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    Default The Hobbit AND The Sequel To Be Produced By Peter Jackson

    This just made my fucking Christmas.

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    PETER JACKSON AND NEW LINE CINEMA JOIN WITH MGM TO PRODUCE “THE HOBBIT”
    December 18, 2007

    ACADEMY AWARD-WINNER PETER JACKSON AND
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    EAGERLY-ANTICIPATED FANTASY ADVENTURE EPIC

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    NEW LINE AND MGM TO CO-PRODUCE AND
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    PETER JACKSON AND FRAN WALSH TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCE TWO FILMS BASED ON “THE HOBBIT”

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    Los Angeles, CA (Tuesday, December 18, 2007) Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson; Harry Sloan, Chairman and CEO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM); Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs of New Line Cinema have jointly announced today that they have entered into the following series of agreements:

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    * MGM and New Line will co-finance and co-distribute two films, “The Hobbit” and a sequel to “The Hobbit.” New Line will distribute in North America and MGM will distribute internationally.

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    * Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh will serve as Executive Producers of two films based on “The Hobbit.” New Line will manage the production of the films, which will be shot simultaneously.

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    * Peter Jackson and New Line have settled all litigation relating to the “Lord of the Rings” (LOTR) Trilogy.

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    Said Peter Jackson, “I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to put our differences behind us, so that we may begin a new chapter with our old friends at New Line. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ is a legacy we proudly share with Bob and Michael, and together, we share that legacy with millions of loyal fans all over the world. We are delighted to continue our journey through Middle Earth. I also want to thank Harry Sloan and our new friends at MGM for helping us find the common ground necessary to continue that journey.”

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    “Peter Jackson has proven himself as the filmmaker who can bring the extraordinary imagination of Tolkien to life and we full heartedly agree with the fans worldwide who know he should be making ‘The Hobbit,’” said Sloan, MGM’s Chairman and CEO. “Now that we are all in agreement on ‘The Hobbit,’ we can focus on assembling the production team that will capture this phenomenal tale on film.”

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    Bob Shaye, New Line Co-Chairman and Co-CEO comments, “We are very pleased we have been able to resolve our differences, and that Peter and Fran will be actively and creatively involved with ‘The Hobbit’ movies. We know they will bring the same passion, care and talent to these films that they so ably accomplished with ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy.”

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    “Peter is a visionary filmmaker, and he broke new ground with ‘The Lord of the Rings,’” notes Michael Lynne, New Line Co-Chairman and Co-CEO. “We’re delighted he’s back for ‘The Hobbit’ films and that the Tolkien saga will continue with his imprint. We greatly appreciate the efforts of Harry Sloan, who has been instrumental in helping us reach our new accord.”

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    The two “Hobbit” films – “The Hobbit” and its sequel – are scheduled to be shot simultaneously, with pre-production beginning as soon as possible. Principal photography is tentatively set for a 2009 start, with the intention of “The Hobbit” release slated for 2010 and its sequel the following year, in 2011.



    The Oscar-winning, critically-acclaimed LOTR Trilogy grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide at the box-office. In 2003, “Return of the King” swept the Academy Awards, winning all of the eleven 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.

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    Yes!!! I knew they had to settle their differences sooner or latter. This is the biggest slam dunk in movie history. Now they need to get Ian Holm and (especially) Ian McKellen cast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by looper_guy View Post
    Yes!!! I knew they had to settle their differences sooner or latter. This is the biggest slam dunk in movie history. Now they need to get Ian Holm and (especially) Ian McKellen cast.
    McKellan certainly! Holm might be a little too old to convincingly play a young Bilbo over the course of two movies.
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    Damn!

    Only one way this news could be any better - does either Arwen or Lady Galadriel appear in "The Hobbit"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum View Post
    McKellan certainly! Holm might be a little too old to convincingly play a young Bilbo over the course of two movies.
    Valid point. I thought about that. But, as they did a commendable creating a CGI Gollum, I figured they could at least take a few years off of Holm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by looper_guy View Post
    Valid point. I thought about that. But, as they did a commendable creating a CGI Gollum, I figured they could at least take a few years off of Holm.
    True. We are at that technological apex now, aren't we?
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    You realize that when both of these movies come out on dvd in the future, theres not just gunna be the 2 movies...theres gunna be 4 hours of deleted scenes, directors cuts, extended versions, special editions etc...:yawn:

    Not to say that a hobbit movie wouldnt be cool but after the LOTR DVD on-slaught, im not sure how many versions of the movie I would buy. My cousin has every single LOTR trilogy DVD they came out with and its kinda....annoying lol.
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    McKellan had stated before that he's in regardless if Jackson is involved or not, there's only one Gandalf! Don't really know about Ian Holmes but there were rumours that Saruman, Legolas + his dad and young Aragorn would be in the movie, starred by the LOTR actors.

