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The frustrating thing - not knowing

Growlithe the Grey
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Dec 1 2009, 7:24am


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I see a lot of people worried about a possible delay, casting issues, or these other, more speculative things like the studio not liking the script, demanding changes, demanding 3D, or other out-there possibilities with no basis whatsoever, but it's all just baseless speculation. Movies have their timetables changed all the time during this stage of pre-production. The dates given for the potential start of filming were nothing more than projections or speculations. Nothing was ever set in stone, and as such, there are always different issues that can crop up along the way to change the scheduling of a film.

The most frustrating aspect of all this is that nobody involved in the Hobbit project will give a simple straight answer as to what exactly is going on. All we have are occasional quips through the media from PJ and sometimes Guillermo to the media or on here. WB won't say what's going on, and they're the ones with the ability to confirm or deny the status best. If we just had a straightforward "here's the status" from someone - be it Guillermo, PJ, or the studio - this wouldn't be such a big deal, but all we've gotten are vague statements and ambiguous reports.

Bottom line is that, sure, people have a right to worry, but what really bothers me personally is that none of the people controlling the fate of this film will step up and say anything to the fan community. Guillermo is only in a position to say so much - it's not really up to him when production begins or what resources will be at his disposal. But the fans are the ones that will be lining the sh...ire out of the producers' and studio's pockets, so I think it's fair that they at least give us a status update, even if that status update says "we're still in the process of sorting out budgets and therefore project is still up in the air."

Things sounded imminent at one time, and we've spent the past several months hearing the exact same "news" being repeated - that casting announcements are around the bend, that the script is finished or almost finished, that the ball is in the studio's court, that a greenlight is on its way, etc. I'm not mad at anyone involved in the project, but I'm a bit peeved at the situation in general. If I had the money, I'd overfund this project right now, give PJ whatever he wants, and watch the dollars come in like mad. The sooner you pump in the money, the sooner you get it back - and then some. This project is a huge cash cow... between the films themselves both domestically and overseas, and with the eventual DVD, Blu-Ray, and inevitible extended edition releases, the Hobbit franchise will be overflowing with money. So whoever or whatever is holding up production - unless it's for reasons of creative integrity - isn't playing it smart right now.

