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[28.05.2011] Via Facebook schreibt Peter Jackson...
Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas. I'm excited to announce today that we'll be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more. I’m thrilled to be working with Orlando again. Funny thing is, I look older - and he doesn’t! I guess that's why he makes such a wonderful elf.

[24.05.2011] RoS meldet...
[...] the latest on The Hobbit front was apparently supposed to be a secret as Martin Freeman, who plays the lead role as Bilbo Baggins in the film, revealed backstage at the BAFTA TV awards this weekend that his "Sherlock" co-star Benedict Cumberbatch has secured a role in the film. Problem is, apparently it was supposed to be a secret.
Quoted by the UK's The Digital Spy Freeman said, "I knew I was a big mouth, I didn't know how much of a big mouth, and I've ruined everything. And now I might not have a job to go back to!" Of course, this is most likely sarcasm considering this isn't exactly jaw-dropping news. On top of that, the role Cumberbatch will be playing was not revealed.
However, on the character front that hasn't stopped people from speculating as Russ Fischer at Slash Film writes that Cumberbatch "could well be in line to play Bard the Bowman... one of the last big roles that doesn't yet have a name attached." [..] David Tennant ("Doctor Who") was once rumored for the same role. [...]

[19.05.2011] Via Facebook schreibt Peter Jackson...
Some more HOBBIT casting news today. As we near the end of our first shooting block (we have a break in less than three weeks to get some editing and visual effects work done, plus prepare for very big scenes coming up), we are looking at characters featuring in sequences that take place a little later in the story.
We are thrilled to confirm that Stephen Fry will be playing The Master of Laketown. I've known Stephen for several years, and we're developing a DAMBUSTERS movie together. In addition to his writing skills, he's a terrific actor and will create a very memorable Master for us.
The Master's conniving civil servant, Alfrid will be played by Ryan Gage. Ryan is a great young actor who we originally cast in a small role, but we liked him so much, we promoted him to the much larger Alfrid part.
Last, and certainly not least, is Conan Stevens, who will be playing an Orc called Azog (Orcs are never called Roger or Dennis for some strange reason). And yes that's his name—Conan! Isn't that cool? Azog is played by Conan! Here's a photo of Conan and I together... I'm pretty tall, probably at least 6'5" or 6'6" I would guess, so that gives you some clue how tall Conan is! You can learn all about him at
Got a busy day's shooting ahead, so I'm about to jump in the car—but look out for the beginning of the 20 questions answers very soon. Thanks for the questions, many are very insightful. I've been through all of them and have a list ready to go. [...]

[11.05.2011] Ian McKellen alias Gandalf schreibt auf seiner Website ...
Martin Freeman has left The Hobbit.
This is not another April Fool, just a May Fact. Before signing as Bilbo, Martin had agreed to make three 90-minute TV films in London, again playing Dr Watson to Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes. No worries: he'll be back in Middle Earth after our first hiatus, during which Peter Jackson will have spare time to edit the scenes already completed. The rest of the cast remains on duty for another few weeks, working on hobbit-less sections of the film. These involve dwarves of course but also elves, with Hugo Weaving back for a stretch as Lord Elrond.
Hugo was recently onstage as Astrov in Chekov's Uncle Vanya for the Sydney Theatre Company, whose director, Cate Blanchett, played Yelena. Before she returns as Galadriel, they will reprise their production at Washington DC's Kennedy Center in August. I shall miss the revival, because of my own play, Eduardo De Filippo's The Syndicate at Chichester Festival Theatre and a short UK tour.
Another slim-line elf returning from LOTR, is a local: New Zealand's actor/comedian/singer Bret McKenzie. Last time, he was an extra at Rivendell, the elven Last Homely House in the East. Under a tree at the Council of Elrond, he silently witnessed the forming of the Fellowship. Wordless maybe but not unnoticed by fans of the beautiful, who gave him the acronym F.I.G.W.I.T. ("Frodo Is Great! Who Is That?") I confess Gandalf didn't take much notice, distracted by the main action that involved all the main characters.
I only joined Bret's fan-base, when he joined up with Jermaine Clement in their hilarious tv series Flight of the Conchords. Now he is briefly back in Rivendell as a senior official at Elrond's Court and he has a name "Lindir", which means "singer". Tolkien has plenty of songs in The Hobbit but the script doesn't indicate that Lindir will be singing any of them. If, as he promises, Bret makes a Conchord feature film ere long, I shall angle for a non-speaking part as BIGWIT. ("Bret Is..." etc.)
And there's another wizard in town, preparing to make his appearance as Radagast the Brown, the eccentric friend of Gandalf's, played by Sylvester McCoy who was last in Wellington in 2007, King Lear's Fool in the Royal Shakespeare production in which I was his nuncle, now Sylvester's nick-name for me. This week he has been trying out his make-up and costume. At the prospect of our scenes together, Nuncle couldn't be happier.

[02.05.2011] Via Facebook schreibt Peter Jackson...
[...] Dean O'Gorman will be playing Fili. Dean's a terrific Kiwi actor, who I am thrilled to be working with. He's recently been in an excellent TV series down here called "The Almighty Johnsons", and I should let fans of that show know that our shooting schedule allows Dean to continue with a second series next year. Dean will be joining us next week.
I'm also pleased to announce that Lee Pace will be playing the Elven King Thrandruil. Casting these Tolkien stories is very difficult, especially the Elven characters, and Lee has always been our first choice for Thrandruil. He's going to be great. We loved his performance in a movie called "The Fall" a few years ago, and have been hoping to work with him since. When we were first discussing who would be right for Thrandruil, Lee came into mind almost immediately. [...]

[15.04.2011] Ein rund 10-minütiges Video mit Peter Jackson, Material vom Set, Darsteller ist online... Das Beste daran: Das alte Feeling kommt wieder !!!

[12.04.2011] Bei CS! gibt es einen Facebook-Eintrag von Peter Jackson, in dem er auf die Verwendung von 48 fps eingeht...

[11.04.2011] CS! sprach mit Elijah "Frodo" Wood... Just a couple of days ago, I spoke with Orlando Bloom and he said he had received the full script for "The Hobbit" films.
Elijah Wood:
He did? I've not read it yet. No, no, no.
CS: What are you most excited about to have the opportunity to be a part of the prequels? Since it wasn't necessarily built into the original novel that you guys from the "Rings" films would be there.
Yeah, not at all. Look, I'm just looking forward to going back to New Zealand and spending a bit of time there. There will be plenty of old friends that will be a part of it. Largely I would imagine the entire crew would be relatively the same. So in some ways I think it's going to be a very surreal journey. It will feel like traveling back in time a little. But I'm excited. There's a lot of new elements to this. They're shooting on the Red [camera]. They're shooting in 3D, so that should be interesting. And I'm excited to read the script. I'm very excited to see what they've done with "The Hobbit." They've stretched it out over the course of two films - I'm so curious as to what other elements they've woven in, because there are certainly additional works that refer to that same time period that they could weave into it. So I'm just very excited to sort of see what the ultimate vision is. I was down there about a year ago, February, and I saw some of the design. This is when Guillermo [del Toro] was still attached. So I've seen a lot of the design work. I mean, it's extraordinary! And Alan Lee and John Howe are back in the art department doing designs for it. I think it's going to feel very familiar, and different as well.
CS: And you'll probably go down to New Zealand to shoot at the end of the year?
Yeah. Around December or November. [...]

[07.04.2011] Heat Vision meldet...
Andy Serkis, who played the iconic Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings, is taking on a new role in The Hobbit 1 and 2. In addition to reprising his role as the tragic creature, Serkis also has been tapped by Jackson to serve as second unit director on the two films, which are now in production in New Zealand.
"I think I understand Peter’s sensibility and we have a common history of understanding Middle Earth," Serkis told The Hollywood Reporter. "A lot of the crew from The Lord of the Rings was returning to work on The Hobbit. There is really a sense of Peter wanting people around him who totally understand the material and the work ethic." [...]
"The learning curve is The Hobbit is being shot in 3D," he added, noting that the 3D would be used "dramatically, to give a point of view."
"In the same way Lord of the Rings was an interpretation of the book, The Hobbit is being treated the same way," Serkis said. "It will be faithfully represented with a fresh interpretation."
The busy actor just completed shooting his performance in the film. "He is very much a Gollum that people will recognize," Serkis offered, noting that the character would be seen in his "truest form." [...]

[06.04.2011] CS! meldet...
"Flight of the Conchords" star Bret McKenzie has joined the cast of The Hobbit, which is now filming in New Zealand.
Variety says that McKenzie will play Lindir, an Elf of Rivendell. He previously made brief appearances in the first and third films in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. His father, Peter McKenzie, played the role of Elendil in "Lord of the Rings." [...]

[21.03.2011] CS! berichtet über den Drehbeginn für die "Hobbit"-Filme und zeigt 2 Bilder von Peter Jackson im Set...
[...] Production has commenced in Wellington, New Zealand, on "The Hobbit," filmmaker Peter Jackson's two film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's widely read masterpiece.
"The Hobbit" is set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."
The two films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, will be shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Filming will take place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand. [...]
Martin Freeman takes the title role as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen returns in the role of Gandalf the Grey. The Dwarves are played by Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Ken Stott (Balin), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), William Kircher (Bifur) James Nesbitt (Bofur), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Rob Kazinsky (Fili), Aidan Turner (Kili), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), John Callen (Oin), Jed Brophy (Nori), Mark Hadlow (Dori) and Adam Brown (Ori). Reprising their roles from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy are Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Andy Serkis as Gollum and Elijah Wood as Frodo. Jeffrey Thomas and Mike Mizrahi also join the cast as Dwarf Kings Thror and Thrain, respectively. Further casting announcements are expected. [...]
The studio has also launched an official Blog for The Hobbit as well as a Facebook page for Peter Jackson to post updates at.

[10.03.2011] Ian McKellen alias Gandalf schreibt auf seiner Website ...
I've seen Bilbo - in three dimensions.
I was visiting old friends in the Stone Street offices and heard Martin Freeman was just round the corner by the permanent greenscreen, done up as Bilbo, testing his costume in front of the 3D cameras. Indeed, there he was in the open air, mostly oblivious to the camera, though turning this way and that as required. Martin improvised a hobbity gait, padding back and forth, testing his big hairy Hobbit feet, pointy ears and little tum.
Beneath the shade of a tent, in a sun hat, Andrew Lesnie was remotely controlling the two lenses within the mighty camera which digitally records in 3D. His screen showed the familiar 2D image but next to it, above the director's chair, was a large colour screen in full magical three dimensions, much as it will appear in the cinema - courtesy of the spy-glasses that transform the blurred outlines onscreen to the high definition exactitude of the 3D effect.
Three Bilbos simultaneously, two performances on screen and the actor beyond: which was the real one? Martin Freeman was transmuting into a character whose reality will soon be as authentic as his own.

[20.02.2011] Bei TORn gibt es Bilder von einem "Hobbit"-Set, welches in Miramar (Neuseeland) gebaut wurde...

