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New Hobbiton set there to stay

CHRIS GARDNER - Waikato Times
Last updated 05:00 30/10/2010

The new Hobbiton movie set will become forever enshrined in the Matatmata landscape when the film crews leave, with permanent materials being used for a "bigger and better" version of the Middle Earth village than seen in The Lord of the Rings.

Brett Hodge, owner of Matamata Post and Rails, which has supplied the timber for The Hobbit duology since construction began in February, told the Waikato Times that Sir Peter Jackson's company Three Foot Six was building the home of the Hobbits to last. [...]

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the article mentions Vic from Red Carpet Tours! :D



New Line/WB/MGM Hobbit Statement

October 29th, 2010 by xoanon 0 Comments and 1 Reaction

New Line, Warner Bros and MGM are pleased to have concluded successful discussions with the New Zealand government this past week. We’d like to thank Prime Minister Key, his Cabinet and the other dedicated New Zealand officials for their support and cooperation, which helped assuage our concerns and enabled us to keep The Hobbit in its proper home of New Zealand.

We’d also like to express very special appreciation to Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and the people of New Zealand for their tireless support of The Hobbit and their commitment to maintain and grow their vibrant film industry. Filming is scheduled to begin in February 2011 and we look forward to returning to Middle-earth.


GDT Has “Incredible Heartache” Over The Hobbit

October 29th, 2010 by Earl | Source: ContactMusic | Discuss | 0 Comments and 0 Reactions

It’s been five months since GDT departed The Hobbit, but now that the movie has finally been greenlit and is on schedule for a February 2011 shoot, there’s little doubt he still feels the loss of what might have been. [...]
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Sir Richard Taylor And Tania Rodger Convey Their Heartfelt Thanks

October 27th, 2010 by Earl | Source: wetanz.com | Discuss | 0 Comments and 0 Reactions

Below is the statement just released by Sir Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger over at wetanz.com: [...]


GDT’s Approval of Martin Freeman As Bilbo Baggins Is 100%

October 26th, 2010 by Earl | Discuss | 1 Comment and 4 Reactions

Here’s word on what once-upon-a-time-Hobbit-director Guillermo del Toro has to say about the casting choices revealed for The Hobbit films thus far:

Read more... )


Lions Gate plans to finance Hobbit–but how long would it take?

The New Zealand Herald has just posted a report that Lions Gate’s letter detailing its plan to merge with MGM, filed Monday, contains assurances that Lions Gate could finance the studio’s share of the Hobbit costs: [...]
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Congratulations to Sir Richard Taylor!!!


Another knighthood for Weta stable

Five Oscars and four Baftas are recognition for a body of work in the film industry, but a knighthood for Weta Workshop's Richard Taylor is reward beyond the realm of his imagination.

Sir Richard, 45, who has won the movie awards for his work with Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong, has been knighted in this year's Queen's Birthday honours list.

It comes after he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004, and was Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and 2007, among other honours.

Details and Richard's reaction at the link. I am very chuffed for him! :D


A Message from Guillermo

June 6th, 2010 by Altaira | Discuss

As Guillermo Del Toro promised on the day the story broke here at TheOneRing.net of his departure from The Hobbit, he stopped by our message boards today with a few more comment for the fans:

Read his message at the link.
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TORn's podcast, which was delayed due to the high traffic they got after they broke the news of GdT leaving The Hobbit: http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2010/05/31/36943-theonering-net-podcast-hobbit-director-gdt-steps-down/

The following is from stuff.co.nz and I have only posted some excerpts below since it is an exhaustively long article:


Peter Jackson may direct Hobbit

By TOM CARDY and MATT CALMAN - The Dominion Post

Last updated 05:00 01/06/2010

Sir Peter Jackson says he will step into the breach and direct The Hobbit himself if it becomes the only way to ensure the US$150 million (NZ$219m) film is made after the sudden departure of director Guillermo del Toro.

Wellington Chamber of Commerce has said that the film is worth "many millions of dollars" to Wellington's economy and further delays may mean the film does not start shooting until next year.

Read more... )

If you're interested, at the end of the full article you can find both a brief recap of the Hobbit timeline so far, and a list of projects which PJ is already known to be involved with in some way.
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I know some of you have already seen this, but if not, prepare for a bit of a shock:


Guillermo Del Toro departs “The Hobbit”

May 30th, 2010 by xoanon | Discuss

Guillermo Del Toro announced today that he is no longer directing the two movies based on J.R.R Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”, but will continue to co-write the screenplays. Out of respect to the legions of loyal Tolkien fans, both Guillermo and Peter Jackson wanted to break the news to The One Ring first. They are both committed to protecting The Hobbit and will do everything in their power to ensure the films are everything that the fans want them to be.

