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I'm getting emails that The Hobbit movie has been put back.

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Shooting was scheduled to start next year but it has now been postponed until 2010 - with the release day pushed back to 2012.

The reason for the delay is unknown.
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If I get it confirmed I'll post it on the blog but at the moment its nothing more than rumor.
That suggests that they're still in the conceptual stage, working out the adaptation from book to screenplay. And no wonder, if they're trying to make a second movie that bridges the Hobbit and the LOTR. Is that one going to follow Gollum's search to get the ring back and then all of Gandalf's and Aragorn's traveling and searching to trace the ring's (and Gollum's) travels? There doesn't seem to be enough material for that to make a movie. Or is it supposed to trace the whole history of the ring--taking the ring's-eye view, or Sauron's view? That sounds too ambitious.

Anyway, the director has said that it is way to early for people to be speculating about who will play this or that character, so I imagine that Fran and Phillipa and Peter are still sitting around tearing their hair out amid piles of paper and stacks of books.
I wonder if this has anything to do with the Christopher Tolkien lawsuit? That could be bad....
NO! This isn't good. I don't want to wait that long. I hope that more info will come soon to explain this. ugh. not good. Well, at least The Hobbit is going to come out eventually. I just didn't think that it would take so long. Hopefully, it won't need to be postponed.
I agree it doesn't look good, mainly because no one is saying why its delayed. One minute you can't stop Del Toro talking about it and the next, silence.

It's either nothing but an internet rumor not worthy of an official comment or its bad..............
Has del toro even got the whole cast yet? I wasn't sure if he did. Maybe that could have been a reason for the set back?

I do hope the second movie has something to do with the council of the wizards, but at the moment from looking at the youtube link it looks doubtful seening as Christopher lee doesnt look so keen on returning to middle earth as Saruman the white, but he did say he would do the voice of smaug!! which is something! <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />

I'm also hoping Viggo mortenson and lyv tyler will in the 2nd movie! maybe we will see more of the love, as arwen wasn't really shown in the lotr trilogy even though she was still a big part!

But I do hope the hobbit movies will start filming shortly! I cant wait to see there work this time! I just hope the work is as good as the lord of the rings trilogy!
I don't think Del Toro has made [i:3lpfqhdp]any[/i:3lpfqhdp] definite decisions on the cast. But I know there are some actors that are on a list for Bilbo. He just needs to narrow down that list. Of course, he's not telling ANYONE who is on that list. Not for now, anyways <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />
[quote="Beren":2u5tt58a]I don't think Del Toro has made [i:2u5tt58a]any[/i:2u5tt58a] definite decisions on the cast. But I know there are some actors that are on a list for Bilbo. He just needs to narrow down that list. Of course, he's not telling ANYONE who is on that list. Not for now, anyways <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />[/quote:2u5tt58a]
I hope he anounces something soon!!! But we all know how movie directers can get when it comes to saying anything early especially when it's a movie as highly anticipated as this. As far as Bilbo goes I hope they cast someone with similar looks to Ian Holme (seeing as he was the first Bilbo and all). But I don't know of any actors that would look like him but maybe I'm just having a brain freeze.
TheOneRing.Net are quoting Del Toro saying there is no truth in the rumor.
I hope that's true...
Don't We all (hope it's true) :!:
[quote="lothierial":2x9qe2wa][quote="Beren":2x9qe2wa]I don't think Del Toro has made [i:2x9qe2wa]any[/i:2x9qe2wa] definite decisions on the cast. But I know there are some actors that are on a list for Bilbo. He just needs to narrow down that list. Of course, he's not telling ANYONE who is on that list. Not for now, anyways <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />[/quote:2x9qe2wa]
I hope he anounces something soon!!! But we all know how movie directers can get when it comes to saying anything early especially when it's a movie as highly anticipated as this. As far as Bilbo goes I hope they cast someone with similar looks to Ian Holme (seeing as he was the first Bilbo and all). But I don't know of any actors that would look like him but maybe I'm just having a brain freeze.[/quote:2x9qe2wa]

There are two confirmed to be casted in the hobbit 1 and 2 which alot of people probably already know.

- Andy serkis - gollumn
- Ian Mckellen - Gandalf =]

I hope more are to come! <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />
http://www.theonering.net/torwp/categor ... bit-movie/
is announcing the following message:

Rumors are hitting the web today that the release of The Hobbit will not be until 2012. We are trying to independently confirm/deny this rumor so look for an update shortly! Thanks to the Ringers who are sending in the links to various news stories on the topic.

UPDATE

We have received confirmation from the source of all sources, GDT himself stating that this rumor is NOT TRUE. Rest easy folks, itís not happening.
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just thought I'd send this message in! =]
[quote="smshadow"]http://www.theonering.net/torwp/category/hobbit/hobbit-movie/
is announcing the following message:

Rumors are hitting the web today that the release of The Hobbit will not be until 2012. We are trying to independently confirm/deny this rumor so look for an update shortly! Thanks to the Ringers who are sending in the links to various news stories on the topic.

UPDATE

We have received confirmation from the source of all sources, GDT himself stating that this rumor is NOT TRUE. Rest easy folks, itís not happening.
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It is looking up since the director is saying that it is a rumor and not true <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />
[quote="lothierial":35pu0row][quote="smshadow":35pu0row]http://www.theonering.net/torwp/category/hobbit/hobbit-movie/
is announcing the following message:

Rumors are hitting the web today that the release of The Hobbit will not be until 2012. We are trying to independently confirm/deny this rumor so look for an update shortly! Thanks to the Ringers who are sending in the links to various news stories on the topic.