[16.02.2011] Wie meldet, benötigt Peter Jackson dringend einen neuen Berg für die "Hobbit"-Dreharbeiten !!! The Irish Times sprach mit Saoirse Ronan über ihre (mögliche) Rolle...
[...] Asked about rumours that she’s been cast in Peter Jackson’s upcoming film of The Hobbit , Ronan said, "No, nothing has actually been confirmed yet. I’d love to get a role in The Hobbit. I think everybody in the world would like a role in The Hobbit." [...]

[07.02.2011] CS! meldet...
The Hobbit films production company 3Foot7 Ltd announced on Monday that the first day of principal photography will be Monday, March 21, 2011.
Director Peter Jackson commented: "Despite some delays we are fully back on track and very excited to get started."
3Foot7 Ltd added: "This date has been chosen following practical considerations of the filming schedule requirements, actor availability and the NZ seasons. Shooting will take place at Stone Street Studios in Miramar and on location around New Zealand.
The confirmed cast includes Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Mikael Persbrant, Sylvester McCoy and Elijah Wood.
The two films have release dates targeted for December 2012 and December 2013.

[02.02.2011] The New Yorker besuchte und sprach mit Guillermo del Toro, u.a. über die "Hobbit"-Filme: Es gibt ausführliche Beschreibungen von GDT's Smaug und mehr...

[29.01.2011] In einem Interview bei IFTN taucht der Hinweis auf, dass auch Saoirse Ronan (u.a. "Lovely Bones") in der "Hobbit"-Verfilmung mitwirken wird...

[28.01.2011] Twitch meldet...
[...] Director Peter Jackson was admitted to hospital yesterday, where he underwent emergency surgery for a perforated ulcer. The condition is caused when an ulcer burns completely through the stomach wall, allowing food and acid to pass into the abdominal cavity causing extreme pain and extreme risk of infection. Thankfully the surgery went well and Jackson is expected to make a full and quick recovery.
Production on The Hobbit is expected to experience a slight delay as a result, but only a matter of a few days rather than weeks or months.

[11.01.2011] CS! meldet...
Hot on the heels of the news that Andy Serkis will return for The Hobbit comes word from The Hollywood Reporter that Ian McKellen has signed on for the two-film adaptation as well.
McKellen, of course, made iconic the cinematic version of Gandalf with his portrayal of the wizard in the three Lord of the Rings films. The character plays a huge role in the original J.R.R. Tolkien text for The Hobbit and, with McKellen aboard, news of Christopher Lee and Ian Holm signing on to reprise their parts as Saruman and an older Bilbo Baggins, respectively, is expected to follow.
UPDATE: Ian McKellen has updated his official site with the following statement:
All I had to decide was what to do with the time that is given me. [...]

[08.01.2011] CS! meldet...
[...] Less than 24 hours after Deadline suggested that Elijah Wood would be returning, has received confirmation from the actor's reps that Wood will indeed be returning and that he's confirmed to star in the film. [...]
Earlier, suggested that Wood, at least, is a near certainty and offered some spoilers as to how his appearance is planned to play out [...]

[07.01.2011] Deadline meldet...
I've learned that Warner Bros will, in fact, pay the entire cost of the two installments of The Hobbit, a price-tag that is expected to exceed $500 million. Now, the question will be which cast members from The Lord of the Rings come back for encores. I've heard talk of conversations with Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and possibly Elijah Wood. I'd heard Orlando Bloom was also in talks before the holidays. Returning actors will need to be locked in shortly.
BREAKING: MGM and Warner Bros have finalized a deal that gives Warner Bros worldwide theatrical distribution on the Peter Jackson-directed The Hobbit. MGM will retain international television rights. This solves another problem on Jackson's eagerly awaited followup to The Lord of the Rings, which has overcome an MGM freeze because of angry creditors, and the threat that the films would move away from New Zealand after local unions blacklisted the production.
Shooting begins next month, and Jackson is still in the process of locking in cast from the original movie, which is expected to include Ian McKellen's Gandalf, Andy Serkis' Gollum, and others. [...]

[09.12.2010] Deadline meldet...
After New Line Cinema announced Cate Blanchett's return to Middle Earth for 'The Hobbit,' I'm told that Orlando Bloom will likely be the next original cast member set for an encore. He's near a deal to return as Elven archer Legolas. And it's for more than a cameo, I'm told. I'd have expected them to first set Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Andy Serkis (Gollum) or Hugo Weaving (Elrond), whose characters figured in the book. But those talks have been arduous and aren't completed yet.

[08.12.2010] Bei CS! gibt es folgende Pressemeldung...
Cate Blanchett, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy and Mikael Persbrand have joined the cast of Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic "The Hobbit." Also joining them are Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy and William Kircher. The films, which are scheduled to commence principal photography in February 2011, mark Jackson’s return to Middle-earth following his Oscar-winning "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. The announcement was made jointly 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.
Jackson, who directed all three "Lord of the Rings" films, will helm the two films back-to-back, telling the story of "The Hobbit" in two parts from a screenplay by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro.
Cate Blanchett ("Lord of The Rings" trilogy, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") will reprise her role from "Lord of The Rings" trilogy as Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien. Ken Stott ("Charlie Wilson’s War", TV’s "Rebus") will play the Dwarf Lord Balin, Sylvester McCoy (TV’s "Doctor Who") will play the wizard Radagast the Brown and well-known Swedish actor, Mikael Persbrandt ("Everlasting Moments", "Day and Night") will play the shape-shifter Beorn. British actor Ryan Gage ("Outlaw", TV’s "Doctors") will play Drogo Baggins, with New Zealand actors Jed Brophy ("Lord of The Rings" trilogy, "District 9") playing the role of the dwarf Nori, and William Kircher ("Out of the Blue"; TV’s "Legend of the Seeker") rounding out the company of Thorin Oakensheild in role of the dwarf Bifur. Peter Jackson welcomed the news of Cate Blanchett’s return to Middle-earth "Cate is one of my favorite actors to work with and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier films" On the casting of Scottish actor Ken Stott, Jackson commented "Fran and I have long been fans of Ken’s work and are excited he will be joining us on this journey." Jackson also welcomed the addition to the cast of Swedish actor, Mikael Persbrandt "The role of Beorn is an iconic one and Mikael was our first choice for the part. Since seeing him read for the role we can’t imagine anyone else playing this character."
The actors join the previously announced cast including Martin Freeman (TV’s "Sherlock," "Breaking and Entering") as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage (upcoming "Captain America: The First Avenger"), Aidan Turner (TV’s "Being Human"), Rob Kazinsky (TVs "EastEnders"), Graham McTavish ("Secretariat"), John Callen (TV’s "Power Rangers Jungle Fury"), Stephen Hunter (TV’s "All Saints"), Mark Hadlow ("King Kong") and Peter Hambleton (TV’s "The Strip"). Additional cast announcements include James Nesbitt ("Millions" and TV’s "Cold Feet") and newcomer Adam Brown.
"The Hobbit" films received a green light on October 15, and have release dates targeted for December, 2012 and December, 2013. Jackson will utilize groundbreaking visual effects and his incomparable storytelling to bring J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel to the big screen. Both "Hobbit" movies will be filmed in Digital 3-D, using the latest camera and stereo technology to create a high quality, comfortable viewing experience.
The two films are being co-produced by New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production, Warner Bros Pictures handling domestic distribution and MGM distributing internationally.
Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham are producing the films, with co-writer Philippa Boyens serving as co-producer and Ken Kamins and Zane Weiner as executive producers. The Oscar-winning, critically acclaimed "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, also from the production team of Jackson, Walsh and Cunningham, grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide at the box office.. In 2003, "The Return of the King" swept the Academy Awards, winning all of the 11 categories in which it was nominated, including Best Picture – the first ever Best Picture win for a fantasy film. The trilogy’s production was also unprecedented at the time. [...]

[29.11.2010] CS! berichtet über die 3D-Kameras, die für die "Hobbit"-Filme zum Einsatz kommen...
[...] The successor to RED's industry changing RED ONE, the EPIC has 5K resolution, can shoot up to 120 frames per second and has a new HDRx™ mode for the highest dynamic range of any digital cinema camera ever made. Taking everything they had learned from building their first camera, RED designed the EPIC from scratch and have produced a smaller, lighter camera that is an order of magnitude more powerful.
The Hobbit will be amongst the first productions in the world to use the EPIC and at least thirty cameras will be required by the 3-D production. The EPIC'S small size and relatively low weight, makes it perfect for 3-D - where two cameras have to be mounted on each 3D rig. [...]

[28.11.2010] Bei Total Film gibt es einen Scan aus dem Magazin, welches das Hobbingen-Set zeigt, sowie die Darsteller...

[19.11.2010] The Province sprach mit dem Filmkomponisten Howard Shore...
[...] it looks like Shore is going back to Middle Earth with Rings director Peter Jackson. The long-awaited two-part movie adaptation of Tolkien's The Hobbit is in the works.
"We've talked about making these movies for many years, at least since 2002," Shore says.
"It looks like finally it's going to be happening. I'll be working on it for the next three years -- it's going to consume a lot of my time and work now."

[02.11.2010] Via CS! kommen die Darsteller von Bofur und Ori...
British actor James Nesbitt (Millions and TV's "Cold Feet") has joined the ensemble cast of The Hobbit, 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 MGM.
Nesbitt will play Bofur, a disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave Dwarf. "James's charm, warmth and wit are legendary as is his range as an actor in both comedic and dramatic roles. We feel very lucky to be able to welcome him as one of our cast." said director Peter Jackson.
Newcomer Adam Brown will play Ori, another of the Dwarf Company which sets out to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the infamous dragon, Smaug. Jackson comments, "Adam is a wonderfully expressive actor and has a unique screen presence. I look forward to seeing him bring Ori to life." [...]

[28.10.2010] Wie Empire meldet, wird nach einigem Hin und Her nun doch in Neuseeland gedreht...
[...] looks like a deal has been reached between Warner Bros and the New Zealand government in order to settle the industrial dispute that threatened The Hobbit's attachment to the country.
Said New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in a statement, "I am delighted we have achieved this result. Making the two Hobbit movies here will not only safeguard work for thousands of New Zealanders, but it will also follow the success of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy in once again promoting NZ on the world stage."
At stake was the question of a distinction between employees and independent contractors, which was apparently unclear in New Zealand law. The plan is now to introduce legislation clarifying the distinction as it applies to the film industry, and as a bonus allow an additional tax rebate of up to $7.5m US per picture, so that Warners and New Zealand can get back to working on the film / romping through scenic hills and vineyards hand-in-hand. [...]