“In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming “The Hobbit,” I am faced with the hardest decision of my life”, says Guillermo. “After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures. I remain grateful to Peter, Fran and Philippa Boyens, New Line and Warner Brothers and to all my crew in New Zealand. I’ve been privileged to work in one of the greatest countries on earth with some of the best people ever in our craft and my life will be forever changed. The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wlsh the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director”.

Read more... )

I must admit I wasn't so sure about Guillermo at first, but seeing how enthusiastic and in tune with PJ he seemed about what they wanted The Hobbit to be like soon brought me around. I can't blame him for leaving, with the ongoing uncertainty about what is going to happen with MGM and the distribution rights. I am sad, and a bit worried, but I guess since PJ and the studios knew all along about Guillermo's scheduling conflicts, they must have been quietly looking around for a replacement already as it became clearer he couldn't stay on. Cross everything crossable they can find a worthy replacement!!!

Edit: In case you were hoping PJ would take over directing from GdT, Deadline.com posted a statement by PJ's manager Ken Kamins clearly stating that won't be the case:

"Peter has and has had obligations and commitments to other films that would make it impossible for him to direct The Hobbit at this time, even if it was offered, which it hasn't been," Kamins told me. "I've been quietly working on setting up a film for him to direct while Guillermo would have been directing The Hobbit. What you saw in their respective statements must be taken at face value. All of that said, Peter and Fran's commitment to The Hobbit is total and they will do everything necessary to protect the franchise and the investment made by New Line, Warners and MGM."

Thanks to Doug Adams at The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films for the link, who also posted the following: A Fool's Hope
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Guillermo del Toro confirms no-green ‘Hobbit’, no 3D

May 27th, 2010 by MrCere

Sources all over the place are confirming our earlier report that indeed, there is no greenlight for “The Hobbit,” and that currently 3D isn’t being planned. The director held a conference call supporting the film “Splice,” and predictably those films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s book written for children came up during the phone chat. The Mexican director, currently living and working in New Zealand was definitive:

“On both counts, there are no final answers. It is not greenlit. That is categorical. And 3D has been discussed literally once in the room. The budget and the schedule and everything that we are handling – the cost of the film, the number of days it would take to shoot – is being handled right now without looking towards 3D. Is there a chance it will become 3D in the future? Maybe. Right now, it’s not being planned as such.”

So much for those who were saying that The Hobbit being shot in 3D was basically a foregone conclusion!
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Peter Jackson Reveals Which ‘LOTR’ Stars Will Return For ‘The Hobbit’
December 8th, 2009 by Altaira | Source: mtv.com | Discuss

In an interview today with MTV, Peter Jackson revealed that three Lord of the Rings actors will be returning to reprise their roles in The Hobbit:

“Gandalf, being a 2,000-year-old wizard, is still around and plays a major role in ‘The Hobbit,’ and we’re having Ian McKellen reprise,” explained the filmmaker, who is executive-producing the flick and writing the screenplay. “There’s a couple of other characters: Elrond, who was played by Hugo Weaving [in the original films], and there’s a possibility of Galadriel, who was played by Cate Blanchett.”

Read the rest of the article here..

And following on from that:


The latest on ‘The Hobbit’ from a very reliable source!
December 11th, 2009 by MrCere | Discuss

One of the most read members of TORn’s message boards dropped by to update us on “The Hobbit”. How reliable is this guy? Well, since he happens to be directing the two-movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s first published book in Middle-earth and is living in New Zealand to do so, we think trusting Guillermo del Toro’s information is rock solid. But, we are going to make you click inside to see what he had to say. (It was a lot) You can also following the link to his post on our message boards and join in the conversation

Read the rest of this entry »
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Via Kristin Thompson:
Well, the first two are more PJ et al. related:
“The Lovely Bones” chosen for Royal Film Performance 2009 (I'm currently reading the book and it's really good - can't wait to see the film!)
Hollywood Reporter honors PJ and colleagues
And here the two Hobbit items:
MGM possibly to be sold off soon
MGM confirms that big changes are coming

Via TORn:
Hobbit Shoot to Begin in Studio? (Go Vic/Red Carpet Tours!)
Guillermo Del Toro Confirms Hobbit Cameo
Brian Cox Rumors Abound

Oh and I don't think I ever posted this one - an interesting behind-the-scenes look at WETA's swordmaking techniques:
How to Make an ‘LotR’ Sword

Have a good weekend everyone!
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Anthony Moody from Indalo Productions interviewed Guillermo del Toro recently for TheOneRing.net, and they posted the transcript in three parts. Since they're long, I'm linking to them directly on TORn.

Guillermo del Toro: “I’m so voracious about The Hobbit!”

Guillermo Del Toro was recently in New York City as part of the New Yorker Festival and our good pal Anthony Moody from Indalo Productions caught up with him to talk all things Hobbit! In this first part of the interview GDT talks about his writing duties with PJ, Tom Bombadil and the possibility of a THIRD Hobbit movie(?!).

