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OSCAR WINNER PETER JACKSON TO DIRECT “THE HOBBIT” IN TWO INSTALLMENTS (Green light given)
New Line/Warner Brothers ^ | October 15th, 2010 | Press Release

Posted on 10/15/2010 7:51:41 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla

OSCAR WINNER PETER JACKSON TO DIRECT “THE HOBBIT” IN TWO INSTALLMENTS
Peter Jackson Set to Direct J.R.R Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” In a Two-Part 3D Production of Extraordinary Scope
(Los Angeles, October 15, 2010) The two films based on “The Hobbit” are now greenlit and will begin principal photography in February 2011, under the direction of Peter Jackson, it was jointly announced today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema, Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. and Steve Cooper, co-Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc..
“Exploring Tolkien’s Middle-earth goes way beyond a normal film-making experience” Jackson says, “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”.

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


TOPICS: TV/Movies; The Hobbit Hole
KEYWORDS: hobbits; jackson; movies
This is the official announcement that the Hobbit movies will be made, actors can be hired, contracts can be made.
1 posted on 10/15/2010 7:51:48 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

About time!


2 posted on 10/15/2010 7:52:45 PM PDT by doc1019 (Martyrdom is a great thing, until it is your turn.)
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To: HairOfTheDog; Corin Stormhands; Rose in RoseBear; Bear_in_RoseBear; Overtaxed; RosieCotton; ...

PING!


3 posted on 10/15/2010 7:53:02 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: doc1019

You can say that again! The purists will be upset about the 3-D, but they are still griping about Tom Bombadil.


4 posted on 10/15/2010 7:54:46 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Amen! Although I hope they stick closer to the book then the Trilogy series did. Although I will concede, if they had included all that was in the trilogy books, we would still be watching movie number one.


5 posted on 10/15/2010 8:01:35 PM PDT by doc1019 (Martyrdom is a great thing, until it is your turn.)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Excellent news, but do we have any idea about potential cast members??

Bilbo?? Gandalf?? Thorin Oakenshield??

??


6 posted on 10/15/2010 8:04:08 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Now what kind of a geroo are you anyway?)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Waiting for Smaug


7 posted on 10/15/2010 8:04:42 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
The purists will be upset about the 3-D

3-D, eh? Well, that's cool. I just hope they shoot it in 2-D simultaneously.

You know, if I'd read the trilogy before seeing the movies, I'd likely be a purist, too. In the case of LOTR, I'm happy that I'm doing it backwards. I probably wouldn't have enjoyed the movies half as much, if I'd known the story, beforehand.

8 posted on 10/15/2010 8:05:49 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

3D is only bad if they focus on that so much the 2D viewed version is blech.


9 posted on 10/15/2010 8:09:49 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

What about Tom Bombadil? They’re not leaving the character out, are they?

Btw, I always thought if young, Patrick Macnee would’ve made the perfect Bombadil.


10 posted on 10/15/2010 8:10:38 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: doc1019

And the downside to such a thing would be...??


11 posted on 10/15/2010 8:11:38 PM PDT by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

I use to always pass over the part of Tom Bombadil but, as I have grown older, that story has become precious to me. As much as the story seemed out of place in the whole of LOR so is Tom’s life in respect to the whole of Middle-earth.

We all yearn for our own safe place where the terrors of the of the world CANNOT intrude. I could go on but... it’s time for bed!


12 posted on 10/15/2010 8:14:12 PM PDT by Texaspeptoman (Even cannibals get fed-up with people sometimes...!)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Guess I’m a purist. :-)

I just find 3D to be distracting from the story ...


13 posted on 10/15/2010 8:14:40 PM PDT by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Wow. Two movies for such a short book? I hope that the attention to detail is worth the effort.

I wonder what continuity Jackson will be able to bring to the story, in casting decisions and so forth. As I recall, only Gandalf, Bilbo, and Gollum actually occur as characters in both The Hobbit and LOTR.

14 posted on 10/15/2010 8:16:55 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: pillut48

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!! LOL!


15 posted on 10/15/2010 8:17:13 PM PDT by doc1019 (Martyrdom is a great thing, until it is your turn.)
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To: Bean Counter

‘Excellent news, but do we have any idea about potential cast members??’