[23.10.2010] Via Deadline hagelt es offizielle Infos zur "Hobbit"-Besetzung, allen voran Martin Freeman als Bilbo Beutlin und Richard Armitage als Thorin Eichenschild...
While Peter Jackson and Warner Bros are figuring out where they'll shoot back-to-back installments of The Hobbit, Jackson and his partner Fran Walsh have begun to set his cast for the ambitious projects that will begin shooting in February for release in December 2012 and 2013. The castings were announced by New Line Cinema COO/president Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros COO/president Alan Horn, MGM co-CEO Steve Cooper, and Jackson. As Deadline told you last week, Martin Freeman is set to play Bilbo Baggins, the adventurous Hobbit whose adventures and discovery of the One Ring leads the story up to The Lord of the Rings. Freeman has appeared in films ranging from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Hot Fuzz to Love Actually.
Jackson has cast several other significant Dwarf characters. Richard Armitage (MI-5 and Captain America: The First Avenger) will play Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the Company of Dwarves which sets off to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from a thieving dragon. Aidan Turner (Being Human) and Rob Kazinsky (EastEnders) will play Kili and Fili, members of the Company of Dwarves. Graham McTavish (Secretariat) will play Dwalin, John Callen (Power Rangers Jungle Fury) will play Oin; Stephen Hunter (All Saints) will play Bombur, and Mark Hadlow (King Kong) plays Dori, while Peter Hambleton (The Strip) will play Gloin. That casting has just beginning, and there will be many more opportunities for the kind of career-changing roles that went in the original trilogy to the likes of Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood and Sean Astin. None of this is set, but I've heard that James Nesbitt and David Tennant are up for roles, and that Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis are expected to reprise Gandalf and Gollum, though I don't believe they have made deals. Stephen Fry, Saoirse Ronan and Bill Nighy (as the voice of the dragon Smaug) are possible participants, and Aiden Turner was in contention for the Elf King before he got the role of Fili.
"Despite the various rumors and speculation surround this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us," Peter Jackson said. There are a few times in your career when you come across an actor who you know was born to play a role, but that was the case as soon as I met Martin. He is intelligent, funny, surprising and brave -- exactly like Bilbo and I feel incredibly proud to be able to announce that he is our Hobbit."
Of Armtage, Jackson said: "Richard is one of the most exciting and dynamic actors working on screen today and we know he is going to make an amazing Thorin Oakenshield. We cannot wait to start this adventure with him and feel very lucky that one of the most beloved characters in Middle Earth is in such good hands."
On his choices of Turner and Kazinsky, Jackson said, "Rob is an extremely talented young actor with a huge career in front of him. I'm thrilled that he has agreed to take on the role of Fili. Besides his talent as an actor, Rob is also a champion sword fighter and I'm looking forward to seeing the damage he can do to a horde of marauding Goblins ... Aidan is a wonderfully gifted young actor who hails from Ireland. I'm sure he will bring enormous heart and humor to the role of Kili."
As for the rest of the Dwarves played by McTavish, Callen, Hunter, Hadlow and Hambleton, Jackson said: "Graham is a terrific actor, with a great depth of experience, which I know he will bring to the role of Dwalin. I have worked with Mark Hadlow on many projects, he is a fantastic actor...I am also proud to annoucne the casting of New Zealand actors as Peter Hambleton, John Callen and Stephen Hunter. Fran and I know that they will bring great depth and talent to our Company of Dwarves."

[22.10.2010] Wie CS! meldet, wurde der "Hobbit"-Boykott seitens der Schauspieler-Gilden aufgehoben... Bleibt abzuwarten, wie die Produktionsfirmen reagieren...

[21.10.2010] The Press berichtet über den Schauspiel-Aufstand und die Folgen...
[...] Sir Peter Jackson has announced The Hobbit could be taken offshore, provoking an angry response from actors. His partner, Fran Walsh, said today that Warner Brothers had a studio that would be perfect for them in the UK.
Sir Peter and the producers have been in a standoff with actors' unions who have boycotted the Lord of the Rings prequels while agitating for a collective agreement.
During the dispute there had been speculation that production could be taken overseas. Other countries had offered a one-off deal that is double New Zealand's 15 per cent tax rebate for films.
Sir Peter Jackson and Walsh said the weekend lifting of the actors union's blacklist "does nothing to help the film stay in New Zealand".
"The damage inflicted on our film industry by [the actors unions] is long since done."
The move has undermined Warner Brothers confidence in the industry "and they are now, quite rightly, very concerned about the security of their $500m investment".

[18.10.2010] Deadline meldet...
[...] Word is Martin Freeman will soon be set to play Bilbo Baggins, that Jimmy Nesbitt has been offered a role and that Michael Fassbender is being pursued for another as is David Tennant. Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis are expected to reprise Gandalf and Gollum. [...]

[16.10.2010] Endlich ist es offiziell !!! Die beiden "Hobbit"-Filme (in 3D) bekamen grünes Licht und sollen ab Februar 2011 unter der Regie von Peter Jackson gedreht werden... Bei CS! kann man die komplette Pressemeldung nachlesen...
[...] The two films based on "The Hobbit" are now greenlit and will begin principal photography in February 2011, under the direction of Peter Jackson [...]
Jackson, who directed all three "Lord of the Rings" films, will helm the two films back-to-back, telling the story of "The Hobbit" in two parts. Jackson will utilize groundbreaking visual effects and his incomparable story-telling to bring J.R.R. Tolkien's novel to the big screen. Both Hobbit movies will be filmed in Digital 3-D, using the latest camera and stereo technology to create a high quality, comfortable viewing experience. Jackson also co-wrote the screenplays with Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro.
"The Hobbit" is being co-produced by New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production, Warner Bros Pictures handling domestic distribution and MGM distributing internationally. [...]

[12.10.2010] Empire sprach mit Martin Freeman, der nach eigener Aussage die Rolle des Bilbo in der kommenden "Hobbit"-Verfilmung absagen musste - evtl. hat er wegen der Verschiebung des Drehstarts aber doch noch die Chance... Abwarten...

[09.10.2010] Empire sprach mit Peter Jackson über den Stand der Dinge in Sachen "Hobbit"-Verfilmung: Es hängt alles noch in der Luft, trotz positiver Tendenzen müssen die MGM-Konkursverwalter noch einiges an Arbeit investieren. Zu seiner Rolle als Regisseur steht zu lesen...
"[...] I’m certainly happy to be involved. At the moment, I’m a writer and a producer on it. We’ll see. Warner Bros. have been very, very good, very loyal and very supportive and I want to do what’s right for them first and foremost because I’ve got a responsibility to look after their investment. And it’s also something I am actually excited about so we’ll see what happens. I’ve learnt never to get that excited until something is greenlit because there is a moment when you commit emotionally to a project and you give everything, your heart and soul. At that point, once you’ve done that and it doesn’t happen, it’s the most horrible thing in the world outside of stuff do with your family. It’s the worst experience ever, to have a film fall over that you’ve committed 100% to. I always just protect myself and don’t fully commit until I know for sure that it’s happening. Then it gets my 100% commitment." [...]

[05.10.2010] Im Blog Media Decoder steht zu lesen...
So "The Hobbit" will be in 3-D. That is a measure of how much the movie world has changed in the last year or so. In the dimly remembered recesses of, oh, 2009, people involved with the two-movie version of the J. R. R. Tolkien book, then to be directed by Guillermo del Toro, insisted that 2-D screen technology was just right for a pair of movies that were viewed as being a little more intimate than their sweeping precursors in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Then came "Avatar," "Alice in Wonderland," and even the much-maligned "Clash of the Titans" - one film after another proving that viewers would pay a premium for 3-D, as long as the underlying movie wasn’t an utter bust.
As "The Hobbit" now nears a green light, with the director Peter Jackson, after months of behind-the-scenes dealmaking, it emerges, according to a person briefed on the plans (but speaking on the condition of anonymity, as the deal is not yet closed), with the inevitable third dimension. And never mind all the cheering at Comic-Con in July, when panelists in a Middle Earth-oriented session repeated the now-defunct promise that the picture would be 2-D. [...]

[28.09.2010] Bei CS! gibt es nun auch ein Statement von New Line, Warner Bros. und MGM zum "Hobbit"-Boykottaufruf mehrerer Schauspieler-Vereinigungen...

[27.09.2010] Bei CS! gibt es ein Statement von Peter Jackson, zum "Hobbit"-Boykottaufruf mehrerer Schauspieler-Vereinigungen...

[23.09.2010] The Noldor Blog präsentiert den Scan eines Aufrufs zum "Hobbit"-Casting...

[14.09.2010] The Bolton News meldet...
FILMING on The Hobbit, the long-awaited prequel to The Lord of the Rings, should start in the new year, according to former Bolton School boy Sir Ian McKellen.
"The aim is to start filming in January," he said.
The actor is slated to reprise his role as the wizard Gandalf, for which he received two Oscar nominations, but has said he wouldn’t be "sitting waiting" for shooting to start. [...]

[09.09.2010] PopWatch meldet...
Yesterday, the British newspaper The Sun ran a story saying that Martin Freeman (a.k.a. Tim from the original U.K. Office) had to decline an offer (and seven-figure payday) to play Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies due to a scheduling conflict: The actor was already committed to shoot the BBC series Sherlock, in which he plays Dr. Watson. That’s all true, but according to sources close to the Hobbit production, it’s not over yet. New Line and MGM, the studios backing the Hobbit films, have since come back to Freeman with a proposed schedule that would allow him to shoot both projects. All parties are currently negotiating a deal. [...]

[29.08.2010] TORn meldet...
Big news coming from the Dunoon Observer/Argyllshire Standard today. Sylvester McCoy confirms he is in contention with another actor for one of two Wizard parts in the upcoming 'Hobbit' films. We know Ian McKellen will like to return as Gandalf, and we’ve heard some rumblings of Radagast the Brown having a bigger role, so if you put two and two together - is Sylvester McCoy up for Radagast the Brown?
"I am being cast in The Hobbit," he said. "We’re currently in negotiations - there are two of us under consideration. It’s not the Bilbo role, but could be bigger." [...]

[26.08.2010] meldet...
With only five years until the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, Sir Peter Jackson has reiterated his wish to make a feature film about the Anzacs.
He is also confident that there should soon be certainty about whether he would direct The Hobbit movie, which would allow him to map out a five-year plan for projects "that will keep many people very busy". [...]
A decision was still to be made on whether he would direct The Hobbit, which is in limbo while problems are resolved with Warner Bros and MGM, which is heavily in debt and up for sale.
But he said yesterday that Warner Bros was "making progress untangling the MGM situation, so we should have certainty with The Hobbit sometime soon".
[...] Australian Jeremy Sims [..] auditioned in Sydney last week for a role as a troll in The Hobbit. "If he wants to know what the director of Beneath Hill 60 looks like, tell him to go through his audition tapes of trolls. He'll find me," Sims said.
"I'm bearded and short and squat and I figured if I'm not going to get the role of a troll I might as well give up acting."

[26.06.2010] meldet...
[...] Peter Jackson has decided to direct two installments of The Hobbit, trusted sources are telling me. His deal is being negotiated right now with Warner Bros , New Line, and MGM. He will shortly take the reins over from Guillermo del Toro, after Jackson extricates himself from other project obligations that caused Jackson and manager Ken Kamins to initially deny he would direct. While Jackson’s camp has been tight-lipped, I’m told that the case is being made to MGM's owners to loosen the purse strings and make the movies happen. The impetus for these talks is that Jackson will be the director of both of The Hobbit films, which will be shot back-to-back in his New Zealand backyard. [...]