Del Toro Interview Part 2: “This is the hardest movie I’ll probably ever do!”

In this second part of the interview, Guillermo gives us a few more details about his writing methods, he discusses major themes he sees in The Hobbit, and talks a little bit about casting!

Del Toro Interview Part 3: “I Love New Zealand!”

Guillermo talks about gathering his LOTR team together, working with John How, Alan Lee and Howard Shore, his own Hobbit art, and the million and one projects he’s been connected to recently!

And The Telegraph has a brief article about Born of Hope, the low budget film currently in production about the Dúnedain, in particular Arathorn and Gilraen, Aragorn's parents. I am very much looking forward to seeing the finished film, because what I've seen of the project at RingCon 2007 and 2008 looked good and surprisingly professional, considering they have very little money! But don't take my word for it - Daniel Falconer from WETA Workshop was so impressed with what he saw last year that he took director Kate Madison's presentation back to New Zealand to show Richard Taylor. A while later, Kate suddenly found an e-mail from Richard in her inbox, including the following quote which is now up on their website: “Amazing stuff. It's incredible to see what craftsmanship, sensitivity and attention to detail is being brought to bear on this ambitious project. Everything so far looks amazing and I can't wait to see the finished film.” If that's not recommendation enough, I don't know what is! :D
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Heh - GDT certainly doesn't lack enthusiasm or commitment to the project!


FILMDetail Speaks with GDT on ‘Hobbit’ Progress
August 21st, 2008 by Calisuri | Source: FILMdetail.com | Discuss

Ambrose Heron of FILMdetail.com recently spoke with Guillermo del Toro about Hellboy II and they also discussed some interesting tidbits about the writing of the ‘Hobbit’ script:

"I seem to have a never ending mine of reading material. I started by reading everything I could get my hands on that Tolkien wrote of Middle-earth. And then I started reading as many books as I can about Tolkien writing about Middle-earth. I want to get as familiar with the cosmology and the genealogy and the geography of that place as possible. Because for many, myself included, it has to become a real place again."

"I’m very much knee deep in that - I’m knee deep in writing and throwing the long lines of the stories along with Peter, Fran and Philippa. You know the four of us are doing ‘The Beatles; and we are co-writing the screenplays. I must say its going great - we are having a blast! And I’m discovering aspects of Tolkien’s world and Middle-earth that I find fascinating and in some instances even heart-breaking and moving - in the way that they reflect, voluntarily or not, the episode of his generation. Going through WWI and the world of trenches and the abandonment and corruption of honor by greed and by brutality. This is really illuminating in how the Hobbit progresses dramatically - a tale of a Golden Age in the Shire. To a darker place at the end of the book."

Listen to the complete interview at FILMdetail.com. The ‘Hobbit’ discussion starts at approximately 4:30 point. [FILMdetail]
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‘Hobbit’ Scripting Has Begun!
August 18th, 2008 by Calisuri | Discuss

Ringer forum member Elven reports:

“Ive just got home from an early screening of Hellboy II The Golden Army hosted by PopcornTaxi at the Greater Union Cinema in Sydney, where Guillermo did a telephone Q & A from Berlin after the film…The last question though related to the Hobbit - and Guillermo said that although there was nothing to add at the moment - he can say that scripting has started - and he described the process as something ‘beautiful.‘”
Discuss this exciting news in our message board where news hits fast and furious! [Message Boards]

Plus swordsmith Peter Lyon is hoping to return to Middle Earth.

Also, omg I'd LOVE to see John Howe's presentation at the Edinburgh Book Festival this coming Saturday: If time allows, we’ll show a presentation too of the LOTR film sketches, most of which have actually never been shown anywhere, so it should be good fun.

Night night!
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A little later than intended - but this means there's more. ;)

Various interviews with Guillermo del Toro in which he mentioned The Hobbit:

Speculation about what role the recently mentioned Doug Jones might have in The Hobbit

In somewhat related news:

And last but definitely not least:

Wellywood Technology helps children to walk

Animation technology used in blockbuster movies such as Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings is now helping children to walk.

