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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 5:50 am 
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Doctor Who Joins The Hobbit?

And we don't mean David Tennant.

July 16, 2010

by Jim Vejvoda

Scottish actor Sylvester McCoy, best known as the seventh incarnation of Doctor Who, is reportedly up for a major role in Peter Jackson's two-part adaptation of The Hobbit.

A writer for the U.K. site Screenrush claims to have "bumped into (McCoy) and were made aware that he's been cast for a major role in The Hobbit."

The site is quick to point out, though, that their scoop "didn't come from the man himself but a close source has confirmed that he'll be playing 'the second biggest lead' in the upcoming Lord Of The Rings prequel opposite Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis." McCoy's reps are said to have declined comment on the casting.

Screenrush reminds us that McCoy, 66, was apparently a runner-up for the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, a role that ultimately went to Ian Holm, now 78.


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Peter Jackson to Announce Hobbit Plans "Sometime Soon"

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August 25, 2010

Peter Jackson was quoted today as saying he'll know whether or not he'll be directing The Hobbit "sometime soon" by The Dominion Post.

Jackson reiterated that legal negotiations are still plaguing the film's impending production, but offered some assurance with his statement that Warner Bros. (who control half the rights) is, "making progress untangling the MGM situation...". MGM is currently having financial difficulties and it is undecided what course the studio will be taking with its holdings.

Jackson went on to say that, after the decision is reached, he will be able to make a five-year plan "that will keep many people very busy". Among the potential projects the director is eying is a retelling of the Battle of Gallipoli from the point of view of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC).

Another of the article's notes of interest is the suggestion that casting is still underway for The Hobbit despite the delay. Australian actor Jeremy Sims reportedly auditioned for the part of a troll, presumably either Tom, Bert or William Huggins from the original novel. One of the three characters even makes a cameo in both the book and film version of The Fellowship of the Ring.


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 Post subject: Re: The Hobbit
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Sylvester McCoy in Talks for The Hobbit

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August 29, 2010

Scottish actor Sylvester McCoy ("Doctor Who") revealed to the Argyllshire Standard that he is in talks to join The Hobbit:

Mr McCoy told the Standard that contrary to widespread internet rumours, he's not vying for the role of Bilbo in The Hobbit (due to start filming next year) - but is one of two actors being considered for one of the wizard parts.

"I am being cast in The Hobbit," he said. "We're currently in negotiations - there are two of us under consideration. It's not the Bilbo role, but could be bigger."


TheOneRing.net speculates that he may be playing Radagast the Brown.


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The Hobbit Eyeing January Start?

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September 14, 2010

Although official word on a resolution to The Hobbit's troubled production has not been yet been announced, Ian McKellen has just told The Bolton News that he will be returning as Gandalf and that, "the aim is to start filming in January."

Two "Hobbit" films (which will be shot back to back) are still officially without a director, but it is has been heavily suggested that writer/producer Peter Jackson will helm (as he did with all three "Lord of the Rings" films). Regardless, if the financial issues surrounding MGM and their share of the rights have been resolved, expect an studio announcement very soon.


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If this is true I'll be thrilled. Bad enough the Bond franchise has been in limbo, but this has been an ordeal. I've been wanting them to make The Hobbit as a movie since I saw the opening scene of Fellowship of the Ring lol.

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They're sitting on a gigantic pot of money. It'll get resolved one way or the other, kind of like Watchmen did.


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 Post subject: Re: The Hobbit
PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:33 am 
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Middle-earth May Be Moving

Labor discord could prompt The Hobbit to relocate from NZ.

September 26, 2010

by Jim Vejvoda

Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be another major stumbling block on The Hobbit's journey to the big screen comes word of an international labor dispute that could prompt the production to relocate from New Zealand to Eastern Europe.

What began as a New Zealand-Australia union beef with Hobbit director Peter Jackson, production company Three Foot Seven, and studios MGM and Warner Bros. has now exploded into an international drama that threatens the two-part film's New Zealand shoot. International actors' unions including the U.S-based Screen Actors Guild issued edicts to their members this weekend telling them not to work on The Hobbit because they say it's a non-union project.