[18.06.2010] Bei HDRF gibt es Bilder vom Auenland-Set...

[16.06.2010] Via CS! kommt die Info, dass Warner Peter Jackson gerne im Regiestuhl der "Hobbit"-Filme sehen würde...

[08.06.2010] Im Forum von TORn schreibt Guillermo del Toro über die Umstände, die zu seiner Entscheidung führten...

[31.05.2010] Aaaaargh... Harter Tobak !!! Bei TORn kündigte Guillermo del Toro offiziell an, dass er aufgrund der Produktionsverzögerung den Regiestuhl bei der "Hobbit"-Verfilmung verlässt !!! Gegenüber Deadline meinte Peter Jacksons Manager Ken Kamins, dass PJ aufgrund anderweitiger Verpflichtungen die Regie nicht übernehmen wird... Also muss ein neuer Regisseur her und das möglichst bald... Die Namen Sam Raimi und Neill Blomkamp sind bereits gefallen... Abwarten... *g*

[28.05.2010] Via CS! kommt die "offizielle" Bestätigung, dass sich der Produktionsstart der "Hobbit"-Verfilmung verzögert...
Speaking moments ago at a press conference for his latest production, Splice, Guillermo del Toro responded to questions about the state of The Hobbit, saying that the film does not have a start date, nor will it until MGM sorts out its financial troubles.
"It's not greenlit," said del Toro, "That's categorical... We've been caught in a very tangled negotiation... There cannot be any start dates until the MGM situation gets resolved. They do hold a considerable portion of the rights."
Responding to rumors that the film would shoot in 3D, del Toro said that, while 3D remains a possiblity, it has been discussed "literally once" in the production offices and it is not being planned at this time. The current production budget has been drawn without 3D in mind.
Admitting no predictable timeline for a start date, del Toro theorized one possible outcome that would see MGM sharing or selling off the rights. Nevertheless, he feels confident that the film will move forward as soon as a decision is made.
"We have designed all the creatures," he said, "We've designed the sets and the wardrobe. We have done animatics and planned battles sequences.... We are very, very prepared for when it is finally triggered."

[05.05.2010] Wie AICN meldet, ist der australische Schauspieler Jack Thompson (u.a. "Star Wars: Episode II - Angriff der Klonkrieger", "Australia") für die Rolle des Thorin Eichenschild im Gespräch...

[30.04.2010] Heat Vision meldet...
[...] Warner Bros. is scheduling Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro’s two-part adaptation of "The Hobbit" for December 2012 and December 2013.
A confusion over release dates surfaced earlier today when Imax announced an overall, 20-film, three-year deal with Warners. In outlining which films would be included, Imax incorrectly gave 2013 as the release date for the first "Hobbit" movie.
But 2013 is two years later than the 2011 release date that New Line and MGM targeted for the first installment when the two companies originally announced the movies in December 2007.
However, 2011 proved not to be a realistic date and instead served more as a guideline, according to insiders, because when it was first announced, no scripts were written, nor schedules or budgets drawn up.
While the project is taking a bit longer than the filmmakers anticipated, it is now on track for 2012 -- rather than the 2013 date mentioned in the Imax release.
The second movie’s script was turned in to the studio a couple of weeks ago, and all parties are starting to break down the financials for the movies now.
Warners moved quickly to set the calendar straight in the wake of the Imax release, and by midday, the giant-screen-format company said it was going to send out a correction, officially making 2012 the new date for the first "Hobbit" movie.

[18.03.2010] Moviefone sprach mit Peter Jackson über den Stand der Dinge...
[...] Is it true that filming on 'The Hobbit' has been delayed until the end of the year?
Well, it's not really been delayed, because we've never announced the date. I mean it's sort of interesting because the studio [MGM] has never greenlit 'The Hobbit,' so therefore 'The Hobbit' has never been officially announced as a "go" project, nor have we ever announced a date. But there's so much interest that people -- newspapers and magazines, of their own account, say, ah, it's likely to film in May, it's likely to film in June, it's likely to film in September. People make this stuff up. And then if it's not filming in June, you get a story saying, "'The Hobbit's' been delayed." But it's never actually been announced.
We've just delivered the script. Literally last week, we delivered the second of the two screenplays -- the first draft. So the studio's got both scripts now, which is a milestone; and if anything was holding it up, it was us doing the screenplays, because we'd just been writing as fast as we can, but it took us this long to get them finished. So we take whatever responsibility there is for the speed. And we're now in the process of budgeting the films, and then hopefully we'll get to a budget the studio [people] are happy with, and they'll greenlight the movies and we'll announce the shooting dates. I'd be pretty optimistic that we'll be shooting before the end of the year. I would imagine October, November, we'd be shooting by. I'm not announcing it, though.
When would you get down to the final stages of casting Bilbo Baggins?
We haven't signed any actors up yet, because we couldn't do that until they greenlight the movie. But I would imagine that if we get a green light within the next month or two, we would be hopefully making some casting announcements by, I guess, the middle of the year. [...]

[18.03.2010] Bei Yahoo! gibt es folgende AP-Meldung...
[...] Longtime Jackson collaborator, art designer Richard Taylor, says he thinks his friend gave up the director's chair "probably because he's spent so long in Middle Earth ... and probably felt a director such as Guillermo could bring something passionate and unique and original and new to the content for the sake of the fans," referring to the imaginary world where the novels are set.
"It's an absolute delight to be working with Guillermo Del Toro. We've all enjoyed his craft as seen in 'Pan's Labyrinth' and the 'Hellboy' movies. His unique aesthetic and storytelling style brings a lovely aesthetic to the world and one we're enjoying being part of," Taylor told The Associated Press on Monday in Hong Kong, where he is attending a digital entertainment conference at the technology park Cyberport.
The Weta Workshop president said his team has started designing the landscape and characters in "The Hobbit," but that he was unclear when shooting on the New Line Cinema production will start in New Zealand.
"We're just patiently waiting for it to begin. It's been in early development for a while. I'm sure it will get going some time soon," Taylor said.
He said he will stick to a consistent look for the main characters that appear in both the "Rings" series and "The Hobbit."
Taylor, who also won Oscars for his work on the "Rings" series, said he doesn't know if "The Hobbit" will be released in 3-D, but said the Weta team will take advantage of technological advancements since the first trilogy.
"Like any film, there will be an effort to utilize the tools that are available to us today to achieve visual images that will excite and intrigue an audience as we did try 10 years ago."

[18.03.2010] Ian McKellen schreibt auf seiner Offiziellen Website...
THE HOBBIT's, two films, start shooting in New Zealand in July. Filming will take over a year. Casting in Los Angeles, New York City and London has started. The script too proceeds. The first draft is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle Earth.
The director Guillermo del Toro is now living in Wellington, close to the Jacksons' and the studio in Miramar.

[02.03.2010] Im Forum von TORn schreibt Guillermo del Toro über eine mögliche 3D-Version des "Hobbits"...
[...] I wouldn't read much on it just yet, but now, after all this time, after AVATAR doing the Box Office it did, we have had enquires from above about The Hobbit being in 3-D.
No impositions or heavy leaning. Just enquires. Just fulfilling my promise to let you all know if discussions ever started. [...]

[23.01.2010] Wie meldet, scheint sich der Kinostart auf Ende 2012 zu verschieben...
[...] Once the script for the second film is in -- Jackson and his longtime collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are working on it with Del Toro -- New Line will work up a budget for both films and start casting. New Line exec Michael Disco, who was once Emmerich's assistant, will oversee for the studio.
Horn won't predict when the first of the two "Hobbit" films will be out, but says the most probable scenario would be a release in the fourth quarter of 2012.
"It's a big bet for us. But it's one we think will pay off given the success of 'Lord of the Rings,'" says Emmerich. "This is one of the few movies it feels like people are waiting for."

[07.01.2010] Production Weekly meldet...
Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s "The Hobbit" is due to begin a 14 month production schedule this June in New Zealand.

[15.12.2009] CS! meldet...
Video Business reports that Warner Home Video will release "The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy" will hit Blu-ray on April 6.
The trade says that the nine-disc set will contains the original theatrical versions of the three Peter Jackson-directed Rings films along with more than seven hours of special features. The supplemental package will contain mostly special features that were on the various DVD versions of the movies, including featurettes that were originally on However, the Blu-ray versions will offer high-def trailers.
The set also will include digital copies of each film and have BD Live access.
The extended versions of the films will bow on Blu-ray at a later date.
Also getting its Blu-ray debut on April 6 is the 1978 animated adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings" directed by Ralph Bakshi.

[14.12.2009] Bei gibt es Infos zum "Hobbit"-Casting...

[10.12.2009] MTV sprach mit Peter Jackson, u.a. über die wiederkehrenden Charakter-Darsteller in der "Hobbit"-Verfilmung...
[...] "Gandalf, being a 2,000-year-old wizard, is still around and plays a major role in 'The Hobbit,' and we're having Ian McKellen reprise," explained the filmmaker, who is executive-producing the flick and writing the screenplay. "There's a couple of other characters: Elrond, who was played by Hugo Weaving [in the original films], and there's a possibility of Galadriel, who was played by Cate Blanchett." [...]

[08.12.2009] Bei Heat Vision gibt es ein Interview mit Peter Jackson, dem nichts von einem Verschiebung der "Hobbit"-Verfilmung bekannt ist... Stattdessen wird jetzt fleissig gecastet...
The search for Bilbo Baggins has begun.
Casting on "The Hobbit" begins this week, with wide auditions expected for each part except Gandalf, which is being reserved for Ian McKellen, who played the wizard in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
"We’re auditioning for every role," Jackson said in an interview, adding he is a big believer in casting a wide net to better match actors with the roles.
"What we’ve done over the years is discover a lot of interesting actors, like Orlando Bloom (in 'Rings'), Kate Winslet (in 'Heavenly Creatures'), Saoirse Ronan (in 'The Lovely Bones'). So if you start looking and auditioning seriously, it’s amazing what incredible talent you’ll find out there."
Jackson denied that he had settled on any actors besides McKellen and pooh-poohed Web chatter that he has approached James McAvoy for a key role.
"Apart from Ian McKellen, who we obviously want to return as Gandalf, we are not really offering any roles to anybody until we’ve done a casting sweep," Jackson said.
Casting is being handled out of Los Angeles and London.
The filmmaker, whose adaptation of "The Lovely Bones" opens Friday, said although he and director Guillermo del Toro have casting approval on the two "Hobbit" movies, he feels no pressure to cast stars in major roles.
"(These movies) have never been a star-driven vehicle. The star is (author J.R.R.) Tolkien and the world he created. We are not under any pressure. We want to find the right people. Casting someone to portray a hobbit is not as easy as you might imagine. They have to have a particular type of physical appearance and a sensibility. And the same with an elf or a dwarf. These are fantastical characters, but you’ve got to find the right people to play them, the right humans to translate these characters."
Jackson also denied earlier reports that production on "Hobbit" was delayed.
"It’s not," he said, adding that the script for the first movie is completed and that collaborators Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and del Toro are in the middle of writing the second. They hope to deliver drafts to Warner Bros. and MGM, which are jointly backing the films, around Christmastime.
"We were always planning to shoot around April or May next year, and as far as I’m aware, we’re pretty much on target for that. It depends on how quickly the studio greenlights the film. It’s not in our hands. But as long as we‘re shooting next year, we’re fine."

