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Jackson and Hobbits to Quest and Save Hollywood Yet Again?
Variety/Comingsoon ^ | Nov 14th 2006

Posted on 11/15/2006 10:09:15 AM PST by maquiladora

Variety reports that MGM chairman and chief executive Harry Sloan talked about the studio's five core franchises at the European Media Leaders Summit in London.

As for The Hobbit, Sloan confirmed that MGM was in advanced talks with Peter Jackson to make two movies based on JRR Tolkien's "prequel" to "The Lord of the Rings."

The first would be a direct adaptation of The Hobbit, and the second would be drawn from "footnotes and source material connecting 'The Hobbit' with 'Lord of the Rings,'" he explained.

An MGM spokesman emphasized that negotiations with Jackson are still in progress, and that production isn't likely until 2008 or even 2009.

(Excerpt) Read more at comingsoon.net ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; TV/Movies; The Hobbit Hole
KEYWORDS: hobbit; tolkien
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Good news for Tolkien fans....perhaps.
1 posted on 11/15/2006 10:09:20 AM PST by maquiladora
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To: HairOfTheDog

Ring Ping


2 posted on 11/15/2006 10:10:32 AM PST by maquiladora
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To: maquiladora

starring Barbra Mikulski as Bilbo Baggens and Helen Thomas as Gollum.


3 posted on 11/15/2006 10:11:10 AM PST by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: maquiladora; ecurbh; 2Jedismom; Corin Stormhands; g'nad; GulfWar1Vet; JenB; Rose in RoseBear; ...

Terrific News!


4 posted on 11/15/2006 10:14:22 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: maquiladora

Interesting that the story isn't that New Line might still buy the rights, but rather that MGM wants Jackson for an MGM production.


5 posted on 11/15/2006 10:18:15 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: DarthVader

OMG - too funny


6 posted on 11/15/2006 10:20:39 AM PST by Lil'freeper (You do not have the plug-in required to view this tagline.)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Is there anyway we can have hobbits and let Hollywood die?


7 posted on 11/15/2006 10:21:41 AM PST by Overtaxed
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To: Lil'freeper

And Jim Webb will be the voice of Smaug the dragon. The rest of the Democratic party will star as orcs and goblins.


8 posted on 11/15/2006 10:22:25 AM PST by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: maquiladora
Carville is still free to reprise his role as Gollum...


9 posted on 11/15/2006 10:22:52 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: HairOfTheDog
Yeah, it's confusing. As far as I was aware, up until recently MGM only held the North American distribution rights for the The Hobbit. New Line still hold the production rights to make the movie and the international distribution rights.

But from the way Sloan is talking it sounds like they've probably come to some sort of deal. A project like this is just too good to be left on the shelf, it's an instant blockbuster with a huge built in audience, hence why they are wanting to make two movies and not just one, sort of the antithesis of the problem with LOTR and Harvey Weinstein!

10 posted on 11/15/2006 10:24:40 AM PST by maquiladora
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To: maquiladora
WOO! WHOO!

Good news for a change! :o)

11 posted on 11/15/2006 10:32:23 AM PST by Anne of DC (A quote from a friend's calendar: "I like dogs, they are not political")
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To: Lil'freeper

and Barney Frank as Gandalf the Gay.


12 posted on 11/15/2006 10:34:47 AM PST by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: Anne of DC
Some comments from Peter Jackson from a few weeks back :

"Phil, Fran and I read the thing on the net and spent most of this morning talking about The Hobbit. We think the two film idea is really smart. One of the problems with The Hobbit is that it is a fairly simple kids story, and doesn't really feel like The Lord of the Rings. Tonally I mean. It's always may be a little worried, but with two films that kinda gets easier. It allows for more complexity. At that implied stuff with Gandalf and the White Council and the return of Sauron could be fully explored. That's what we talked about this morning. Taking The Hobbit and combining it with all that intigue about Sauron's rise, and the problems that has for Gandalf. It could be cool. That way, it starts feeling more like The Lord of the Rings and less like this kids book. You could even get into Gollum's sneaking into Mordor and Aragorn protecting The Shire. That's what we'd do. Love to work with Viggo again."