I expect that they will start signing contracts and announcing cast members almost immediately. It is expected that the cast members from TLOTR who were in the Hobbit will repeat (Gandalf, Elrond, Gollum, Galadriel). Bilbo is much too old, and Saruman probably is too (he wasn’t in the book, but it is expected that the White Council will be included in the movies). Speculation has included nearly every English speaking actor in the world. Go to “ http://www.theonering.net/ “ for discussions.


16 posted on 10/15/2010 8:18:55 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
but they are still griping about Tom Bombadil

And:

No Fatty Bolger and the house on the edge of the Old Forest
Arwen carrying Frodo to the ford
Not forging Anduril before they left Rivendell
Aragorn's bizarre reluctance to assume his rightful station
The Elves showing up at Helm's Deep
No Dúnedain accompanying Aragorn in the Paths of the Dead
No Scouring of the Shire

,etc.

But the films were a good effort.

17 posted on 10/15/2010 8:20:44 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Am working on plans for a Knights Templar Community Center next to the Kaaba in Mecca.)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Two movies sounds like someone is trying to milk too much from too little material. I recently re-read The Hobbit, and just don't think it justifies 2/3s of the treatment of LOTR.

A pox upon Tom Bombadil. Everytime I force myself to read that section, I have to wonder if Tolkien wrote this part before he had any idea where the rest of the story might go, and he was reluctant to take a blue pencil to it later.
18 posted on 10/15/2010 8:22:14 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: Ready4Freddy

Heck, I was a fan of Prince Imrahil, but they left him out anyhow.


19 posted on 10/15/2010 8:23:31 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Nepeta

They are going to include some of the darker material that occurs only as stories in The Hobbit, such as the White Council and the Necromancer.


20 posted on 10/15/2010 8:26:10 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Texaspeptoman

“I have grown older, that story has become precious to me.”

It’s been called that before but not by you. I think you’ve had that story quite long enough. ;)


21 posted on 10/15/2010 8:30:37 PM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

LOL!


22 posted on 10/15/2010 8:55:59 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Thanks! I know a lot of people have been looking forward to this for some time, and I really hope that this same group considers tackling some of the other Tolkien sagas as well...




23 posted on 10/15/2010 9:03:32 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Now what kind of a geroo are you anyway?)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

My husband wondered if anyone would get it. When I was pregnant with my 3rd child, my husband worked nights and I didn’t sleep well. I fell asleep watching those movies every night. I have them memorized.


24 posted on 10/15/2010 9:04:34 PM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

I am one of the Hobbit Hole Hobbits, ever since the original HH thread. Actually I started posting about the philosophical importance of the Ring movies since about the time they started filming them. Can’t say I’ve memorized them though. First read the books in the 1960’s.


25 posted on 10/15/2010 9:25:55 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Bean Counter

Well the Silmarilion has about 10,000 years of history to adapt, but folks aren’t as familiar with it as TLOTR or The Hobbit.


26 posted on 10/15/2010 9:28:59 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

I see a young Aragorn sliding into the screen, as well as Legolas (for the chicks in the audience).

Elrond and Saruman, of course, and maybe a reappearence of the Witch-King (at Dol Guldur by this time).


27 posted on 10/15/2010 9:40:39 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Marking Time On The Government's Dime)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

As Christian mythologist Tolkein is unsurpassed, imo, even by C.S. Lewis. I too read the books in the 60’s, twice. The second time straight through in 3 days. That was long ago and far away....


28 posted on 10/15/2010 9:47:33 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (The American Revolution is just as unpopular with statists today as it was at our founding.)
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To: Old Sarge

Legolas is particularly possible, since he was a Wood Elf, the ones that Bilbo and the dwarves meet up with. According to most chronologies, Aragorn would have been a teen-ager or younger. The character is possible, but not Viggo.


29 posted on 10/15/2010 9:51:46 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Bean Counter
The Silmarillion can be heard on You Tube. I've been up 'til past midnight this last week listening to the story and following the events on various maps available on the 'net. It is now precious to me.

To make the story into a quality movie - which would require many installments - would be a feat near to the creation of the Sillmarills themselves.

30 posted on 10/15/2010 10:52:58 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Since good ‘ol Tom Bombadill was missing, it has me wondering if Beorn, the shape shifter will be included.


31 posted on 10/15/2010 11:06:40 PM PDT by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: Ready4Freddy
No Scouring of the Shire

They blew the whole effort right there. It was the point of everything, according to Gandalf.