[03.12.2009] Wie CS! meldet, scheint sich der Kinostart der "Hobbit"-Verfilmung tatsächlich zu verzögern...
Just this weekend, Peter Jackson revealed that the two "Hobbit" films will now start filming mid-summer 2010 instead of the previously-reported March start. We didn't think this would affect the first film's release of December 2011, but according to TheWrap's WaxWord that might just be the case:
"While it is still possible that it could come out in December 2011, it looks more likely to be 2012," an executive close to the film told the site.
The second film would be pushed back to 2013 then.

[30.11.2009] sprach mit Peter Jackson über die "Hobbit"-Verfilmung...
[...] "Wir werden daraus zwei Filme machen. Das Script zum ersten Film haben wir bereits fertig gestellt. Zurzeit arbeiten wir am Zweiten, dass wir hoffen bis Ende dieses Jahres oder Anfang des nächsten vollendet zu haben. Wenn die Drehbücher vollständig vorliegen, können wir mit der genauen Berechnung des benötigten Budgets beginnen. Wir hoffen Mitte nächsten Jahres mit den Dreharbeiten starten zu können, haben aber leider bisher noch kein grünes Licht vom Studio erhalten." [...]

[25.11.2009] CS! zitiert aus Interview mit Peter Jackson...
[...] "'The Hobbit' will be two movies and we've written the first script and delivered it to the studio who seem to be happy with it," Jackson said. "We're now halfway through the second script and Philippa, Fran, Guillermo and myself are doing the scripts and having great fun."
He added: "It was an interesting experience because eight or nine years have passed since we wrote the 'Lord of the Rings' screenplays and I was worried it'd be weird or hard or uncomfortable to go back there, but as soon as we started writing the scripts it was fun, actually, and easy."
Jackson had been scouting for locations in New Zealand right before traveling to London. He stressed that there would be continuity between his films and Del Toro's.
"We're writing the screenplays with him, so in terms of the script, there is continuity," he said. "We're writing Ian McKellen's dialogue just the same as we did in 'Lord of the Rings.' But Guillermo, being the director, will obviously take the script and interpret that and shoot his film. So that'll be interesting to see.
"That's actually the reason I wanted him to do it. I felt like I'd be trying to compete with myself and deliberately do things differently, which is not the way I want to work. I want it to be natural."
Jackson mentioned that the "Hobbit" films will not be released in 3D. "Guillermo wants to shoot in 35mm, old-fashioned film, which suits me, because he wants to keep it in the same space as the original trilogy." [...]

[09.11.2009] TORn berichtet über einen Gastauftritt von GDT...
Guillermo Del Toro paid a visit to our message boards today to confirm that he will definitely be making a cameo appearance in The Hobbit as a small monster:
"I had a hand on the design of the creature and I will personally sculpt the appliances that will be applied on my face and hands. I used to sculpt the creatures for NECROPIA (my FX company) and I miss it a bit. I will have a line or two and die quickly." [...]

[09.11.2009] CS! berichtet über Viggo Mortensens Beteiligung...
[...] Over a year ago, in fact shortly after del Toro signed on, Variety mentioned that Mortensen had been approached to return, but when spoke to Mortensen earlier today, he admitted that the filmmakers are currently more concerned with making the first movie, which would not include his character.
"I think they're just worried about shooting the first part of that movie which doesn't involve my character," Mortensen told us during an interview for his upcoming movie The Road. "My character is around at times--in the middle, but it would only be if they made a second movie or connecting movie that connected 'The Hobbit' to 'The Lord of the Rings' that I might appear, which would be great."
Mortensen did tell us that he would be interested in returning, but as we know, del Toro and Jackson are now planning on just splitting "The Hobbit" into two films and not making the second film a bridge between "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings."

[06.11.2009] Bei Total Film gibt es ein lesenswertes Interview mit Guillermo Del Toro, der ausführlich Fragen zur "Hobbit"-Verfilmung beantwortet ohne zu Spoilern... ;-)

[31.10.2009] Empire Online sprach mit John Rhys-Davies über seine mögliche Mitarbeit in der "Hobbit"-Verfilmung...
[...] while Gimli doesn't appear in The Hobbit, his father Gloin does, so we asked him recently whether he'd be back for another go.
"I've already been asked and to be honest with you, I wouldn't. I have already completely ruled it out. There's a sentimental part of me that would love to be involved again. Really I am not sure my face can take that sort of punishment any more."
So not even a small cameo?
"Why would you want to do it if it was just a couple of shots? When you've been 1 of 1, why would you want to be 1 of 13?"
But the production did ask if he'd be interested in returning.
"It was just a gentle "What would you feel about putting it on again?" But no. I'd be interested in trying to create a different type of persona within... the thing. That is challenging as an actor. I'd really prefer to play something quite different. Maybe an Elf. They've got a different set of problems with The Hobbit because you've got 13 dwarves, a whole band of them... You're trying to represent a whole race... You're trying to do for dwarves what The Lord of the Rings did for hobbits. "
Hmm, so Gimli won't be playing his own father, it seems - but he isn't completely ruling out a return to the world of Middle Earth. [...]

[14.10.2009] Empire Online zitiert Ian McKellen bzgl. der "Hobbit"-Verfilmung...
[...] "The scripts for the two films will be delivered very soon," he revealed. "Then they'll be budgeted, and then they'll be cast. And they'll be going when they've always said they would be, which is next spring - March or April. Guillermo even told me at one point, 'We're going to film for 383 days.' He's got that artistic autism! Jackson's the same; they're very, very, very alike. They also very different, but they've so much in common. They both can't stand Hollywood and have wonderful imaginations, and they're both obsessed with gore and fantasy. Both of them laugh a great deal. Guillermo's one of the most brilliant men I've ever met. His English vocabulary is way superior to mine!" [...]

[03.10.2009] Wie meldet, wurde MGM - bis auf weiteres - vor der Pleite gerettet...
MGM has secured support from key lenders to allow the studio enough cash to proceed with its participation in "The Hobbit."
A recent proposal by MGM's new CEO Steve Cooper to defer interest payments on its debt load for the next three months on Thursday won a crucial endorsement from J.P. Morgan.
The investment firm leads a lenders steering committee that has been agitating for a dramatic restructuring of the Lion's operations and its ownership structure. In exchange for an agreement to limited interest forbearance, J.P. Morgan secured a few changes in existing debt terms.
Concern over MGM's hold on "Hobbit" is at the heart of the activity. In a 50-50 rights partnership with Warner Bros.' New Line unit, two "Hobbit" pics are being developed.
The first "Hobbit" aims for theatrical release in 2011, with Guillermo del Toro on board to direct that and a sequel. Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and del Toro are writing scripts for both and are expected to deliver the first screenplay by the end of November.
Warners will lead production and distribute at least domestically. For now, the Burbank studio also is covering any immediate expenses.
In the end, the forbearance was granted, but not everyone was thrilled with the move. But a 51% majority would have had to oppose the plan to block its implementation, and that was never likely given such a disparate group of lenders.
The move to delay interest payments until Dec. 15 wasn't motivated by any immediate fears of insolvency at MGM, as a recent company audit showed cash flow should be sufficient to keep the lights on for at least another year.
But both current management and the lenders realize the studio's various rights on major properties such as "Hobbit," "The Pink Panther" and, most of all, the lucrative James Bond franchise are key to MGM maintaining a decent market value.
Eventually, once equity is shifted from the Lion's current owners to the lenders group, an auction likely will be held for the studio. Keeping its 50% hold on "Hobbit" -- broadly viewed as a potential big moneymaker -- would bolster interest in bidding on the Lion.
In backing the studio's payment holiday, lenders will get weekly reports from MGM regarding its cash levels and other financial details. Execs also pledged to submit a detailed restructuring proposal and updated valuation of its assets by Nov. 30.
MGM execs hope to corral at least $40 million for its "Hobbit" activities. The requested interest deferrals amount to more than $50 million.
Lion management first proposed the forbearance on Sept. 28, seeking a payment holiday until Jan. 15. The shorter period of interest deferral was hammered out in subsequent negotiations with lenders.
Current MGM owners include investment firms Providence Equity and TPG, Sony and Comcast.
A banking source said some of the tweaks to debt terms will begin to dilute those owners' current equity. A much more dramatic shifting of equity is expected over coming months as lenders agree to convert debt to equity.
Once the lenders become owners, that group likely would conduct an auction for the assets. Nobody sees the lenders group as a long-term operator of MGM.

[27.09.2009] Wie Deadline Hollywood meldet, droht MGM bankrott zu gehen, was natürlich auch Folgen für die "Hobbit"-Verfilmung hätte...

[25.09.2009] Rotten Tomatoes sprach mit Ian McKellen über seinen Auftritt als Gandalf in der kommenden "Hobbit"-Verfilmung...
[...] I'm happy to revisit him, which I shall do in The Hobbit with Guillermo del Toro."
Not only will The Hobbit afford McKellen another chance to find his feet with one of literature's greatest wizards, but the film will also allow him to return to the earlier incarnation of the character, Gandalf the Grey, who only appeared in the first of the trilogy, Fellowship of the Ring.
"Grey Gandalf is my favourite," he told us. "Peter Jackson's too, we always preferred Gandalf the Grey. Peter liked him because he got down and dirty. He slept in the hedgerows; he was closer to the earth and not quite so spiritual. He's also funnier -- he's got more variety to him. We thought there was more scope in that Gandalf."

[09.09.2009] CS! berichtet über einen beigelegten Rechtsstreit, der den Weg für die "Hobbit"-Verfilmung freimacht...
The Tolkien Trust (a UK registered charity), New Line Cinema, and HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. have resolved the lawsuit relating to the "Lord of the Rings" films.
The claim was filed in February of last year. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. and the trustees of the JRR Tolkien Estate were co-plaintiffs in the claim, which concerned plaintiffs' participation interest in the "Lord of the Rings" films released between 2001 and 2003. The precise terms of the settlement are confidential.
Commenting on the settlement, Christopher Tolkien said: "The Trustees regret that legal action was necessary, but are glad that this dispute has been settled on satisfactory terms that will allow the Tolkien Trust properly to pursue its charitable objectives. The Trustees acknowledge that New Line may now proceed with its proposed films of 'The Hobbit.'"
Warner Bros.' President & Chief Operating Officer Alan Horn said: "We deeply value the contributions of the Tolkien novels to the success of our films and are pleased to have put this litigation behind us. We all look forward to a mutually productive and beneficial relationship in the future."
The "Lord of the Rings" films produced by New Line are among the most successful films ever created and were released in 2001, 2002 and 2003, respectively.
JRR Tolkien is the world-renowned author of works including "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit." The Tolkien Trust is a UK registered charity that has made grants to charitable causes all over the world totaling over $8 million in the last five years alone.
New Line became a unit of Warner Bros. Entertainment in March 2008.