The Kiwi and Aussie actors' unions have been seeking a negotiated contract with the Hobbit filmmakers that would cover minimum guarantees of wages and working conditions, residual payments and cancellation payments in the event the performer's contract is canceled. The guilds says their attempts have thus far been rebuffed.

As a result, SAG told its members Friday: "The makers of feature film The Hobbit – to be shot in New Zealand next year – have refused to engage performers on union-negotiated agreements. Members of Canadian Actors Equity, US Actors Equity, the Screen Actors Guild, UK Actors Equity, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (Australia) and the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists are advised not to accept work on this non-union production."

Jackson, peeved with the unions' posturing, has shot back with a threat to move production of The Hobbit from New Zealand to Eastern Europe. "It's incredibly easy to wave the flag on behalf of workers and target the rich studios. It's not hard to generate an emotive response, nor is it hard to sway public opinion, since nobody seems to like the facts to get in the way of a good story in these situations," Jackson said in a press release. "Behind the claims of exploiting actors who are cast in the 'non-Union' Hobbit production, and claims that various high-profile stars will refuse to take part in the films, there are clear agendas at work. As usual with these agendas, they are based on money and power."

Jackson, who says he's "not anti-Union in the slightest," added, "I also feel a growing anger at the way this tiny minority is endangering a project that hundreds of people have worked on over the last two years, and the thousands about to be employed for the next 4 years. The hundreds of millions of Warner Brothers dollars that is about to be spent in our economy. Why is this endangered? Because the 'demands' of MEAA cannot be agreed to, or even considered - by law - and therefore the only options that remain involve closing the Hobbit down, or more likely shifting the production to Europe. It could so easily happen. I've been told that Disney are no longer bring movies to Australia because of their frustration with the MEAA."

"There is a twisted logic to seeing NZ humiliated on the world stage, by losing the Hobbit to Eastern Europe. Warners would take a financial hit that would cause other studios to steer clear of New Zealand," he said. "Seriously, if the Hobbit goes east (Eastern Europe in fact) -- look forward to a long dry big budget movie drought in this country."

Casting for The Hobbit is currently underway with production slated to commence in 2011 ... somewhere.


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Studios Respond to Unions About The Hobbit

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September 27, 2010

On Friday, seven unions sent a letter to their members telling them not to work for The Hobbit films in New Zealand. They claimed that producers of the two films have refused to engage performers on union-negotiated agreements.

That was followed on Sunday with a statement by Peter Jackson in response to the allegations, and now New Line, Warner Bros. and MGM have also released the following statement regarding the manner:

New Line, Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures are concerned by the recent allegations of unfair treatment of actors in New Zealand and instructions from the performers' guilds to their membership to withhold services from the producers of "The Hobbit" in New Zealand. We are proud to have good relations with all of those performers' guilds and value their contribution to the motion pictures produced in their respective jurisdictions throughout the world. But we believe that in this case the allegations are baseless and unfair to Peter Jackson and his team in Wellington who have been tireless supporters of the New Zealand motion picture community.

To classify the production as "non-union" is inaccurate. The cast and crew are being engaged under collective bargaining agreements where applicable and we are mindful of the rights of those individuals pursuant to those agreements. And while we have previously worked with MEAA, an Australian union now seeking to represent actors in New Zealand, the fact remains that there cannot be any collective bargaining with MEAA on this New Zealand production, for to do so would expose the production to liability and sanctions under New Zealand law. This legal prohibition has been explained to MEAA. We are disappointed that MEAA has nonetheless continued to pursue this course of action.

Motion picture production requires the certainty that a production can reasonably proceed without disruption and it is our general policy to avoid filming in locations where there is potential for work force uncertainty or other forms of instability. As such, we are exploring all alternative options in order to protect our business interests.


