening after all :o To be honest I'm not surprised; I doubt New Line would honestly have gone ahead without PJ at the helm. That would be the equivalent of having more books written without Tolkien as the writer.

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Postby Maedhros » Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:00 pm

Well, I won't pretend I am happy ;)

On a more serious note I think this could be a lot better that LOTR. The Hobbit is (or seems to be to me) much easier to do as a movie...
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Postby FullNelson » Sat Dec 22, 2007 10:16 pm

maybe if we are lucky they will make LEGO sets
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Postby Prince Imdol » Sat Dec 22, 2007 10:32 pm

Well this is a pleasant surprise. The LOTR movies were good, so this cannot be that bad. However, I wonder if the same characters will be in it, or who will play Gandalf and Biblo. I will have to re-read the book to familiarize myself with the plot again.


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Postby Quickblade22 » Sat Dec 22, 2007 11:17 pm

I saw this a few days ago as well. I read somewhere that he was only producing and not directing though. If PJ is loyal to himself, he will bring back the crew that helped him get all the awards the first time around. As for actors, I do remember hearing Ian Mckellen saying that he would love to play Gandalf again. I think it was during the X3 press releases. He was basically commenting on how they used the new tenique of using pictures of himself and Patrick Stewart to morph their faces to look younger. Andy Serkis would deffinatly be back in the mix, why not. The only other character that would have to come back would be Elrond played by Hugo Weaving. PJ had already said that a new younger Bilbo would need to be cast. I can't rember where I read these things, but I do know that I saw them.
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Postby Blueandwhite » Sun Dec 23, 2007 12:01 am

I guess this is going to be a wait-and-see kind of thing anyhow given that Hollywood is at a standoff with its writers. Still, the thought of a Hobbit movie that ties in well with the LotR trilogy is something I wouldn't complain about.
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Postby Black Falcon » Mon Dec 24, 2007 6:53 pm

*runs around screaming head off in joy* I saw the announcement last week when it first came out. Am I excited? Well... a little... :wink:

Sad to hear PJ's not directing, but if they've got him on board as executive producer I'll bet he'll have a lot of say (and not be one of those executive producers that just put up money for the project- PJ will have power!). As long as WETA's on board, it's filmed in New Zealand, and Ian McKellen is Gandalf again I'm happy.

The Hobbit is my favorite book. I'm sure the movie (excuse me... movies!) will do it justice. Now if I can only swing a job as a PA or extra on the set... :)
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Postby Count » Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:15 pm

Hmm I wonder though, are 2 films really needed for the Hobbit or is it just a way to make more money?

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Postby Sir Kohran » Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:47 pm

Count wrote:Hmm I wonder though, are 2 films really needed for the Hobbit or is it just a way to make more money?

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I'm afraid the latter is probably the more likely...let's be honest here, after the success of LOTR, New Line are in this primarily for the (predictably) huge profits a sequel/prequel will bring in.

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Postby Quickblade22 » Tue Dec 25, 2007 4:24 am

Ok, here is how I heard it to be. The first movie will be the Hobbit. The second movie will be a tie in movie to fill in the gaps between The Hobbit and the LOTR triology using Unfinished Tales and some unpublished materials. Let the chaos begin. Here is my gift to all of you who are interested.
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What does the future hold for arguably the most anticipated film on the studio's development slate, The Hobbit? Sloan confirmed that MGM is in early discussions with Peter Jackson to make two films. The first film would be a straight-up adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's prequel to The Lord of the Rings. And the second, he says, would be crafted using "footnotes and source material connecting The Hobbit with Lord of the Rings."

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Postby Heir of Black Falcon » Fri Jan 25, 2008 7:06 pm

I have been following this fairly closely as I am rather obsessed with LotR and Tolkiens works.

According to the head of MGM who has a fair deal of say in what happens PJ will get a great deal of creative control on much of the production.

I think the intermediate movie will make it so they do not have to cut the hobbit down much as well as connect the LotR and the Hobbit nicely. They will use the material from the end appendices of Return of the King and things hinted at in the hobbit like the Necromancer of Dol Guldor, the White Council and such to make up the second movie. PJ supposedly has had the idea of two parts to the Hobbit since before the Return of the King was finished.

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Postby Quickblade22 » Sat Feb 09, 2008 12:58 am

Here is some follow up information I just read today: http://movies.ign.com/articles/850/850653p1.html

I don't want to take the Lego out of this discussion, so I will say that I'm anxiously anticipating these movies so that I can see more Tolkien inspired MOCs and more custom figs.
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Postby Azaghal » Sat Feb 09, 2008 9:37 pm

Hmm. While I'd love to see a Hobbit movie, adding too much of the stuff found in the background material might distract from the main story - Bilbo's journey. Anything more than that - especially if it explores stuff that happened after Bilbo got home - is treading dangerously into "more books written without Tolkien as the writer" territory. :?

On the other hand, one continuity nod I would like to see is a Legolas cameo at some point during the Mirkwood scenes.
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Postby Tower of Iron Will » Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:30 pm

If the Hobbit is done in the same quality as LOTR, then the more the better. What I also hope for but am extremely doubtful about it happening is the Similarion being brought to the big screen. There is so much inspiration from that book, well lets just say that the more PJ does the better.
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Postby Danielas » Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:23 pm

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