[26.08.2009] IESB sprach mit Elijah Wood, u.a. über die "Hobbit"-Verfilmung...
Q: [...] As Frodo hasn't been born yet, does that mean you won't be in The Hobbit?
Somebody actually asked me, "Would you want to play Bilbo?" No, I don't want to play Bilbo. That would be far too weird. Yeah, Frodo doesn't exist. He's not born yet. For awhile, there was talk of a bridge film that was being bantered about, with the notion that the second film that they would make would chronologically bridge the gap between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, so conceivably some of the characters could exist. But, I don't think that's going to happen now.
Certainly, if they found a way to make the character work, I would love to be a part of it, but I'm just excited that they're doing it. I'm so excited that they're getting so many of the original team back together, creatively, because it's really I think going to help to keep the continuity of what was already established. I think it's going to be great. I love Guillermo del Toro. I think he's amazing.
Q: Do you think it will happen, given the Tolkien estate's current unhappiness?
There's some talk of that. I just saw Peter Jackson at Comic-Con and, as far as he's concerned, it's full steam ahead. Technically they don't actually have a green light yet, which is funny because we're all talking about the movie as being filmed next year. It's not green-lit because they don't have a script yet. It's not finished. I think all of that business will start to occur in the next couple of months, and it remains to be seen whether that's going to be a roadblock for them or not. [...]

[19.06.2009] Moviehole sprach mit Hugo Weaving...
[...] "I knew that if and when it happened I’d get a call and we’d chat about it, but I haven’t spoken to anyone about it. Someone said to me ‘I hear you’re doing the Hobbit?’ I said ‘Well, um, probably’, they said "No, no. you’ve signed on’. I haven’t actually talked to anyone about it. Doesn’t mean I won’t be doing it, [I’m] just not onboard yet."
Weaving hasn’t met the prequel’s director but says the he’s "really excited that [Del Toro] is directing. He’s a fantastic choice - an absolutely wonderful choice, just brilliant. It’d be good to get back together with Andy Serkis and Ian McKellan, and whoever else comes back - there’s not many other characters that could come back I guess. Bilbo is back, but you’ve got to have a much younger version of the character. Whereas Elves and Wizards it doesn’t matter - you might just have to age me back though", he laughs.

[12.06.2009] TORn meldet...
[...] In the following BBC Radio 5 Simon Mayo interview, ‘Hobbit’ director Guillermo del Toro confirms that Hugo Weaving will be cast in the upcoming ‘Hobbit’ films. While he does not specifically say he is returning as Elrond, when speaking of Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen and Weaving he says, " the roles they originated in the trilogy." I think we can make a good assumption that means Elrond! Take a moment to listen to the Simon Mayo broadcast over at BBC - the Hobbit casting talk is around the 02:10:55 point. [...]

[29.05.2009] Die Agentur indigo pearl kündigt neue Videospiele an, die in Zukunft von Warner Bros. Interactive vertrieben werden...
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment kündigte heute eine langfristige Partnerschaft mit The Saul Zaentz Company und New Line Productions, Inc. für die Literatur- und Filmrechte zur Entwicklung und Herausgabe von Spielen basierend auf der "Der Herr der Ringe"-Trilogie an. Als Teil des Spiel-Franchise wird Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment mehrere Titel in unterschiedlichen Genres herausgeben, welche eine große Publikums-Bandbreite ansprechen sollen, darunter eingefleischte Rollenspielfans und Familien. Das erste Game wird im Herbst 2009 Der Herr der Ringe: Die Abenteuer von Aragorn sein, ein neues Action-Adventure in der Third-Person-Ansicht, welches ein authentisches Spielerlebnis bietet und auf "Der Herr der Ringe" basiert. Spieler jeglichen Alters können es zusammen auf den Systemen Wii(tm), Nintendo DS(tm), PlayStation®2 und PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) spielen.
"Das 'Der Herr der Ringe'-Franchise ist auf der ganzen Welt für seine mitreißenden Abenteuer bekannt, und wir erschaffen auf den Spielplattformen neue Erfahrungen, die einer breiten Zielgruppe zusagen sollen, von hartgesottenen Spielern bis zum Casual Gamer", sagte Martin Tremblay, Präsident von Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Der Herr der Ringe: Die Abenteuer von Aragorn ist das erste von vielen verschiedenen Arten Spielen, welche wir mit den Film- und Literaturrechten entwickeln werden. Es ist zudem der erste Titel, der es Kindern und ihren Familien möglich macht, mit leicht zugänglicher Spielbarkeit an ihren Lieblingsorten und in ihren Lieblingsgeschichten aus 'Der Herr der Ringe' zu interagieren."
"Wir freuen uns darauf, das fantastische Erbe von 'Der Herr der Ringe' mit neuen Videospielen, welche Elemente der Trilogie aufgreifen und weiter ausführen, fortzusetzen", sagte Fredrica Drotos, Business Affairs, The Saul Zaentz Company. "Der erste Titel mit Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Der Herr der Ringe: Die Abenteuer von Aragorn, ist in einer farbenfrohen, actiongeladenen Version Mittelerdes angesiedelt, welche neue und alteingesessene Fans ansprechen wird." [...]

[04.05.2009] Der 40-minütigen Fanfilm "The Hunt for Gollum" kann man nun via anschauen !!!

[27.04.2009] Unter gibt es Infos und Trailer zu dem vielversprechenden, 40-minütigen Fanfilm "The Hunt for Gollum", der am 3. Mai 2009 online veröffentlicht wird... Kostenlos !!!

[18.04.2009] Empire Online sprach mit GDT und Jackson über den Inhalt der kommenden "Hobbit"-Filme...
[...] "We’ve decided to have The Hobbit span the two movies, including the White Council and the comings and goings of Gandalf to Dol Guldur," says Del Toro.
"We decided it would be a mistake to try to cram everything into one movie," adds Jackson. "The essential brief was to do The Hobbit, and it allows us to make The Hobbit in a little more style, if you like, of the [LOTR] trilogy."
So there you go. The second film will not, as had previously been suggested, a film that will bridge the 60-year gap between The Hobbit and the start of Fellowship Of The Ring.

[30.01.2009] MTV sprach kürzlich mit Dominic Monaghan über ein mögliches Wiedersehen mit der beliebten "Hobbit-Gang"...
[...] As die-hard fans of J.R.R. Tolkien know all too well, however, the participation of Monaghan and friends means that new scenes will have to be added to the beloved book. "We're not in 'The Hobbit,' no, but I think the idea in [Jackson's, Del Toro's and the other producers'] heads is that the trilogy of the 'Lord of the Rings' films was so beloved by the fans that they're really keen to try to say thank you for the support that they gave to the 'Lord of the Rings' movies and possibly bring back some of those characters that they know and love," he explained of new story lines. [...]

[15.01.2009] CS! sprach mit Andy Serkis...
[...] About The Hobbit, Serkis said that he "met Guillermo prior to him actually being attached. It was all very much going to happen so we met at an awards and sort of giggling at the fact we were going to be working together actually. I am going to really be looking forward to it. I mean the combination between he and Peter is extraordinary as well. I know they are writing at the moment. But other than that, I really have no idea. Peter is producing. Same writing team of Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens is writing with Guillermo." [...]

[04.01.2009] Bei gibt es ein Gameplay-Video zum Videospiel "Der Herr der Ringe: Die Eroberung"...

[29.11.2008] Bei gibt es Schnipsel aus einem Chat mit Guillermo del Toro...
Q:There any professionals who worked with you on Hellboy II that will be joining you on the Hobbit?
A:Hopefully Mignola, Barlowe, Spectral Motion, Guillermo Navarro and others [...]
Q:Do you think filming Hellboy II helped prepare you for filming the Hobbit?
A:Technically, yes- but that’s not the challenge in THE HOBBIT. The challenge is to create and expand a massive universe and be as immersive as the Trilogy was. To approach Tolkien’s book with the right mixture of reverence, enthusiasm and invention.
A:many many more and we will be pushing the goblin kindgom. we will be pushing smaug, the spiders of mirkwood. we will be pushing them to the edge of technology where we will fuse animatronics and cgi into a seamless new art form in creating creatures, i think. [...]
A:it will begin in 2010 and we will shoot for about 370 days or so [...]
Q:How long did it take to create the script for this movie?
A:For the record- neither Peter Jackson nor I had the faintest contact about the HOBBIT movies prior to the absolute completion of HELLBOY II. I got Peter’s first call in December 2007- way after we wrapped the film. So, the visuals in the HOBBIT movie are not anticipated in the HBII movie. [...]
Q:Who are your top choices to play Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming Hobbit Movies?
A:Hopefully, very soon we can reveal that [...]

[13.11.2008] CS! sprach mit Guillermo del Toro über den Stand der Dinge...
[...] He says they won't start the casting process until they've finished writing: "Literally, like every week, what you discover writing the two movies, writing the two stories, it changes. So, every week there's a discovery, and anything we say this week would be contradicted next week. Certainly that would be true in casting. Why create hopes or why create expectations if down the line you're going to go, 'You know what? That was not a good idea.'"
Regarding the creatures, he says there are so many more to be explored in "The Hobbit" films that were not explored in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. "We want to do a muscle-driven, radio-controlled suits for a couple of things. I already started that with Wink in 'Hellboy II.' Wink was pushed as far as we could within the time limits and the budget limits of the movie and we're going to take what we learned and apply it.
"Smaug is the creature in 'The Hobbit.' The way Tolkien wrote it, already, is magnificent. It's already a fantastic character. So, obviously, dragons, you ask every person what their best favorite dragon is, they will give you a different answer. In my mind, what we're going to attempt on the design of this creature and the creation of this creature needs to push the envelope beyond anything you've ever seen on that kind of creature.
"There is some stuff that has been done with dragons that I find... there are very few landmarks created for me. One of the best and one of the strongest landmarks that almost nobody can overcome is 'Dragonslayer.' The design of the Vermithrax Pejorative is perhaps one of the most perfect creature designs ever made. So, what you have to be careful is not to try to be distinctive just to be distinctive, but Smaug has certain characteristics that make him unique already. I am bursting at the seams about spilling the beans, but I won't because I would be shot." [...]

[01.11.2008] Bei gibt es neues Videomaterial zum kommenden "Der Herr der Ringe: Die Eroberung" / "The Lord of the Rings: Conquest" für PS3, Xbox 360 und PC...