    As far as Galadrien goes she should definately be in the sequel, coz I suppose it's gonna be about Dol Guldur/Sauron as Necromancer, and probably Balin's quest and his fall in Moria. Which if I recall correctly is when Aragorn and Gandalf first went thru the dungeouns.

    To be honest, if these two movies are a worldwide success (I'm 120% sure they will be) I'll be hoping for the whole Tolkien Legendarium franchise to go on and on. Just imagine a movie about The Rise of the Witchking and the Fall of Arnor (it's when Nazguls invaded Arnor, destroyed Aman Sul and pretty much everything else until Elrond, Glorfindel and other leet guys kicked their asses out). Tolkien came up with enough material for hundrets of epic movies really.

    I can just imagine how the Battle of Five Armies gonna look like in the first Hobbit, let alone what comes next in the sequel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Boxer 9901 View Post
    You realize that when both of these movies come out on dvd in the future, theres not just gunna be the 2 movies...theres gunna be 4 hours of deleted scenes, directors cuts, extended versions, special editions etc...:yawn:

    Not to say that a hobbit movie wouldnt be cool but after the LOTR DVD on-slaught, im not sure how many versions of the movie I would buy. My cousin has every single LOTR trilogy DVD they came out with and its kinda....annoying lol.
    Dude you can't fully appreciate the work that Jackson's team had done making those movies unless you see behind the scenes disks man. There're no deleted scenes on it at all (save for 'storyboard' animations), but when you get to listen to all the interviews with actors, WETA workshop staff, carpenters, blacksmiths, stunts, CG animators - gosh that's truly fantastic. Pretty much all of them like transfered into Middle-Earth times and into their characters, I mean Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan (Pippen/Merry) became like best-friends in real life, Viggo Mortensen would gather the whole crew around the campfire to tell the stories from his life, Brad Dourif (Grima) would forget to switch to his natural American accent after reheasing his parts etc.

    Besides as far as I know there're only three LOTR versions released - invividual theatre/theatre boxset and Extended boxset.

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    So is Jackson directing too, or just producing? Did I miss it?
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    I don't think he's directing, that's why they refer to 'the production team' because New Line probably hasn't chosen anyone for that role yet. That's not a good or a bad thing - depending on a movie a producer can be alot more in charge than a director.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WinterlessIceness View Post
    McKellan had stated before that he's in regardless if Jackson is involved or not, there's only one Gandalf! Don't really know about Ian Holmes but there were rumours that Saruman, Legolas + his dad and young Aragorn would be in the movie, starred by the LOTR actors.

    As far as Galadrien goes she should definately be in the sequel, coz I suppose it's gonna be about Dol Guldur/Sauron as Necromancer, and probably Balin's quest and his fall in Moria. Which if I recall correctly is when Aragorn and Gandalf first went thru the dungeouns.

    To be honest, if these two movies are a worldwide success (I'm 120% sure they will be) I'll be hoping for the whole Tolkien Legendarium franchise to go on and on. Just imagine a movie about The Rise of the Witchking and the Fall of Arnor (it's when Nazguls invaded Arnor, destroyed Aman Sul and pretty much everything else until Elrond, Glorfindel and other leet guys kicked their asses out). Tolkien came up with enough material for hundrets of epic movies really.

    I can just imagine how the Battle of Five Armies gonna look like in the first Hobbit, let alone what comes next in the sequel
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    Quote Originally Posted by WinterlessIceness View Post
    I don't think he's directing, that's why they refer to 'the production team' because New Line probably hasn't chosen anyone for that role yet. That's not a good or a bad thing - depending on a movie a producer can be alot more in charge than a director.
    I was thinking the same thing, that they never made mention of Jackson actually directing. And I agree with what you said, that it's not entirely a bad thing, but it would be an incredibly good thing if he were the actual director. Yes, a producer can be a lot more in charge than a director sometimes, but this is Peter Jackson--I'm pretty sure he has earned enough trust to call all the shots as a director, especially with something like this which is a guaranteed home run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vh_chick View Post
    So is Jackson directing too, or just producing? Did I miss it?
    Sam Raimi seems to be a contender for director.
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