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.”
The Peter Jackson-produced two-part The Hobbit adaptation, scheduled to begin principal photography early next year, has dodged a lawsuit that might have derailed the entire project. But now the films are in danger again, as motion picture studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer considers declaring bankruptcy.
Weta Workshop, the special effects company based in Miramar, New Zealand, has acquired a new license from Warner Bros. Consumer Products to create a new line of fine art collectibles and memorabilia based on The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.
At next month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will debut Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest, its new youth- and family-oriented Lord of the Rings video game. Aragorn’s Quest is the first Tolkien game to be announced since Electronic Arts lost its franchise license in 2008.