[05.10.2008] CS! zitiert Guillermo del Toro...
[...] Currently at the beginning of pre-production on The Hobbit, del Toro discussed his process of gathering ideas, or "feeding his brain," in order to conceptualize his own vision of Middle Earth unique from where Peter Jackson went in his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy...
"I find you have to discipline yourself to write in the morning, and then watch and read in the afternoons stuff that seems relevant, even in a tangential way. For example, reading or watching World War I documentaries or books that I think inform 'The Hobbit,' strangely enough, because I believe it is a book born out of Tolkien's generation's experience with World War I and the disappointment of being in that field and seeing all those values kind of collapse. I think it's a turning point that you need to familiarize yourself with. I'm starting. Peter Jackson is such a fan of that historical moment and obsessive collector of World War I memorabilia, and he owns several genuine, life-size working reproductions of planes, tanks, cannons, ships! He has the perfect obsessive reproductions of uniforms of that time for armies of about 120 soldiers... each. I asked him which books he recommended... because I wouldn't be watching 'Krull' or 'The Dark Crystal,' I need to find my OWN way into the story. That's the same way I did 'Pan's Labyrinth' or 'Devil's Backbone,' by watching stuff you wouldn't think about.
"All my life I've been fascinated by dragons. I was born under the Chinese sign of The Dragon. All my life I'm collecting dragons. It's such a powerful symbol, and in the context of 'The Hobbit' it is used to cast its shadow through the entire narrative. Essentially, Smaug represents so many things: greed, pride... he's 'the Magnificent,' after all. The way his shadow is cast in the narrative you cannot then show it and have it be one thing, he has to be the embodiment of all those things. He's one of the few dragons that will have enormous scenes with lines. He has some of the most beautiful dialogues in those scenes! The design, I'm pretty sure that will be the last design we will sign off on, and the first design we have attempted. It is certainly a matter of turning every stone before figuring out what he looks like, because what he looks like will tell you what he is." [...]
When pressed by a fan during the Q & A regarding the Wargs' appearance in The Hobbit, del Toro seemed like a child dying to spill the big secret he has but forcing himself to show restraint, joking that "Warner Brothers has a sniper right here in the theater."
"There will be different sensibilities involved in this movie than there were in the original trilogy. First of all, because we have the travelogues in 'The Hobbit' which goes to places and variations on races that were not addressed in the trilogy. My belief on the 'Wargs' issue is that the classical incarnation of the demonic wolf in Nordic mythology is not a hyena-shaped creature. It is a wolf. The archetype is a wolf, so we're going to go back to the slender, archetypical wolf that is, I think, the inspiration for Tolkien. Listen... if we were having a drink two years from now I would spill the beans, because I'm a pretty easy guy about spilling the beans, but I can't in this instance I can't because it's three years from now... believe me, I am jumping up-and-down inside this fat body!"

[20.08.2008] CS! meldet...
Both and Entertainment Weekly are reporting that writing has begun for The Hobbit, targeted for a December 2011 release, and its sequel, coming December 2012.
"The Lord of the Rings" screenwriting team of Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens have joined director Guillermo del Toro to write the screenplays for the two planned movies.
Shooting is expected to start at the earliest in the fall of 2009 in New Zealand.

[01.07.2008] STYD sprach mit Del Toro über den Stand der Dinge...
[...] The director says he's been bouncing back and forth to London lately for the Hobbit films. There are no scripts yet, however, "We already started notes and underlining and e-mailing back and forth. A few lines have been written here and there, but we will have the big pow-wow [soon] - bad pizza, take-out food in a sort've a pressure cooker [meeting] in about two weeks."

[05.06.2008] Wie Empire Online meldet, möchte Christopher Lee gerne nochmal in die Rolle des Saruman schlüpfen...
[...] "I’d be interested in seeing how that transition from good to evil occurred and, yes, of course I would return to the role if I was asked." [...]

[30.05.2008] Wie meldet, steht der Bilbo-Darsteller für die kommenden "Hobbit"-Filme möglicherweise bereits fest: James McAvoy (u.a. "Wanted", "Die Chroniken von Narnia: Der König von Narnia")...
Scottish actor JAMES McAVOY has been tipped to take the lead role in the new movie version of LORD OF THE RINGS prequel THE HOBBIT.
J.R.R. Tolkien's novel is set to be turned into a major blockbuster under the direction of Guillermo del Toro and filming is due to begin in New Zealand later this year (08).
Sir Ian McKellen will reprise his role as Gandalf and McAvoy is rumoured to be the favourite to take the lead role of hobbit Bilbo Baggins.
The character was played by Ian Holm in the previous films of the fantasy franchise, but he is due to be replaced by a high profile star for the new movie.
A source tells British newspaper the Daily Express, "A number of names have been doing the rounds, including Daniel Radcliffe and Jack Black, but James (McAvoy) is the one the film's bosses really want.
"They're expected to have talks soon so hopefully it could be confirmed in the not too distant future."
And director del Toro adds, "I can tell you it's down to a few names that we all agree upon. For our first choice, completely magically we all have the same name."

[29.05.2008] IndieWIRE berichtet aus Cannes, u.a. sind weitere "Herr der Ringe"-Filme im Gespräch...
[...] A longtime producer, Parent's vision for MGM intends to come into full focus by its 2010 slate, with 8-12 original productions from MGM itself, another 5 from its partner company United Artists, and 4 or 5 acquisitions. The titles will be themed "across the board," said Parent. "And the [MGM] library is a treasure chest. There is a great deal to pull."
For MGM, among those is a continuation of Bond and Pink Panther sequels, an announced remake of "Fame" and a not-yet-announced remake of "RoboCop," possibly in 3-D. "'RoboCop" would be great in 3-D, as would something we're hoping to announce soon," said Parent. This also includes "The Hobbit," which will be filmed in two parts released in 2011 and 2012, and maybe more after. "There's 80 years between the end of 'The Hobbit' and the beginning of 'The Lord of the Rings,'" said Sloan. "Think of the franchise." [...]

[27.05.2008] IESB meldet...
Christopher Tolkien, son to famous author J.R.R. Tolkien, is 83 years old and doesn't like Hollywood.
He was against the making of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy (friends say they still don't think he ever watched the films) and is at it again now that The Hobbit and its sequel are on the fast track to the big screen.
He is asking for "one last crusade" in the long-running court battle he has going with the producers of LOTR. Apparently, he plans to ask a Californian judge to back his claim that he can "terminate" film rights to the Hobbit in a hearing on June 6th. Witnesses say he "is furious with New Line studio." [...]

[26.05.2008] Bei WETA Holics gibt es den Transcript eines Chats mit Peter Jackson und Guillermo del Toro, in dem diese Fragen der Fans beantworteten... Hier ein kleiner Auszug zur Frage welche Schauspieler aus der Trilogie auch in den kommenden "Hobbit"-Filmen mitwirken werden...
[...] apart from extreme circumstances, we would never recast a character who appeared in the LOTR trilogy. You can read The Hobbit and pretty much see which characters play a part. The unknown facter is Film Two, which we are still developing. If we wished to write one of the LOTR characters into the narrative of Film Two, we would only do that with that actors blessing, and willingess to take part. Otherwise we'd take the writing in another direction. [...]

[22.05.2008] meldet...
[...] Pre-production is about to get under way on the two-part "Hobbit." Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are expected to pen the scripts under the direction of Peter Jackson and del Toro. Preliminary contact has already been made with at least three actors whose "Lord of the Rings" characters also appear in the "Hobbit" storyline: Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Andy Serkis (Gollum).
"We will all be involved in the script in some fashion but the exact definition is about a week away, " said del Toro. "I am all for keeping the actors who originated the parts, as much as availability and their willingness will allow." [...]

[08.05.2008] "The Lord of the Rings: Conquest" für PS3, Xbox 360 und PC wurde angekündigt...

[01.05.2008] Empire Online sprach mit Sir Ian McKellen über seine Beteiligung in den kommenden "Hobbit"-Filmen...
[...] "Yes, it’s true," he said. "I spoke to Guillermo in the very room that Peter Jackson offered me the part and he confirmed that I would be reprising the role. Obviously, it’s not a part that you turn down, I loved playing Gandalf."
So he’s happy to be back in the robes again?
"We talk occasionally and he’s looking forward to coming out of retirement, yes," he said. "Guillermo will be getting around to starting the script in about six weeks when he’s finished filming Hellboy 2."
The major question on everybody’s lips is what are they going to do with the second film, which takes place directly after The Hobbit and before Fellowship of the Ring?
"Well I’ve read The Hobbit so I’ve got a good idea of what the story would be," said McKellen. "But as to how it’s going to work over two films and what going to happen on screen, well Guillermo has not got down to working out the major details yet - I can tell you it’s going to be amazing though." [...]

[30.04.2008] Moviehole meldet...
[...] "Hobbit" director Guillermo Del Toro said he would love to bring back Elijah Wood, Sean Astin and so on, for that second film, to reprise their roles from the original trio of films.
"I want to be very clear about this. I am not going to recast any actor that is willing and able to work with us," Del Toro told MTV News. "It would be my hope to bring back the same actors to play the parts. The casting on the trilogy was perfect."
The first film, "The Hobbit" won’t feature many of the characters that we saw in "Lord of the Rings" because it’s set some fifty years before the events of that series. The main star of it will likely be Ian Holm, reprising his role as Bilbo. Or will he?
‘’[Holm] certainly is the paragon we aspire to. He will be involved in some manner, I'm sure. But at his age ... it's too early to tell", Del Toro tells MTV. "We are just in the early stages. It's too early to make commitments of that sort. We prefer to let the screenplay and the way the character comes to life guide us in the casting. I have many people in mind. Anything [else] I say will be used against me in a court of law’’. [...]

[28.04.2008] TORn sprach mit Guillermo del Toro Regie über die Verfilmung von "Der kleine Hobbit", inkl. folgendem Hinweis für die HDR-Fans...
[...] Do you have any roles cast?
GDT: Well, I had the most charming meeting with Sir Ian, and all bureaucracy pending, he’s on board, as is Andy Serkis. We will continue giving you progress reports as the occur. It is our intention that we will not lose any of the key elements.
What will differ from your films versus Peter’s?
The only thing I will be pushing for more in these films that the other three are full animatronics and animatronic creatures enhanced with CGI, as opposed to CGI creatures themselves. We really want to take the state-of-the-art animatronics and take a leap ten years into the future with the technology we will develop for the creatures in the movie. We have every intention to do for animatronics and special effects what the other films did for virtual reality. Another thing people will notice, at the beginning of the film will be the palette, that will be slightly different, the world will be the same but it will be a more ‘golden’ world, a more wide-eyed world. But by no means will we depart from the canon, we will take the three previous films as canon. When I become part of a world that I love, such as this, I really come with a lot of enthusiasm and hard work, and we know we are recreating and creating a world that is part of the mythos of millions of people and we will approach it as passionately and respectfully as it needs to be taken. [...]

