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TORn and Jackson at Comic-Con

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Jul 24 2009, 9:06pm

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TORn and Jackson at Comic-Con Can't Post

(Note: This is the first of several stories details what Peter Jackson told a select group of journalists about 'The Hobbit'.)

Peter Jackson made the most of his first trip to Comic-Con by inviting 40 or so journalists, including TheOneRing.net and internet reporters to sit and chat in a room about "The Hobbit," "The Lovely Bones," "District 9," and various other projects and passions.

For fans, the good news: 'The Hobbit' is progressing and Jackson and his writing team of director Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyens are close to have a finished screen-play for the first of the two movies, allowing the studio to give the film a green light. The bad news for the impatient: Casting isn't being talked about much as the focus is firmly on nailing the story on the page.

"We are about three weeks I would say, give or take a little tailwind, we are about three weeks from turning over the first script for the first film to the studio."

The handed-in script is a big step to making the dream of the film a reality, Jackson explained because it allows the studio and filmmakers to come up with a shooting schedule and a budget. The budget for the first film will be an indicator of the budget for the second film, giving studio and filmmakers a chance to start negotiations with actors, agents and to put all the needed pieces in place to make a movie.

The process is getting to the 1st-draft stage isn't as simple as some might imagine.

"We worked on an extended treatment of the two films which we pitched to the studio on a long conference call. That was about three or four months ago. That went well and they liked the idea. (Before) none of us where really sure if it should be one film, or if it should it be two films," he said.

"There was talk about doing 'The Hobbit' as one movie and making an 'Hobbit,' and 'Lord of the Rings,' bridge movie. We didnít really know ourselves but as we worked through the story line we thought 'Well obviously we could squeeze 'The Hobbit' into one movie, but In a 3 hour movie you would be amazed at how much of the story you would have to loose."

"The book, well the book is what the book is and we just worked through a process and included all the events that we we would like to see in the film, plus the fact that we wanted to embellish a few things and put a little extra narrative that includes Gandalf and what he was doing with the Necromancer and various side stories that are happening. So we decided really that the two movies we are doing would actually would be 'The Hobbit.' "

(Next: Why casting rumors are just internet rumors not based on facts.)

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(This post was edited by MrCere on Jul 24 2009, 9:14pm)

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Jul 25 2009, 1:40am

Post #2 of 7 (735 views)
I wonder how PJ feels [In reply to] Can't Post

going into a Tolkien film knowing there will be a completed script before filming starts?

I'm still boggled the LOTR movies were as good as they were when the TT and ROTK scripts were still being written while filming was under way.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.

Ataahua's stories


Jul 25 2009, 9:03pm

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just watched [In reply to] Can't Post

the clip on the homepage. keep the info coming - brilliant job Cool



Jul 25 2009, 11:21pm

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This is so exciting! [In reply to] Can't Post

I've been waiting for your report cuz I knew you'd know how to talk to us and what we'd want to hear about... and I'm feeling very settled and geeked at the same time. Sort of like an implosion of squeeee?

I can't wait to see what the dynamics of having GdT on board as a co-writer for these 2 films. I imagine among the 4 of them, the ideas and creativity of what to do with the story made it so clear that it deserved the 2 films to tell it right... and I'm happy with that decision. The thought of that bridge film really had me so excited to see what they'd come up with... but this feels right.

I miss hearing Peter's voice... so having him there talking about The Hobbit is so right!

Thanks MrCere! Say HOWDY to everyone for me!!!


"There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West."
~Hug like a hobbit!~ "In my heaven..."

I really need these new films to take me back to, and not re-introduce me to, that magical world.

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Jul 26 2009, 10:57pm

Post #5 of 7 (583 views)
ComicCon interview [In reply to] Can't Post

if you would like, you can also visit the Empire Magazine website at


and read their interview w/ Peter also.

don't be haten because i didn't put a direct link, i do not know how, and i
apologize ahead of time. plus i know one of you computor whizzes will put
the more dirct link up here, and i thank you ahead of time for that too.



Jul 27 2009, 2:13am

Post #6 of 7 (592 views)
Here you go [In reply to] Can't Post

Empire Online: Peter Jackson

It's really easy to make links. If you're in "Markup" or "Markup and HTML" mode, just press the 'url' button just below the text box you type in, then paste your link (http://www.whatever...), and then press the button (which now says '/url') again and it's there. Detailed examples, including one that shows how you can display alternative text over your link as I've done above, is at the bottom of the screen you get if you press "Get Markup Help" at the top of your editing screen.

It's even easier using the "Advanced Editor". Try it!

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Jul 27 2009, 8:29pm

Post #7 of 7 (568 views)
Thank you [In reply to] Can't Post

Elizabeth. I'll give it a whirl!


(This post was edited by Ataahua on Jul 27 2009, 11:59pm)


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