13 posted on 11/15/2006 10:39:58 AM PST by maquiladora
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...Sloan confirmed that MGM was in advanced talks with Peter Jackson to make two movies based on JRR Tolkien's "prequel" to "The Lord of the Rings."


Ring Ping!!

FrodoHobbit Hole troop support projects
Anyone wishing to be added to or removed from the Ring-Ping list, please don't hesitate to let me know.

14 posted on 11/15/2006 10:41:00 AM PST by ecurbh (The Dude abides...)
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To: maquiladora

As long as they don't "modernize" it.


15 posted on 11/15/2006 10:42:10 AM PST by Anne of DC (A quote from a friend's calendar: "I like dogs, they are not political")
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To: maquiladora

Real interesting! I like it.


16 posted on 11/15/2006 10:43:50 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: ecurbh

Thanks for the ping!


17 posted on 11/15/2006 10:44:14 AM PST by Anne of DC (A quote from a friend's calendar: "I like dogs, they are not political")
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To: HairOfTheDog
Hi Hair!

What's been happening on the HH thread, I saw were there was another wedding!

TalonDJ and JenB!

18 posted on 11/15/2006 10:45:44 AM PST by Anne of DC (A quote from a friend's calendar: "I like dogs, they are not political")
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To: ecurbh

Cool... It's about time.

The two-film thing is starting to look like a standard PJ approach to selling movies: Find a way to sell the same movie to the same people three or four times.

Theater, DVD (theatrical), DVD (extended), Box sets, Special editions... heh. Brilliant, actually.

I see there's a new "extended" DVD out for King Kong. Of course. :-)


19 posted on 11/15/2006 10:47:42 AM PST by Ramius
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To: Anne of DC

Well, that's one of the things that's happening... the rest is just a lot of talk, you know... what is lembas really made of... same ole same ole.... :~)


20 posted on 11/15/2006 10:48:15 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: Ramius
Find a way to sell the same movie to the same people three or four times.

And don't forget the wonderful moichendizing! As fast as we can write checks :~)

21 posted on 11/15/2006 10:51:43 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
Interesting!

No politics?

Good!

Maybe I did find a haven from that mess!

Or at least I hope HH is still free of pilitics. and full of HOBBITs! :o)

22 posted on 11/15/2006 10:53:15 AM PST by Anne of DC (A quote from a friend's calendar: "I like dogs, they are not political")
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To: Ramius

Heh, it's the George Lucas school of filmmaking... just make a few movies, then keep re-releasing and re-packaging them for all eternity.


23 posted on 11/15/2006 10:53:49 AM PST by ecurbh (The Dude abides...)
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To: Anne of DC

Well, only occasional politics, we aren't an island, more like a peninsula. :~)


24 posted on 11/15/2006 10:55:08 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

That'll do!


25 posted on 11/15/2006 10:57:10 AM PST by Anne of DC (A quote from a friend's calendar: "I like dogs, they are not political")
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To: HairOfTheDog

No man is an Isthmus.


26 posted on 11/15/2006 11:07:16 AM PST by Ramius
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To: maquiladora
For you Massive Multiplayer Online Folk:

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27 posted on 11/15/2006 11:10:17 AM PST by Jalapeno
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To: Ramius

How about an archipelago?


28 posted on 11/15/2006 11:13:24 AM PST by ecurbh (Rudy in 2008)
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To: HairOfTheDog
... what is lembas really made of...

I heard that!

29 posted on 11/15/2006 11:20:29 AM PST by ksen ("For an omniscient and omnipotent God, there are no Plan B's" - Frumanchu)
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To: ecurbh

Perhaps, but many more are Atolls. :-)


30 posted on 11/15/2006 11:21:15 AM PST by Ramius
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To: ksen

Hullo ksen!