Full article at the link - that's just amazing and wonderful!!!
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‘Hobbit’ Update: The Latest from Director Guillermo del Toro
June 25th, 2008 by xoanon

From Hollywood.com: The Hobbit, Hellboy II, a lifetime achievement award … it seems Guillermo del Toro is unstoppable. When the Oscar nominated director postponed his Los Angeles Film Festival appearance from Monday to Thursday we couldn’t wait to talk with him about his upcoming projects. Instead Hollywood.com caught up with del Toro at the Saturn Awards where he was being honored for his life’s work. “It’s premature but I accept it anyway because I love the f*cking trophy,” he told us. ‘Hobbit’ Update: The Latest from Director Guillermo del Toro


Doug Jones ‘Unofficially’ Confirmed for ‘Hobbit’
June 25th, 2008 by Calisuri | Source: IESB.net | Discuss

In an interview with IESB.net, actor Doug Jones (who is one of Guillermo del Toro’s regulars) and director Guillermo del Toro had a wonderful banter about the possiblity of Doug Jones appearing in the Hobbit. Guillermo had this to say:

“I believe he (Doug Jones) will be there. I’ll give him a very hard thing (to do). That will be very difficult for him to pull off. He will suffer and he will spend long hours in make-up. That is all I can say.”

To this Doug Jones replied, “And what else is new?”

Thanks to forum member Empedocles for the heads up. For the complete video interview with Doug Jones and Guillermo del Toro about Hellboy II: The Golden Army, jump on over to IESB.net. [IESB.net]
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I must say, I really liked what I read - it seems PJ and GDT are very much on the same page about what they want to do with The Hobbit and Film 2, as it's being called right now. :D

I saved most of if not all of the chat, but since there will be a transcript on http://www.wetanz.com in a couple of hours anyway I won't post it here. I want to share some info that was revealed though - no story spoilers:

- According to PJ, they will write for the rest of this year (PJ, Fran, Philippa, and Guillermo) and start early conceptual designs (yes, John Howe and Alan Lee will be back; Guillermo had lunch with them in London "a few days ago"! :D) 2009 is for pre-production on both movies and they'll shoot them back-to-back in 2010, with The Hobbit being released December 2011 and Film 2 in December 2012. That's about as much detail as they have themselves right now.

- They do intend to rebuild Hobbiton, depending on agreement of the land owner, obviously.

- If they can make it work within either film (more likely Film 2, obviously), yes they would love to bring back any of the LotR actors! That, by the way, was the question most people sent in. :D
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at this time with PJ and GDT, hosted by WETA! See all necessary information/links in this entry of mine.


May. 21st, 2008 07:21 am
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Variety reported today that Guillermo Del Toro will be co-producing Hater, based on the David Moody novel, along with Mark Johnson. Read more... ) Interviewed by Daily Variety, GDT revealed a few specific bits of Hobbit-related information that I hadn’t heard before.

Here’s the relevant part of the story. Discussing Hater, GDT said:

“I’ll carry my weight on the creative side, in choosing elements and storyboarding, but it will be up to Mark and the director we choose to execute the day to day,” he said. “The Hobbit” is a “monumental task, and I don’t want to do anything that detracts from my attention to that.”

Pre-production is about to get under way on the two-part “Hobbit.” Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are expected to pen the scripts under the direction of Peter Jackson and del Toro. Preliminary contact has already been made with at least three actors whose “Lord of the Rings” characters also appear in the “Hobbit” storyline: Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Andy Serkis (Gollum).

“We will all be involved in the script in some fashion but the exact definition is about a week away,” said del Toro. “I am all for keeping the actors who originated the parts, as much as availability and their willingness will allow.”

It sounds as though work on the Hobbit project is moving at last. Pre-production to start soon, Viggo Mortensen approached to play Aragorn again, other actors perhaps contacted, and firmer plans for the scripting responsibilities due in about a week. Sounds exciting!

And Liv Tyler would be interested in coming back if they find a place for Arwen - see this IGN article:


Liv Tyler Talks The Hobbit
Will Arwen make an appearance in the new films?

by Scott Collura

May 20, 2008 - IGN caught up with actress Liv Tyler yesterday in New York City to discuss her new horror film The Strangers, but while we had her pointy Elven ear we just had to ask her about whether or not she'll be returning to the Lord of the Rings universe as Arwen for the upcoming pair of recently announced Hobbit films.

Read more... )
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PJ and GDT (Guillermo del Toro) will hold "An Unexpected Party", hosted by WETA - a chat session about The Hobbit - on May 24, where they answer 20 fan questions!!! Both TORn and Kristion Thompson posted about it, but I'll post the invitation itself:

Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro invite you to a live internet chat about The Hobbit.

Peter and Guillermo would love to answer your questions and hear your comments about our new adventure into Middle-Earth.

Please register now to make sure you don’t miss out on the Unexpected Party and get regular updates on the movies.

Weta are excited to be hosting this one-hour live online chat on our website www.wetaNZ.com. Please check the start time for your time zone below:

Los Angeles (Pacific) Saturday 24 May 1 pm
New York (Eastern) Saturday 24 May 4 pm
London Saturday 24 May 9 pm
Paris, Berlin, Rome Saturday 24 May 10 pm
Sydney Sunday 25 May 6 am
Wellington, Auckland Sunday 25 May 8

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeh!!!!! Better not forget it!!!

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