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PJ: "No green light yet" cedric Send a private message to cedric Nov 29 2009, 2:00pm
    Very interesting.... Eldorion Send a private message to Eldorion Nov 29 2009, 2:48pm
    Posted by Hsvfan: Shooting delayed to july 2010, according to Herr-der-ringe-film.de Altaira Send a private message to Altaira Nov 29 2009, 5:12pm
        I really, really hope.. Buchanicus Send a private message to Buchanicus Nov 29 2009, 8:45pm
            I do too. Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower Nov 29 2009, 9:40pm
                non-holiday release does not kill Oscar chances almas_sparks Send a private message to almas_sparks Nov 30 2009, 3:42pm
    It's as I feared... Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower Nov 29 2009, 6:05pm
        Well that's depressing! Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Nov 29 2009, 6:15pm
        If you are right, and you do make a plausible case, then I am relieved. Pryderi Send a private message to Pryderi Nov 29 2009, 8:23pm
        We all know what a financial disaster that turned out to be Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Nov 29 2009, 10:21pm
            LOL Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower Nov 29 2009, 10:46pm
                Am I know the only one who Wandering Ranger Send a private message to Wandering Ranger Nov 29 2009, 10:57pm
                    Me too! hamlet Send a private message to hamlet Nov 30 2009, 5:25pm
                Oops...I meant "the autumn of 1997" Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower Nov 29 2009, 11:14pm
        Are you sure about that? Eldorion Send a private message to Eldorion Nov 30 2009, 5:40am
            Then why.... Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower Nov 30 2009, 9:52am
                With all due respect, Perlman isn`t cast almas_sparks Send a private message to almas_sparks Nov 30 2009, 3:33pm
                Plans change when stuff comes up Eldorion Send a private message to Eldorion Nov 30 2009, 5:34pm
    The only thing... Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower Nov 29 2009, 6:23pm
        casting Growlithe the Grey Send a private message to Growlithe the Grey Nov 30 2009, 3:13am
    .. Nine Finger Frodo Send a private message to Nine Finger Frodo Nov 29 2009, 7:48pm
    Since.. Nine Finger Frodo Send a private message to Nine Finger Frodo Nov 29 2009, 11:11pm
    I'll wait to hear it from grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Nov 29 2009, 11:12pm
    Sounds right and one interesting change MrCere Send a private message to MrCere Nov 29 2009, 11:45pm
    Wails and screams AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Nov 30 2009, 7:05am
    what's cookin? carrioncrow Send a private message to carrioncrow Nov 30 2009, 11:19am
    Casting wide open again... olipowell Send a private message to olipowell Nov 30 2009, 4:14pm
        Actors drop from movies all the time almas_sparks Send a private message to almas_sparks Nov 30 2009, 4:39pm
            Yeh I'm well aware of that olipowell Send a private message to olipowell Nov 30 2009, 4:48pm
                July is just an estimated beginning of production almas_sparks Send a private message to almas_sparks Nov 30 2009, 5:39pm
                    Am I the only one... Buchanicus Send a private message to Buchanicus Nov 30 2009, 7:43pm
                    I agree with everything you're saying olipowell Send a private message to olipowell Dec 1 2009, 12:58am
                        Very encouraging about the green light Eldorion Send a private message to Eldorion Dec 1 2009, 1:46am
                        The frustrating thing - not knowing Growlithe the Grey Send a private message to Growlithe the Grey Dec 1 2009, 7:24am
                            WB is just smarting up from The Watchmen brouhaha almas_sparks Send a private message to almas_sparks Dec 1 2009, 2:27pm
                                If that's the case... olipowell Send a private message to olipowell Dec 1 2009, 2:50pm
                        if they hired casting directors now... almas_sparks Send a private message to almas_sparks Dec 1 2009, 3:02pm
                            Realistically... olipowell Send a private message to olipowell Dec 1 2009, 3:55pm
                                keep us posted almas_sparks Send a private message to almas_sparks Dec 1 2009, 7:04pm
            Yes, with all due respect, Almas.... Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower Nov 30 2009, 5:07pm
                It is favorism almas_sparks Send a private message to almas_sparks Nov 30 2009, 5:25pm
                    A couple of thoughts MrCere Send a private message to MrCere Dec 1 2009, 7:51am
                        And, of course, GdT isn't the first one to do this. grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Dec 1 2009, 10:03am
                            In all due respect, Jones and Perlman aren`t Jimmy Stewart almas_sparks Send a private message to almas_sparks Dec 1 2009, 2:18pm
                                Of course not. grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Dec 2 2009, 2:06am
                        Than I hope the studio will put the kibosh on favorism in major roles almas_sparks Send a private message to almas_sparks Dec 1 2009, 2:13pm
    Patience Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Nov 30 2009, 6:40pm
    Golly gosh darn willikers Tim Send a private message to Tim Nov 30 2009, 8:49pm
    Another reason dennis.p Send a private message to dennis.p Nov 30 2009, 8:52pm
        Inconceivable Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Nov 30 2009, 9:28pm
        I doubt PJ would direct Kristin Thompson Send a private message to Kristin Thompson Nov 30 2009, 11:40pm
    I'm so disappointed Goldberry of the river Send a private message to Goldberry of the river Nov 30 2009, 9:48pm
        Me too PettyMim Send a private message to PettyMim Nov 30 2009, 9:54pm
            I'm TRYING to be patient Goldberry of the river Send a private message to Goldberry of the river Nov 30 2009, 10:24pm
                Thanks for the reminder! PettyMim Send a private message to PettyMim Dec 1 2009, 3:23pm
    So, if shooting will start three months later, Theodred Send a private message to Theodred Nov 30 2009, 11:31pm
        I doubt very, very much... sticklebat Send a private message to sticklebat Dec 1 2009, 8:55am
        Too pessimistic.... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Dec 1 2009, 1:19pm
    I'm kind of holding on to all hope here, so...... the_Big_X Send a private message to the_Big_X Dec 1 2009, 1:40pm
        There's PJ himself Eldorion Send a private message to Eldorion Dec 1 2009, 6:53pm

 
 
 

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