32 posted on 10/15/2010 11:18:47 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (“The contract with America is the Constitution.” - Sharron Angle)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Should have been one movie. Making it in two parts is a marketing decision, not an artistic one.


33 posted on 10/15/2010 11:19:52 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (“The contract with America is the Constitution.” - Sharron Angle)
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To: EternalVigilance
Alia jacta est.
34 posted on 10/15/2010 11:22:25 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

My opinion of Peter Jackson as a movie maker was marred forever by having to sit through a screening of his remake of King Kong.


35 posted on 10/15/2010 11:24:55 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (“The contract with America is the Constitution.” - Sharron Angle)
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To: EternalVigilance

‘It was the point of everything, according to Gandalf.’

A good example of why a novel can’t be fully transmitted to film. As drama the Scouring of the Shire would have been an enormous anti-climax.


36 posted on 10/15/2010 11:25:21 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Not if it was done properly, I don’t believe.

But, in any case, it would have been better than the nonsense they tacked on the end of it anyway.


37 posted on 10/15/2010 11:29:05 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (“The contract with America is the Constitution.” - Sharron Angle)
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To: EternalVigilance

The ending of the movie was similar in tone to the end of the books, Bilbo, Frodo, and the last Elves sailing out of the Grey Havens, and Sam returning to his happy home.


38 posted on 10/15/2010 11:37:21 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Turning things over to the night shift, good night.


39 posted on 10/15/2010 11:38:44 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Great news!


40 posted on 10/15/2010 11:40:38 PM PDT by nutmeg (18 days 'til Election Day... RetireBarney.com)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

IMO, it was very poorly done.


41 posted on 10/15/2010 11:42:17 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (“The contract with America is the Constitution.” - Sharron Angle)
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To: Beowulf9

Bombadil didn’t appear in The Hobbit. He was left out of LOTR.


42 posted on 10/16/2010 7:49:34 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Am working on plans for a Knights Templar Community Center next to the Kaaba in Mecca.)
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To: muleskinner

There is plenty of material to draw on from the Book of Lost Tales I&II as well...The Fall of Gondolin comes particularly to mind...

Telling the tale of the Silmarils and keeping it as close to the text as possible would be an even bigger challenge than LOTR was, but it could be done, but it would be a life’s work to keep a project like that on track. It would also be a way to break out of the entire cast of LOTR and start fresh with a new cast, but it would take more than three films to do it right.

Back to the Hobbit...I’ll be very interested to see who they pick up for the Dwarves too...


43 posted on 10/16/2010 9:22:28 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Now what kind of a geroo are you anyway?)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

WooHoo!!


44 posted on 10/16/2010 7:11:07 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ

Yep, we are now in the Second Age, the time of The Hobbit.


45 posted on 10/16/2010 7:13:40 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: doc1019

True, it would have been interminable. I think Peter Jackson did an awesome job bringing Tolkein’s words to life. Folks can quibble about what was left in, and what was left out (The Scouring of the Shire, IMO, chief among many), but all in all it was a wonderful group of films.


46 posted on 10/16/2010 7:14:42 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
You can say that again! The purists will be upset about the 3-D, but they are still griping about Tom Bombadil.

I could dispense with Tom Bombadil, which wasn't really crucial to the story line, but I WAS upset about them leaving out "The scouring of the Shire", where the combat-veteran hobbits return to the Shire and deal a final conclusion to Saruman (who had taken over while they were busy with Mordor)

47 posted on 10/16/2010 7:19:01 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Bilbo is much too old.

Not necessarily. One of the first things Gandalf says to Bilbo at the beginning of Fellowship is, "You haven't aged a day". It's my understanding that from the time Bilbo found the One Ring, his aging slowed, because of the power bestowed on the one who possesses it. So whatever Bilbo looked like at the beginning of Fellowship is what he would look like in The Hobbit. I could understand, though, if Jackson wants to go with someone a little younger than Ian Holm; it certainly wouldn't make me enjoy the movie any less.

48 posted on 10/16/2010 7:24:16 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: PapaBear3625

See #36, above.


49 posted on 10/16/2010 7:25:10 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: SuziQ

Sir Ian (Holm) has long said he is simply not up to it. (Nice to have a cast with TWO ‘Sir Ians’ again though).


50 posted on 10/16/2010 7:28:14 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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