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Old 12-18-2007, 12:16 PM   #1
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The Hobbit........... News

Well looks like New Line and Peter Jackson have come to an agreement. Peter Jackson will be the producer to the prequel to the Lord of the Rings Films.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071218/...ilm_the_hobbit

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Peter Jackson to produce `The Hobbit'

By JAKE COYLE, AP Entertainment Writer 47 minutes ago

NEW YORK - Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema have reached agreement to make J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," a planned prequel to the blockbuster trilogy "The Lord of the Rings."
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Jackson, who directed the "Rings" trilogy, will serve as executive producer for "The Hobbit." A director for the prequel films has yet to be named.

Relations between Jackson and New Line had soured after "Rings," despite a collective worldwide box office gross of nearly $3 billion — an enormous success. The two sides nevertheless were able to reconcile, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) splitting "The Hobbit" 50/50, spokemen for both studios said Tuesday.

"I'm very pleased that we've been able to put our differences behind us, so that we may begin a new chapter with our old friends at New Line," Jackson said in a statement. "We are delighted to continue our journey through Middle Earth."

Two "Hobbit" films are scheduled to be shot simultaneously, similar to how the three "Lord of the Rings" films were made. Production is set to begin in 2009 with a released planned for 2010, with the sequel scheduled for a 2011 release.

New Line Cinema is owned by Time Warner. Sony and Comcast are among the owners of MGM.

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How are they making two movies out of such a short book ?

Good that PJ gets to revisit Middle-Earth. How much of a say will he have as a producer ?
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What is it with all of these fantasy movies? A couple of successful ones and the floodgates get opened.
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There were always plans to make The Hobbit (at least there were when the others were completed), but this dispute between Wingnut and New Line prevented any specifics from being set earlier.

Also, only one film will be based on The Hobbit. The second film will be a bridge between it and LOTR, with material taken from The Silmarilion and some of Tolkein's other writings. That's the one I'm really looking forward to; The Hobbit is more of a family film type of story. It does have a big dragon in it though.
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Best news ive heard all year
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There were always plans to make The Hobbit (at least there were when the others were completed), but this dispute between Wingnut and New Line prevented any specifics from being set earlier.

Also, only one film will be based on The Hobbit. The second film will be a bridge between it and LOTR, with material taken from The Silmarilion and some of Tolkein's other writings. That's the one I'm really looking forward to; The Hobbit is more of a family film type of story. It does have a big dragon in it though.
The Silmarilion, after you get through the first 100 pages, remains, in my opinion, the best book of the bunch, including the LOTR trilogy.
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Yeah, but you better bring a head lamp and a pick ax to get through those first 100 pages.
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Yeah, but you better bring a head lamp and a pick ax to get through those first 100 pages.
I agree, but, it really is worth it.
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I will say this about those first 100 pages: Tolkien's vision of the creation of the world is one of the most wondrous ideas I've read.
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The Silmarilion, after you get through the first 100 pages, remains, in my opinion, the best book of the bunch, including the LOTR trilogy.
The Creation Story is probably my favorite Tolkien tale. I thought it was incredible.
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Best news ive heard all year
It is pretty exciting, isn't it?
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If Peter Jackson's only serving as a producer, which director would you like to see step in?

I think Guillermo Del Toro would be the best choice.
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I too think The Silmarilion is his finest undertaking but it takes patience.....

Not too stoked about The Hobbit. A great read when you're a kid, but when you try to go back to it....I guess the youngsters will eat it up.
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If Peter Jackson's only serving as a producer, which director would you like to see step in?

I think Guillermo Del Toro would be the best choice.

Yes.

Really, anyone but Sam Raimi (who has been rumored). The last thing we need is TWO guys with bad b-movie tendencies working on this thing.
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Will the same actor be playing Bilbo? Isn't he a bit... er... old?
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