UPDATE

We have received confirmation from the source of all sources, GDT himself stating that this rumor is NOT TRUE. Rest easy folks, itís not happening.
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It is looking up since the director is saying that it is a rumor and not true <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />[/quote:35pu0row][/quote:35pu0row]

I'm really glad about that!

2012 is such a long way to go!!!
They still haven't picked an actor to play Bilbo yet...
No, but a few weeks ago Del Toro said he expected an announcement in a few weeks. So I'm expecting something any day now.
Dr Who might be Bilbo 8-) .

[b:2ifrlki5]GB[/b:2ifrlki5]
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it looks like MGM is in serious financial trouble, which could impact the filming of [i:2elfyaag]The Hobbit[/i:2elfyaag]. ScreenRant has the story here:

[url:2elfyaag]http://screenrant.com/mgm-bankruptcy-the-hobbit-james-bond-ross-27635/[/url:2elfyaag]

I agree with the article's writer that someone will want to pick up [i:2elfyaag]The Hobbit[/i:2elfyaag] should MGM go belly up, but I think it might be more complicated than just selling the rights to another studio.

Thoughts?
Damn ... that's not good news. However, given that The Hobbit is almost certainly guaranteed to be a success, I am confident that someone else will step in. MGM might sell the distribution rights for The Hobbit too, and that could possibly help them with their financial situation.

We'll see, I guess....
perhaps the U.S. government should give MGM a bailout <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> ...

but seriously, I think that Bond and Hobbit are so highly anticipated that a lot of studios will be grabbing at them once they become available. The real question is: who do you think will end up with Hobbit? Fox? Disney? (that would be a nightmare)
I wouldn't be surprised if Warner Bros. tries to buy the distribution rights so that they can consolidate them and avoid having to share profits with another studio. MGM might want to put them on the open market to go to the highest bidder though. :?
Erm...I must have missed the memo about MGM being the distributor :roll: . I thought WB acquired New Line, and I thought that meant they would be distributing :? . Anyone care to set me straight :oops: ?

[b:2780vofx]GB[/b:2780vofx]
[quote="Beren":3gqzwvsh] Disney? (that would be a nightmare)[/quote:3gqzwvsh]

Hmm, I know what you're thinking about Disney taking hold of it being a nightmare, and I would admit it has a huge chance for it to be a disaster if it does. But on the other hand, Disney pulled out Pirates of the Caribbean, a [i:3gqzwvsh]huge[/i:3gqzwvsh] hit that wasn't necessarily for children either. So Disney taking hold of it wouldn't be a... [b:3gqzwvsh]total[/b:3gqzwvsh] nightmare, but it leaves some room for it. <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> .
Disney's biggest problem is Lack of Commitment <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> . When Prince Caspian "only" made $450 million globally (one of the top 5 biggest grossing films that year), they dropped it like a hot potato :roll: . Also, they have a bad habit of plastering their brand-name all over products that they are merely distributing, giving the uninformed the impression that the product is Cheez-Whiz.

Having said that, their first tier films are often Good to Excellent. It's mainly their second tier films that are blander than Velveeta Slices :lol: .

[b:11i3npga]GB[/b:11i3npga]
and I just don't like how Disney does business. There are many rumors out there about how much involvement Disney has in its films, but of course they have to have some say, since they're putting up the money. Ideally, the company would just loan the money, claim a profit, and be done with it. But that's not reality.
Disney is notorious for, as GB said, not committing (or backing out) of stuff. Plus, there were other reasons they dropped PC. There were disputes about VDT and how it was going to be handled between Disney and Walden. Walden is very faithful to Lewis and wishes to make a faithful adaptation. Disney wanted to make ANY change necessary to make VDT do better than PC. Walden didn't like how much Disney was messing with the affair of actually making the film, so Walden walked away. And Disney said fine, we don't want you anyways.

But I'm not against Disney just because of PC and VDT. Just their ethics seem to have gone down the drain, and their productions are no longer quality productions (with a few exceptions, like Pirates).
[b:1wdyt95h]GB[/b:1wdyt95h] - for some reason the rights for The Hobbit got split up. MGM (through United Artists) holds distribution rights to it, while Saul Zaentz has production rights (and is letting Warner Bros. make the films). [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hobbit_films#Development:1wdyt95h]Wikipedia[/url:1wdyt95h] has a fairly good article with references on it.
Also, [url=http://www.kristinthompson.net/blog/?p=872:2tz8rg1g]Kristin Thompson[/url:2tz8rg1g] has put together a good argument about why this isn't cause to worry:

[quote="Kristin Thompson":2tz8rg1g]But that doesnít mean that the production of The Hobbit is likely to be interrupted, let alone terminated. We donít know what portion of the filming budget MGM is supposed to put up. It may be considerably less than Warner Bros.ís share. There is almost certainly a clause in the agreement between WB and MGM that dictates what would happen in the event of MGM being unable to pay its portion. It might be obligated to sell the distribution rights to The Hobbit to Warner Bros. Warner might even try to buy the ailing studio at a bargain price. Iíve got to believe that WB has covered all contingencies in relation to such a valuable property. Itís quite possible that WB executives would be quite happy to have MGM out of the way.[/quote:2tz8rg1g]
Great, makes sense to me. Thanks Eldorion.

[b:39ex4dkm]GB[/b:39ex4dkm]
No problem, GB. <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />
I have given the posts regarding Christopher Lee's Knighthood their own thread in this same sub-forum :geek: . Feel free to keep posting your thoughts and reminiscences on Lee and his Legacy there :mrgreen: .

[b:3og2q90t]GB[/b:3og2q90t]