[25.04.2008] Jetzt ist es offiziell !!! Wie meldet, wird Guillermo del Toro Regie bei der 2-teiligen Verfilmung von "Der kleine Hobbit" führen...
In a major step forward on "The Hobbit," Guillermo del Toro has signed on to direct the New Line-MGM tentpole and its sequel.
The widely expected announcement -- which had been rumored for several weeks -- came Thursday afternoon jointly from exec producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, New Line president Toby Emmerich, and Mary Parent, newly named chief of MGM’s Worldwide Motion Picture Group.
Del Toro’s moving to New Zealand for the next four years to work with Jackson and his Wingnut and Weta production teams. He’ll direct the two films back to back, with the sequel dealing with the 60-year period between "The Hobbit" and "The Fellowship of the Ring," the first of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
New Line is overseeing development and will manage production. Both pics are being co-produced and co-financed by New Line Cinema and MGM, with Warner Bros. distributing domestically and MGM handling international.
Del Toro won’t leave for New Zealand immediately as he’s still in post-production on U’s "Hellboy 2," due out in July. His previous pic, "Pan’s Labyrinth," was released through New Line’s Picturehouse and set a record as the highest grossing Spanish language film in U.S. box office history.
The official signing of Del Toro comes four months after New Line settled a lawsuit with Jackson over "The Lord of the Rings" and announced that it had agreed with MGM to turn J.R.R. Tolkien’s "Hobbit" into two live-action films. Sam Raimi had been preceived as the initial front-runner as director but Del Toro had emerged in recent months as the likely candidate.
The studios didn’t give a start date on production and don’t yet have a script. Though no screenplay deal’s been set, it’s expected that the "LOTR" scripting team of Jackson, Walsh and Philippa Boyens will collaborate with Del Toro.
With Del Toro blocking out four years for the project, it’s likely that the studios are aiming at starting shooting next year and releasing the films in late 2011 and 2012.
Jackson’s WETA stages, post-production and visual effects facilities -- built for "The Lord of the Rings" -- will be used for both films. And New Zealand will again be the site of Middle-earth, with the story centering on Bilbo Baggins taking the Ring of Power from Gollum.

[21.04.2008] CS! sprach mit Del Toro...
CS/SHH!: Of course, there's been a lot of talk about "The Hobbit" lately, but you have so many projects on the slate either in development or attached to. Are you ready to get involved something like that which is so big and time-consuming? Do you have other directors you want to line up to make these other movies?
Yeah, well I'm very conscious that doing "The Hobbit" demands four plus years of my life where I will not do anything else as a director, and as far as producing is concerned, I think we have a good year and a half of pre-production, so I can always be available but concentrating on "The Hobbit."
CS/SHH!: Do you think you'd get involved with Peter on the writing of that?
We are still talking about how to go, but I will be involved with the writing, yes.
CS/SHH!: What's the most daunting thing with taking on a project of that size besides the time involved?
There's the scope, and the learning curve, because the amount of things I've gotta learn. I fell in love with "The Hobbit" but I'm marrying an entire mythology. It's like meeting the family of a girl you're going to marry... you get them all, and I fell in love with "The Hobbit" and now I'm familiarizing myself with not only the trilogy--the trilogy I only finally read--but every single thing I can read that Tolkien generated about Middle Earth or about him I'm reading, and in terms of the visuals. In order for the two movies to seamlessly involve into the trilogy, I have to literally put myself through the biggest "making of" ever assembled. I'm going to watch all the dailies of "Fellowship" and I'm going to watch most of the dailies of "The Return of the King." I'll watch as much material as I possibly can take, the camera reports... everything. By the end of the second ("Hobbit") movie, you have to be able to have evolved towards "The Lord of the Rings" and feel that it's a complete continuation. [...]

[20.04.2008] CS! meldet...
[...] Guillermo said that we'll know in four or five days whether all the legal stuff on The Hobbit and its sequel has been worked out and if he'll be moving ahead. [...]

[14.04.2008] Guillermo del Toro schrieb vor kurzem im offiziellen "Hellboy" Forum über die "Hobbit"-Verfilmung...
[...] for the last few weeks there has been a lot of creative / cast / crew / visual talks and agreements and we have witnessed great progress in areas that I cannot disclose or that have already leaked from other sources.
I am dying to share news but I have to be patient and wait until the papers are done and my attachment is real. Nevertheless- a LOT of progress in defining the films, their cast and crew. And, may I add, we are all happily in synch about all creative aspects so far and all willing and eager to move forth.
I cannot say more but if all´s well the time will come To talk of many things: Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing wax -- Of cabbages -- and kings --
May Luck be with us
PD my silnece means nothing more than the fact that we are RUNNING against an impossible deadline on the HBII film, poster, campaign, ADR, VFX, etc I am SWAMPED.
BUT- Expect good things in the next 2 weeks and a nice item at COMICON. [...]

[01.04.2008] Laut AICN steht der Soundtrack-Komponist für die "Hobbit"-Verfilmung bereits fest...
[...] Yesterday evening I was able to go to "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Score Performed Live to the Epic Motion Picture" in Lucerne in Switzerland.
Composer Howard Shore attended, and participated in a small session on the scoring the music for FOTR.
Towards the end the audience had the opportunity to ask some questions. One person asked about his involvement in THE HOBBIT. Mr. Shore replied that he is involved. Apparently he has been working on ideas since working on the THE TWO TOWERS.
For Mr. Shore it will be the first time he will be working with Guillermo del Toro. [...]

[29.03.2008] Unter beantwortet Sir Ian McKellen aka Gandalf Fragen der Fans...
Q: [...] Will you again be our Gandalf in "The Hobbit" now that the deal is settled?
Yes I will, if Peter Jackson and I have anything to do with it, he being the producer and me being, on the whole, a very lucky actor. [...]
Q: Have you been approached yet by Peter Jackson or anyone else about reprising your wonderful role as Gandalf for the two upcoming "Hobbit" movies. I read that principal photography begins in 2009, and I can't imagine those movies without you!
Encouragingly, Peter and Fran Walsh have told me they couldn't imagine The Hobbit without their original Gandalf. Their confidence hasn't yet been confirmed by the director Guillermo del Toro but I am keeping my diary free for 2009! [...]

[19.03.2008] TORn sprach mit Guillermo Del Toro über den Stand der Dinge in Sachen "Hobbit"-Verfilmung...
[...] "At this stage anything I say is of no consequence for I am not yet signed to do "The Hobbit." Negotiations advance but are still ongoing," he said.
The Mexican born director is busy however researching not only the Hobbit but the greater J.R.R. Tolkien library.
"All I can say is that I am diligently going through all Tolkien material related to Middle-earth but only as a way of bridging a gap in my reading. I still respond the strongest to "The Hobbit," but as an avid reader of Mythology I find a lot of his other writings fascinating. A perfect Cosmology forged from very eclectic sources [...]"

[12.02.2008] Empire Online sprach mit Guillermo Del Toro über die "Hobbit"-Situation...
[...] Many sites have been reporting that his deal to direct is signed and sealed and just waiting for an end to the writers' strike before it's announced. But that’s not so, he says.
"I wish it was definite, but it isn’t," he told us. "It’s still in talks, there are still a lot of 'T's to cross and 'I's to dot. It’s certainly not certain yet... But, as far as I’m concerned, [if it was definite] I would be packed in ten seconds".
Many will know that earlier this week the Tolkien estate announced that they are suing New Line for money they say is owed them from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which could potentially mean the studio loses the rights to make The Hobbit.
"I heard that, but I’m quite zen about those things," Del Toro continued. "Since that news broke, I have not exchanged a single phone call with my lawyer or my manager or anyone. They talk about it and I have received some emails, but, as far as I’m concerned, until I’m on board I should not worry about it. I read about it, but there’s nothing I can do about it. This week seems to be the lawsuit week in Hollywood".
Finally, if, fingers crossed, he does put pen to paper to direct The Hobbit and its sequel, we asked him if he’d bring back any of the Lord of the Rings cast whose characters appear in The Hobbit, like Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen.
"Yeah, absolutely. I’ve been pretty much incredibly open about the things that I love and don’t love in the past. I’ve turned down huge franchises in the past because there are parts of that world I don’t gel with. The reason I took Blade 2 is because I love the characters that Stephen Norrington created and the actors he used. That times ten is the reason why I’m interested in The Hobbit" [...]

[12.02.2008] CS! berichtet über einen weiteren Rechtsstreit...
The estate of "Lord of the Rings" creator J.R.R. Tolkien is suing New Line Cinema, claiming the company failed to pay a cut of gross profits for the blockbuster films. Here is today's statement from The Tolkien Trust:
The trustees of The Tolkien Trust, a British charity, have filed an action against New Line Cinema for its failure to pay a contractually required gross profit participation in the three films based on the world-famous Lord of the Rings trilogy. The trustees of the estate of JRR Tolkien and HarperCollins Publishers are co-plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The suit was filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court. [...]

[31.01.2008] IESB zeigt ein Video, in welchem Guillermo del Toro bestätigt bei dem oder den kommenden "Hobbit"-Filmen Regie zu führen...

[29.01.2008] Laut IESB meldet, wird Guillermo del Toro bei dem oder den kommenden "Hobbit"-Filmen Regie führen...
It’s been rumored for months and now confirmed, Del Toro is in talks to direct The Hobbit.
You've heard every online movie site debate about it, if Peter Jackson doesn’t direct The Hobbit, who would?
For months, actually going for a good part of a year there have been rumors that it was down to Sam Raimi and Guillermo del Toro to take on the directing responsibilities for heavily awaited Hobbit films.
The buzz started last week that Del Toro was in talks but considering he is still on Hellboy duties until around June the reports were easily dismissed with some industry sources believing that Sam Raimi, who currently has an open slate, would be the man to take Lord of the Rings fans back to Middle Earth.
If Del Toro does indeed get hired to direct, the film’s production is expected to start sometime in 2009. [...]

[12.01.2008] MTV sprach mit Elijah Wood über die kommenden "Hobbit"-Filme...
Attention Cate Blanchett, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, and Sean Astin: You’ve gone "There." Now get ready to go "Back Again" - at least according to Elijah Wood’s conversations with "Hobbit" maestro Peter Jackson.
"I haven’t spoken to him directly about it [but] I’ve e-mailed him, and as far as I know the two films that they’re doing, one will be ‘The Hobbit’ and another will take place between the 60 years that happened between ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings,’" the once and future Frodo enthused to MTV News, possibly confirming rumors that the second planned film would not be a Part II, but instead a narrative bridge.
Which means plenty of opportunities for all the stars of "LOTR" to reprise their famous characters in some capacity. None more so, perhaps, than Wood himself, who would arguably be a central figure along with Gandalf, Aragorn, Galadriel, and Gollum in any connecting story. [...]
"If I’m asked to go back and revisit that character and it makes sense, I would love to. I would absolutely love to," he said. [...]

[10.01.2008] Der TV-Sender ZDF zeigt heute um 20.15 Uhr "Der Herr der Ringe: Die Rückkehr des Königs"... Die Wiederholung läuft um 1.35 Uhr...

[04.01.2008] Unter schreibt Michael S. in der Rubrik "Michis Ecke" über seinen Besuch beim "Herr der Ringe"-Musical in London...

[03.01.2008] Der TV-Sender ZDF zeigt heute um 20.15 Uhr "Der Herr der Ringe: Die zwei Türme"... Die Wiederholung läuft um 0.30 Uhr...

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