Skip to comments.MGM to Unveil New Tentpoles (Movie company set to release Tolkien's The Hobbit!)
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.
The exciting thing is, this thing is in the works now!
Ye Narnia fans might find some excitement here!
Terminator 4? I assume Arnold is a bit busy these days. What a pathetic and mercenary project.
Tentpoles? Color me not knowing what that means... :~)
Fear! Fire! Foes! Awake!
Let's hope not. At least not with Steve Martin.
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Looking at the titles it must mean endless sequels and remaking old films due to the complete lack of creativity in Hollywood.
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.
That makes a good visual description, thanks :~)
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.
well, at least they figured out the family friendly environment for movies. though i won't see some of those. geez.
Whoa! The Hobbit? Really? Put me down for three tickets!
Could be cool!
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.
It's the last cash cow from Tolkien's pen, so they want to milk it. Also, they had to cut out huge swaths of LOTR to make it fit into the movie time frame and even then, they were long films.
I've wondered why they haven't done the same thing with the Harry Potter series. When you have something that you KNOW is going to be a hit if done correctly, why not film the whole thing at once, then cut it for two movies, releasing one for the big Christmas season, and one for the summer season?
There's still The Sil - which I would love to see made into a movie.
I am looking forward to Casino Royale.
Ive heard great things about test screenings of it, and there is a brand new trailer out there on youtube, released in the last couple of days, that kicks major ass.
Besides, I think Mel Brooks did that movie as well as it could have been done. One thing you nailed was that Brooks probably did a better job casting movies than almost any other director. In Young Frankenstein, you had Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Terri Garr, and Madeline Kahn, none of whom were major stars at the time. It was just a brilliant ensemble cast.
Just as a side note, Matthew Broderick has tried in the last few years to recreate roles originally created by master performers, who did them perfectly the first time, specifically Gene Wilder in the Producers and Robert Preston in the Music Man. I haven't seen the Producers, but the Music Man was almost painful to watch. Broderick made it look like a high school play.
I want my John Carter of Mars movies!
Of course, having had the original one on an LP that we pretty well wore out, and the DVD of The Music Man being the first DVD I ever bought...I'm a tad biased, I admit.
Kewl...hopefully this happens, and gets done well! I worry a bit because it's a different company, though. What if PJ isn't allowed to direct for them?
Notice that EVERY SINGLE ONE of those films mentioned is a sequel to a previous film or film franchise! Are there no new ideas in Hollywood anymore? (BTW I saw one last night; "Idiocracy" by Mike Judge, but the studio isn't promoting it).
Was thinking the same thing--and not even a whole three hours.
Shirley Jones as Marion, Buddy Hackett, Harry Hickock, the Buffalo Bills, every single character was a work of art.
That's exactly what they did with Pirates of the Caribbean II and III, though they are holding PotC3 for next summer.
One of these days, I'm going to have to watch that movie with a notepad and pencil, just to note the number of times that "the 'N' word" is used... One of the funniest scenes was when Taggert (Slim Pickens) tell's Heddy That's Hedley Lamar why he's wearing a bandage on his head... "That uppity n...r went and hit me in the head with a shovel." That line's a classic, in the way it was told. BTW, I could have sworn that Boris the Hangman was Jonathan Winters: It wasn't. It was Robert Ridgely, who played "Colonel James" in Boogie Nights.
It was just a brilliant ensemble cast.
I think that's always been one of Mel Brooks' strongest points, writing for an ensemble cast. After all, he was one of the writers for "Your Show of Shows." Another stroke of genius for Blazing Saddles was getting a bunch of real Western actors to play in the movie. Slim Pickens was amazing.
It would take 40 movies to put The Silmarillion onscreen.
I think Disney was surprised at the success of the first Pirates, but they really stepped up to the plate with their sequel.
Well, I'm willing to forgive them for "The Hobbit." Let's face it, the previous versions (all animated) really sucked. I would LOVE to see the prequel to LotR, directed by Peter Jackson. I can't wait to see Smaug!
"Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for we are subtle, and quick to anger..." Gandalf the Gray
"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup..." Smaug the Dragon
My favorite lines:
"Don't shoot him. You'll only make him mad."
"Pardon me while I whip this out."
BTW, Brooks talked about one scene that was cut short because they got cold feet. In the sequence where Madeline Kahn is in the dark with Cleavon Little and says, "it's twue! It's twue!" the next line was supposed to be, "Quit sucking on my elbow!" Also, the Cleavon Little part was originally written for Richard Pryor, but the studio was worried because Pryor was starting to have the drug problems, etc.
I am VERY doubtful that the Silmarillion would ever be made into a film. Not enough of a market, and the special effects would be enormous. Plus, you'd have to pick just one story to tell. After all, the whole Downfall of the Lord of the Rings and the Return of the King tale was just one tale among many that Tolkien chose to flesh out to the extent he did.
Political correctness has destoryed any chance of a movie like that ever coming out again.
Nobody is allowed to laugh as themselves anymore or make fun of any minorities anymore all in good fun.
"Baby, I am not from Havana." line from blazing saddles. Brilliant.
Excellent news! I only hope that Ian Holm and Ian McKellan both sign on to play Bilbo Baggins and gandalf, respectively.
This time around, Peter Jackson really would have a legion of Dwarves, fully armed, and filthy....
I don't think Blazing Saddles could be made today.
They're people of the land, the common clay of the new west. You know... morons.
I was disappointed they cut the entire return of the hobbits to fight for the Shire...that's a story in itself. I'm sure they could get at least two movies from Hobbit though. So much ground to cover. Can't wait for that.
Yeah, and Tom Bombadil.
That was PJ's decision. He said the scenes with Tom Bombadil had nothing else whatever to do with the story (I think Tolkien wrote a separate book of poetry about Tom Bombadil) and he didn't like "The Scouring of the Shire" because he said it was too much of a downer. Not that those scenes were filmed and cut.
Ring Ping, indeed. That will get us back to the movie theaters..
I agree, most Hollywood films are tripe. I don't go to see most of them.
If you want an air of originality, one movie I really enjoyed was Nanny McPhee. The trailer didn't seem all that appealing. But check it out. It's really great.
My Mama and Daddy went to the drive in to see that movie with my oldest brother and his wife. The men were in front, and the ladies in back. My Mama said she'd never see my Daddy or my brother laugh so much in all her life. She and my s-i-l thought THEY were funnier than the movie, and that's saying a lot!
I remember reading that about Tom Bombadil. It really didn't have much to do with the rest of the movie, but it would be a good story. I doubt they'll make it any time soon....maybe it's a thought for the future after the "Hobbit" movies.
I regret that the Return of the King didn't have the scouring of the Shire also. However, I think it would have made the movie just too long. I believe there is a message in it, though, that wars in far away lands have consequences near to home -- and the lack of that part weakend the denouement of the story somewhat.
I think in the extended DVD release there's a hat tip to Tom in some lines spoken by Treebeard.