It's like a flat cornbread.


31 posted on 11/15/2006 11:21:20 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

How many did you eat?


32 posted on 11/15/2006 11:22:20 AM PST by ksen ("For an omniscient and omnipotent God, there are no Plan B's" - Frumanchu)
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To: ksen

None since second breakfast. ;~)


33 posted on 11/15/2006 11:23:59 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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How about a land bridge - only passable during certain seasons...


34 posted on 11/15/2006 11:33:31 AM PST by Lil'freeper (You do not have the plug-in required to view this tagline.)
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To: HairOfTheDog

shortbread.


35 posted on 11/15/2006 11:35:09 AM PST by Lil'freeper (You do not have the plug-in required to view this tagline.)
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To: ksen

Whoa...haven't see you around in awhile!

We miss you!


36 posted on 11/15/2006 11:36:48 AM PST by RosieCotton (NaNoWriMo: 26403/50,000)
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To: maquiladora

I'd LOVE to see Jackson do the hobbit! I've been waiting patiently since LOTR.

the gobblin attack in teh misty mountains and bard's slaying of smaug are two scenes I'd dearly love to see!


37 posted on 11/15/2006 11:39:00 AM PST by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Vanilla wafers


38 posted on 11/15/2006 11:39:07 AM PST by Overtaxed
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To: maquiladora
>Good news for Tolkien fans....perhaps

Yeah, because Jackson's
first trilogy didn't suck
enough for real fans,

and his "King Kong" thing
didn't suck enough to end
his career out-right . . .

39 posted on 11/15/2006 11:39:15 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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Yeah, because Jackson's
first trilogy didn't suck
enough for real fans,

You know, you're on to something. I started watching the extended editions of the Jackson trilogy again recently. I have yet to watch Return of the King again, but I was watching the first two again, and I thought the first movie was a good adaptation of the Fellowship, but The Two Towers was really hit and miss. There were some really good individual scenes, but my main issue is that I really don't like Gimli and Faramir were portrayed.

40 posted on 11/15/2006 11:47:36 AM PST by Pyro7480 ("Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world." - Pope Blessed Pius IX)
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To: ecurbh

Thanks for the ping. I was just wondering about progress on this a few days ago.


41 posted on 11/15/2006 12:07:44 PM PST by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: camle; Ramius; ecurbh; All

Suppose it's too early to start looking for spoiler spy pics at TORN :~)


42 posted on 11/15/2006 12:12:49 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: maquiladora

Yay!!!


43 posted on 11/15/2006 12:16:10 PM PST by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: HairOfTheDog

I hear that Smaug dies on a big spikey wheel.


44 posted on 11/15/2006 12:18:54 PM PST by Ramius
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To: Ramius

45 posted on 11/15/2006 12:21:15 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

Vey cool! Thanks for the ping.


46 posted on 11/15/2006 12:41:37 PM PST by Peanut Gallery
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To: RosieCotton

Hi Rosie!

I've missed you guys too.

How's everything?


47 posted on 11/15/2006 2:02:57 PM PST by ksen ("For an omniscient and omnipotent God, there are no Plan B's" - Frumanchu)
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> ...I thought the first movie was a good adaptation of the Fellowship, but The Two Towers was really hit and miss...

I kinda-sorta
liked Fellowship. (Mostly Cate.)
The rest made me cringe.

48 posted on 11/15/2006 2:11:33 PM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: maquiladora
Exciting news! Question is, will Ian Holm be up to portraying Bilbo in his younger years?


49 posted on 11/15/2006 2:37:19 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (I'm not paranoid. But everyone thinks I am.)
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To: maquiladora

I suspect they were motivated by Peter Jackson's purchase of the rights to Naomi Novik's "His Majesty's Dragon" series. He would make a dragon movie using a book the Tolkien group had rights to, or one that he had rights to, and they needed to decide which one fast.

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/30014


50 posted on 11/15/2006 2:38:13 PM PST by Thud
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