THE HOBBIT MOVIE

MMP Mithril in Middle-Earth The Prancing Pony THE HOBBIT MOVIE

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  • #489
    Barliman
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    For those who don’t know, the eagerly awaited “Hobbit” movie has hit a snag. Well, several snags truth to tell. Firstly, and most dangerously perhaps, MGM have still not given a green light for filming to start. Er, which is hardly surprising because they’re 4 billio (yes, billion) dollars in debt, and have been trying to find a buyer for the past six months or more. And haven’t. Well, would you want to buy a company that’s already dug itself a hole that deep?

    So, they’re now considering breaking up their assets (principally the Tolkien franchise, the James Bond franchise, and their back-catalogue of over 4,000 movies) and selling the pieces individually to the highest bidder. This may not be a problem if the Hobbit project finds a sympathetic buyer, but if it’s a company that’s more interested in cash than artistic integrity the movie could be in for a rough ride. If it gets made at all.

    And there’s also the issue of who will produce it, because, sick of all the delays, Guillermo del Toro has jumped ship and will no longer be involved with the project. That doesn’t worry me too much – I was never enamoured of the notion of him producing the film(s) in the first place, but as they always say, better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know. But finding a suitable producer could prove quite a challenge if Jackson himself can’t/won’t find the time.

    So, it will be interesting to see how things pan out from here on in. But whatever happens, we’re all going to be quite a few years older before “the Hobbit” ever hits a cinema screen.

    #10272
    Barliman
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    For those who don’t know, the eagerly awaited “Hobbit” movie has hit a snag. Well, several snags truth to tell. Firstly, and most dangerously perhaps, MGM have still not given a green light for filming to start. Er, which is hardly surprising because they’re 4 billio (yes, billion) dollars in debt, and have been trying to find a buyer for the past six months or more. And haven’t. Well, would you want to buy a company that’s already dug itself a hole that deep?

    So, they’re now considering breaking up their assets (principally the Tolkien franchise, the James Bond franchise, and their back-catalogue of over 4,000 movies) and selling the pieces individually to the highest bidder. This may not be a problem if the Hobbit project finds a sympathetic buyer, but if it’s a company that’s more interested in cash than artistic integrity the movie could be in for a rough ride. If it gets made at all.

    And there’s also the issue of who will produce it, because, sick of all the delays, Guillermo del Toro has jumped ship and will no longer be involved with the project. That doesn’t worry me too much – I was never enamoured of the notion of him producing the film(s) in the first place, but as they always say, better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know. But finding a suitable producer could prove quite a challenge if Jackson himself can’t/won’t find the time.

    So, it will be interesting to see how things pan out from here on in. But whatever happens, we’re all going to be quite a few years older before “the Hobbit” ever hits a cinema screen.

    #10277
    Theobald
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    See, Master Baliman, that’s why I wanted to have that “Unexpected Party” at my home in time.
    Of course, I didn’t have to spend billions of coiny things for that … but nevertheless, they’re here … and to be honest, I didn’t want to produce a movie … just wanted to have a set of figures, sculpted with passion by The Man, reveiling how it all began … rhuoomm … so to me that’s all there is … huoomm

    #10311
    twrich
    Participant

    My good ESTEL, the answer is “yes,” to both of your questions!!!

    #11301
    ddaines
    Participant

    Just read on The One Ring web site….

    ‘Over at The Noldor Blog, there is serious speculation as to a potential announcement regarding The Hobbit around August 21st. And if so, indications suggest it would be a positive announcement for fans.

    The blog mentions how the Weta Cave is shutting for five days, then closing again a week later for what is called a “very secret private function”. In addition, a large amount of Lord Of The Rings / Hobbit sets and props are being pulled from storage, apparently in a somewhat urgent nature. Contacts he has spoken to feel an announcement is imminent and that the morale there is very high.

    While this confirms nothing, it does open a window of possibility that something is afoot. At the excellent The Frodo Franchise site, Kristin Thompson has added some of her thoughts on the matter as well. What do the TORN readers think? Talk about it on the message boards!

    #11302
    Barliman
    Participant

    Yet another rumour, I suspect, but it would be nice if it did mean something is afoot. On the other hand, I doubt that scenery will be rushing anywhere until a director has been appointed… Nor am I sure what the Weta Cave (the studio shop, which is absolutely tiny) has got to do with anything in terms of filming. Maybe they’re just stocktaking! But we shall see.

    #11310
    Gildor
    MMP Elder

    well, if you have the same site in english or french ;) that’ll be useful indeed ;)

    #12538
    Barliman
    Participant

    I see that the Hobbit movies (yes, movies) have finally, officially, got the green light, that Peter Jackson is to be Director, and that the role of Bilbo has been cast to one Martin Freeman – not an especially well known actor, though I do vaguely recognise his face; most importantly, he does have an eerie likeness to a younger version of Ian Holm!

    #12540
    Turambar
    Participant

    But I think, Master Freeman is a good choice. Let´s wait for Master Bowie in the role of Thranduil !

    #12541
    Barliman
    Participant

    That would be interesting…

    #12543
    twrich
    Participant

    Sounds like there are problem filming in New Zealand, hopefully the can be resolved.

    #12544
    Barliman
    Participant

    Yes, the unions are kicking up a fuss. It seems as if it’s justified too. If a settlement can’t be reached there’s been talk of filming in the Balkans instead. Perhaps some of my patrons in the Pony could get bit parts!

    #12546
    Thingol
    Participant

    …. I hope that this was last obstacle… and Hobbit will be soon in our cinemas… after all…

    and what about Bowie Master Archer… which Bowie… that Bowie… David Bowie… will singing Thranduil’s songs on elvish fiesta… … :)

    #12547
    Barliman
    Participant
    Thingol wrote:
    …. I hope that this was last obstacle… and Hobbit will be soon in our cinemas…

    “Soon” seems unlikely. There was always talk of it being about three years between the start of filming and the movie arriving in our cinemas, and filming isn’t planned to start until next February. Since the “tradition” is for Tolkien films to open in December, I’d guess that will mean they’ll aim at release in December 2013.

    And there remain many opportunities for slips between cup and lips…

    #12549
    Thingol
    Participant

    .. that’s not so far Master Barli…. 2013 in good conditions is only 1000 days and with good health and this is soon :) after all :)

    #12550
    Theobald
    Participant

    Now that’s what I call a positive way of thinking, Master Thingol. I wish I could also see things like that; but I’ll try …;)

    #12552
    Barliman
    Participant

    That should be easy for an unhasty tree, Master Theobald. I’m afraid I’m more the hasty kind.

    #12644
    erchamion
    Participant

    It seems to solve the problems instead of shooting the film: DEFINITELY THE HOBBIT WILL BE MADE IN NEW ZEALAND.

    #12654
    Thingol
    Participant

    Damn ! I’ve dreamed for a second that Hobbit movie shooting will be in Croatia :D

    #12686
    Turambar
    Participant

    Oh, after my last heli flyover I must say, that Hobbiton looks great ! 😎

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