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MGM to Unveil New Tentpoles (Movie company set to release Tolkien's The Hobbit!)
TheOneRing.net ^ | September 10, 2006 | Staff

Posted on 09/10/2006 5:10:57 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger

In a Variety article talking about MGM's move back into the tentpole business, the trade mentions a few highly-anticipated projects that are in the works:

Over the next few years, MGM is planning to release half a dozen films, some in the $150 million to $200 million-plus range. Studio is ready to unveil such high-profile projects as "Terminator 4"; one or two installments of "The Hobbit," which Sloan hopes will be directed by Peter Jackson; and a sequel to "The Thomas Crown Affair" with Pierce Brosnan.

It has already announced a "Pink Panther" sequel and the next 007 pic "Bond 22," due out in November 2008. "Rocky Balboa" unspools in February.

The pics are all franchises that MGM owns the rights to through its 4,000-title library. The goal is to release two or three tentpoles a year, all of which will be made with financial partners, including Wall Street money or other studios.


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This came from Variety, was picked up by Comingsoon.net, which was picked up by TheOneRing.net.

The exciting thing is, this thing is in the works now!

1 posted on 09/10/2006 5:10:58 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
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To: Joe 6-pack; k2blader; Richard Kimball; nicmarlo; Uncle Vlad; tbird5; Borges; ConservativeDude; ...

Ye Narnia fans might find some excitement here!


2 posted on 09/10/2006 5:11:51 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Lord, help me to be the Christian conservative that liberals fear I am.)
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What in the hell do they mean by "tent pole" ? Is that a big money spinner that subsidizes all the sucky R-rated "artiste" films that nobody watches?

-ccm

3 posted on 09/10/2006 5:14:04 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Terminator 4? I assume Arnold is a bit busy these days. What a pathetic and mercenary project.


4 posted on 09/10/2006 5:16:36 PM PDT by Borges
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Tentpoles? Color me not knowing what that means... :~)


5 posted on 09/10/2006 5:17:19 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Head On. Apply directly to the forehead!)
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6 posted on 09/10/2006 5:17:38 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (HHD: Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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...It has already announced a "Pink Panther" sequel ...

Let's hope not. At least not with Steve Martin.

7 posted on 09/10/2006 5:17:45 PM PDT by FReepaholic (This tagline could indicate global warming.)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Hing the Hobbit Pole!


8 posted on 09/10/2006 5:18:43 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (The Hole Ping.)
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Ring Ping!!

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9 posted on 09/10/2006 5:19:13 PM PDT by ecurbh (Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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What in the hell do they mean by "tent pole" ?

Looking at the titles it must mean endless sequels and remaking old films due to the complete lack of creativity in Hollywood.

10 posted on 09/10/2006 5:20:21 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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I believe tentpoles are blockbuster movies. The studio committs say 250 million and projects to make 700-1 bill. The revenue keeps the studio running for a few years, thus the movie holds up the tent that others can come inside.


11 posted on 09/10/2006 5:20:56 PM PDT by osideplanner
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~chuckling~


12 posted on 09/10/2006 5:21:50 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Head On. Apply directly to the forehead!)
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That makes a good visual description, thanks :~)


13 posted on 09/10/2006 5:22:27 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Head On. Apply directly to the forehead!)
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I'm not sure what they mean by "tent pole", but I THINK they mean that by creating new "episodes" of proven media performers, they will be able to not only generate sales for the new media, but will also cause a flurry of purchases of the original installments.

Stallone has been involved with a bunch of bombs, but Rocky is not really acting, so with a good script, Rocky as a trainer might work. The Hobbit will be a smash if Jackson directs.

14 posted on 09/10/2006 5:23:41 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (The most important thing is sincerity. Once you can fake that, everything else is easy.)
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As many remakes as there are now there were a lot more in the 30s, 40s and 50s..
15 posted on 09/10/2006 5:24:29 PM PDT by Borges
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there are some stinkers in there too. geez. pink panther.

well, at least they figured out the family friendly environment for movies. though i won't see some of those. geez.

16 posted on 09/10/2006 5:28:04 PM PDT by wildwood
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Why would they need two installments of the Hobbit? It was shorter than any of the LotR books.
17 posted on 09/10/2006 5:29:02 PM PDT by TheRealDBear
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Whoa! The Hobbit? Really? Put me down for three tickets!


18 posted on 09/10/2006 5:31:56 PM PDT by Monkey Face (The REAL sister of the REAL redhead. REALLY!)
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To: ecurbh

Could be cool!


19 posted on 09/10/2006 5:34:06 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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Studio is ready to unveil such high-profile projects as "Terminator 4"

Terminator 3 was horrible. T-2 was mediocre. T-1 was awesome

one or two installments of "The Hobbit,"

Who produced Lord of the Rings? That's who should do "The Hobbit"

A sequel to "The Thomas Crown Affair" with Pierce Brosnan.

What a waste of celluloid.

It has already announced a "Pink Panther" sequel

PP series were always good for a laugh.

the next 007 pic "Bond 22,"

Bond has never been worth the ticket price without Sean Connery and Roger Moore.

"Rocky Balboa" unspools in February.

Remember the scene against the Soviet fighter? There are some giant Russian heavyweights now.

20 posted on 09/10/2006 5:38:28 PM PDT by fso301
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