Major casting is well under way for the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit, with official signatures on the dotted line for Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), and of course Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins…
The ‘Tubes are jammed this week with contrary facts and rumors about the now-greenlit two-part adaptation of The Hobbit. Here is a quick summary of what we know and what we think we know…
In my current role as a (barely) paid (semi-) professional writer of Tolkien news, reviews and other ephemera, I took it upon myself to view again, for the first time since 1978, Bakshi’s “JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings,” and give it a second chance with an adult perspective.
The production situation for Guillermo del Toro’s two-part The Hobbit adaptation has become clearer in the last week, as it appears that various media and online reports relied too much on casual comments made over the last year by del Toro and executive producer Peter Jackson, rather than official announcements by New Line Cinema.
Tolkien movie fans were dismayed to learn this week that production on the two-part The Hobbit feature film will not begin in March 2010, as was previously announced. Producer Peter Jackson told a German film site that principal photography on the Lord of the Rings prequel will not begin until mid-2010 at the earliest.
Director Guillermo del Toro has confirmed, in an interview with BBC Radio 5, that Sir Ian McKellen will reprise the role of Gandalf in the upcoming two-part film version of The Hobbit. Del Toro also revealed that Hugo Weaving will return as Elrond Half-elven, and Andy Serkis will once again provide the voice and movements for the computer-generated character Gollum.
A two-part film adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s beloved children’s novel, The Hobbit, is slated for release in December 2011 and December 2012. The films will be directed by Guillermo del Toro, with Peter Jackson acting as executive producer and co-writer.