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 Post subject: Re: The Hobbit
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Hobbit Inches Closer

Jackson on the verge of finalizing directing deal.

October 4, 2010

by Scott Collura

Peter Jackson is on the verge of finalizing a deal to direct the two Hobbit films while talks between MGM and Warner Bros., both of which have a stake in the films, get closer to giving the dual projects a greenlight.

According to The Wrap, Jackson's "deal is all but complete, according to individuals close to the project. Both Jackson's directing fee and percentage of the gross have been settled, though a number of lesser deal points remain outstanding."

Of course, he replaces Guillermo del Toro, who left The Hobbit after the project was repeatedly delayed.

Inevitably, as the two films finally approach becoming a reality, talk of a 3D production has also come up.

"At Warner's, executives are eager to get production under way, given that sets are already built in New Zealand and the cast is chafing on hold for a start date," reports the site. "About $30 million has already been spent on the project, the first part of which is scheduled to hit theaters Dec. 19, 2012."

Meanwhile, the BBC says that New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has spoken out about the union dispute that some have said could lead to the production leaving his country. Key said that the government was taking "the unusual step of holding initial discussions with those involved in a move to break the deadlock on pay."


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No Green Light for The Hobbit Yet

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October 8, 2010

MGM is moving forward with the Spyglass reorganization upon its emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This week, there have been a lot of reports saying this would mean a green light for The Hobbit films, but Peter Jackson tells Empire magazine that they are still waiting on the call.

"You can't believe everything you read. There is only one thing you want to believe and that's when the studio announces a greenlight. As far as I'm aware that's not going to be today," said Jackson.

He added that there are "a lot of people at Warner Bros. who are working around the clock trying to maneuver through the MGM complexities. MGM is a company that is about to go bankrupt and in a way they are about to take The Hobbit into bankruptcy hell with them when they go down. Warners are trying to extract The Hobbit out of the bankruptcy hell before it happens. It is just so complicated I can't even put my head into it. It's all to do with American copyright laws, bankruptcy laws."

Jackson said that right now he's a "writer and a producer on it," though one would expect the green light to come with the announcement that he's officially directing as well. The helmer mentioned that he's excited about the project but that he's also not committing fully until the green light is given by New Line/Warner Bros. and MGM.

"It's the worst experience ever, to have a film fall over that you've committed 100% to. I always just protect myself and don't fully commit until I know for sure that it's happening. Then it gets my 100% commitment," he said.


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From IGN:

Martin Freeman on Hobbit Role

Office star admits that he'd still love to play Bilbo Baggins in the long-gestating sequel.

UK, October 11, 2010

by Chris Tilly IGN UK

Martin Freeman has been discussing his continued interest in playing Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit after a scheduling conflict initially ruled him out of the film.

"I did have to say no to it for the second series of Sherlock" he told Empire. "But if something could be worked out, that would be great."

And with The Hobbit still a way off commencing principal photography, the Office star remains optimistic about his involvement, saying "I'd like to think so. If there is any outside possibility, then that would be great. But I've learned not to think too much of hope too much about stuff. It will happen if it happens."

As for the role itself, Freeman told the mag that he'd be game for playing this earlier incarnation of Bilbo, stating "I reckon I could do a young Ian Holm. I think I could give that a go."


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Hobbit Most Expensive Movie Ever?

Two-part LOTR prequel to cost a helluva lot of Brandybucks.

October 11, 2010

by Jim Vejvoda

It's time to sell The Shire, or maybe that much coveted One Ring, because The Hobbit is reportedly shaping up to be the most expensive film ever made and it hasn't even been green-lit yet.

According to NEWS.com.au, the two-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is expected to cost roughly $500 million, with legal fees alone stemming from the rights issues currently running about $100 million. (The Pirates of the Caribbean sequels currently stand as the most expensive U.S. films ever made.)

The site says that if the Hobbit films were released in 3D that it might ultimately help recoup some of its money. The rule of thumb in Hollywood is that a film generally has to earn 2 1/2 times what it cost (production + prints & advertising) in order to be profitable, which means that the Hobbit films will need to make over $1 billion at the box office.

