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…
After months of baseless speculation in both the fan and professional media, an official announcement from New Line Cinema confirms that Sir Peter Jackson will direct a two-part film adaptation of The Hobbit, to begin principal photography this February.
The entertainment industry paper reports that Sir Peter Jackson is close to signing a deal to direct the as-un-yet greenlighted two-part film adaptation of “The Hobbit.” According to the paper’s sources, Jackson is in Los Angeles this week, holding casting meetings for “The Hobbit.”
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.
Mainstream media sources including “Entertainment Weekly” are claiming that LOTR director and “The Hobbit” executive producer Sir Peter Jackson is in negotiations to direct both films, despite previous disclaimers to the contrary from his camp at Wellington, New Zealand’s Wingnut Films.
In the wake of the news that Guillermo del Toro has resigned as director of The Hobbit prequels, my friend David Krieger penned the following open letter on Facebook. With his permission, I have reposted it here…
Frustrated by “ongoing delays,” director Guillermo del Toro has stepped down as helmer of the two parts of the upcoming adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s “The Hobbit…”
Although none of the entities involved have issued official press releases, it has become clear that The Sun newspaper’s report yesterday, that actor Tobey Maguire signed to play the titular role in The Hobbit, was false.
Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy has been voted the best movie of the past decade by readers of Entertainment Weekly.
Indeed, the films have been listed, singly or as a trilogy, on dozens of “Best of the Decade” lists. Here is an (incomplete) list.