That's certainly not out of the realm of possibility, seeing as how The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King alone made $1.1 billion at the global box office and is ranked as the third highest-grossing worldwide release of all time (and that's not including home video and merchandising).


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The Hobbit Has Officially Been Greenlit!

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October 15, 2010

It's official! The Hobbit films have received the green light. Check out the official press release below:

The two films based on “The Hobbit” are now greenlit and will begin principal photography in February 2011, under the direction of Peter Jackson, it was jointly announced today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema, Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. and Steve Cooper, co-Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

“Exploring Tolkien’s Middle-earth goes way beyond a normal film-making experience” Jackson says, "It’s an all-immersive journey into a very special place of imagination, beauty and drama. We’re looking forward to re-entering this wondrous world with Gandalf and Bilbo - and our friends at New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers and MGM”.

“Peter is a filmmaker of incomparable ability; having him return to Middle-earth to produce and direct is a dream come true. A true original, Peter is a gifted story-teller, visionary director and pioneer in film technology,” said Emmerich. “Reuniting with Peter, Fran and Philippa truly makes it feel like we are going ‘there and back again.’”

“There is no human being on the planet as qualified as Peter Jackson to direct these films,” said Horn. “Peter is incredibly talented and has the creative vision and experience to bring this beloved property to life in a way that no other filmmaker could. And the team of Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens has proven through their work on the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy that no one is more skilled at transforming Tolkien's written words into a vibrant, living language that makes the audience believe they are not merely visiting Middle-earth, but actually living in it. We couldn’t be more thrilled and look forward to seeing ‘The Hobbit’ take shape under Peter’s stewardship and the team he is putting together.”

"MGM is excited to move forward and add to the successful 'Lord of the Rings' franchise," said Cooper. "Under Peter's direction, the films will undoubtedly appeal to fans of the original 'LOTR' trilogy and also bring the stories to a new generation of fans."

Jackson, who directed all three “Lord of the Rings” films, will helm the two films back-to-back, telling the story of “The Hobbit” in two parts. Jackson will utilize groundbreaking visual effects and his incomparable story-telling to bring J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel to the big screen. Both Hobbit movies will be filmed in Digital 3-D, using the latest camera and stereo technology to create a high quality, comfortable viewing experience. Jackson also co-wrote the screenplays with Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro.

“The Hobbit” is being co-produced by New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production, Warner Bros Pictures handling domestic distribution and MGM distributing internationally. Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham are producing the films, with Phillipa Boyens as co-producer and Ken Kamins as executive producer.

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 11 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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Well it's about freaking time. Now I just hope there aren't any more delays. Great news though - one huge step in the right direction. Now if they could just get the next Bond movie going...

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Two Magnetos in The Hobbit?

More casting buzz for the now greenlit LOTR prequel.

October 15, 2010

by Jim Vejvoda

With The Hobbit having now finally received a green-light to commence production in February, the industry scuttlebutt is that the Peter Jackson-directed film could boast not one but two Magnetos, plus two Doctors -- a Who and a Jekyll.

"Word is Martin Freeman will soon be set to play Bilbo Baggins," according to Deadline. Furthermore, they claim James Nesbitt (star of TV's Jekyll, as well as Paul Greengrass' Bloody Sunday) "has been offered a role." They add that the oft-rumored David Tennant (Doctor Who) is also being pursued for a role in the two-part epic, while Andy Serkis is expected to return as Gollum.

But here's where Deadline's casting story gets particularly interesting for fanboys, as they report that Irish actor Michael Fassbender (Centurion, Jonah Hex) is also being considered for an unspecified role. Fassbender, as you may know, is currently playing young Magneto in the prequel X-Men: First Class. Should he be cast in The Hobbit, Fassbender will find himself in a cast that includes his predecessor in the role of the master of magnetism, Sir Ian McKellen, who is expected to reprise his role as the wizard Gandalf.


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