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Press Release from New Line/Warner Bros.: OSCAR WINNER PETER JACKSON TO DIRECT "THE HOBBIT" IN TWO INSTALLMENTS

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OSCAR WINNER PETER JACKSON TO DIRECT "THE HOBBIT" IN TWO INSTALLMENTS
Peter Jackson Set to Direct J.R.R Tolkien's "The Hobbit" In a Two-Part 3D Production of Extraordinary Scope


(Los Angeles, October 15, 2010) 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.

ABOUT NEW LINE CINEMA:
New Line Cinema continues to be one of the most successful independent film companies. For more than 40 years, its mission has been to produce innovative, popular, profitable entertainment in the best creative environment. A pioneer in franchise filmmaking, New Line produced the Oscar®-winning "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, which is a landmark in the history of film franchises. New Line Cinema is a division of Warner Bros.

ABOUT PETER JACKSON/WINGNUT FILMS:
Peter Jackson is one of the world's most successful filmmakers. His monumental achievement co-writing, co-producing and directing The Lord of the Rings trilogy (with fellow Academy Award winners and frequent collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens) earned a total of 30 Academy Award nominations and 17 Academy Awards. Jackson and Walsh received their first Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for their acclaimed film Heavenly Creatures. Jackson, through his New Zealand-based Wingnut Films banner, also was responsible for the globally successful 2005 remake of King Kong which earned over $500 million worldwide and 3 Academy Awards. Jackson most recently directed the Academy Award nominated The Lovely Bones; an adaptation of the acclaimed best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, which to date has earned nearly $100 million worldwide; and produced the global sensation, District 9, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. He is also developing a trilogy of films with Steven Spielberg based on Tintin, the world renowned comic book series by Herge. In 2010 he received a Knighthood for his services to film.

ABOUT METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in domestic and international TV channels reaching over 130 countries. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

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    THANK GOD!!! Pipe Dream Send a private message to Pipe Dream Oct 16 2010, 2:16am
    "In a hole in a ground..." One Ringer Send a private message to One Ringer Oct 16 2010, 2:17am
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        I completely understand Lindele Send a private message to Lindele Oct 16 2010, 2:47am
            And I completely understand... Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower Oct 16 2010, 4:16am
                Yeah duats Send a private message to duats Oct 16 2010, 4:31am
                    Thank you Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower Oct 16 2010, 4:46am
                        Another perspective - I don't see this as much Pavlovian conditioning but more Public Relations... Owain Send a private message to Owain Oct 16 2010, 5:00am
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                        Yeah... no. I don't buy that for a second. Owain Send a private message to Owain Oct 16 2010, 5:18am
                            Plus duats Send a private message to duats Oct 16 2010, 5:24am
                                And writers, directors, producers, editors... you get the idea... change their minds Owain Send a private message to Owain Oct 16 2010, 5:31am
                                Re: 3D Dipora Send a private message to Dipora Oct 17 2010, 3:07am
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                        Final thoughts on GDT duats Send a private message to duats Oct 16 2010, 5:03am
                            It does show commitment... Owain Send a private message to Owain Oct 16 2010, 5:12am
                            I agree Lindele Send a private message to Lindele Oct 16 2010, 5:25am
                    Since when Silverlode Send a private message to Silverlode Oct 16 2010, 5:06am
                        As far as the 3D issue goes duats Send a private message to duats Oct 16 2010, 5:11am
                            That seems obvious to me too. // mae govannen Send a private message to mae govannen Oct 16 2010, 8:25am
                        I think a lot of this is PR-talk entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Oct 16 2010, 5:16am
                            Agreed. Silverlode Send a private message to Silverlode Oct 16 2010, 5:27am
                            Exactly Eledhwen Send a private message to Eledhwen Oct 16 2010, 6:19am
                                Loved the geeky in-joke...! mae govannen Send a private message to mae govannen Oct 16 2010, 9:14am
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                        Oh yes... Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower Oct 16 2010, 6:01am
                            Well you're putting it up there for discussion Tim Send a private message to Tim Oct 16 2010, 12:47pm
                                But-but I want to be the resident skeptic. Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Oct 16 2010, 1:34pm
                                    Well you seem to have some serious competition for that title lol. // Tim Send a private message to Tim Oct 16 2010, 1:55pm
                                        Maybe I should be the "Resident Cynic" then. Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Oct 16 2010, 2:06pm
                                            I guess it really is true about the human condition Tim Send a private message to Tim Oct 16 2010, 2:08pm
                                                Glad you said we. Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Oct 16 2010, 2:55pm
                                                    Of course we Tim Send a private message to Tim Oct 16 2010, 3:02pm
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                                                        I think I am gonna bring the dance over here Tim ;) Analeewyn Send a private message to Analeewyn Oct 18 2010, 5:50am
                                                            Cute!// Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Oct 18 2010, 9:04am
                                                            Ha ha! Groovy yellow person dance, I dig it. Tim Send a private message to Tim Oct 18 2010, 2:37pm
                                            Hey, I like that... Analeewyn Send a private message to Analeewyn Oct 18 2010, 5:39am
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                                    Then this is astonishing foresight!... mae govannen Send a private message to mae govannen Oct 16 2010, 12:02pm
                                        Yeah, and... Patty Send a private message to Patty Oct 16 2010, 4:07pm
                            So you are the one behind it.// Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Oct 16 2010, 12:07pm
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                            OK that's just spooky Elven. Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Oct 16 2010, 11:03pm
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                I actually talked to Guillermo tonight entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Oct 16 2010, 6:07am
                    Wow! Very cool Entmaiden. Would have loved to have been there.// Owain Send a private message to Owain Oct 16 2010, 6:31am
                    Thanks for this lovely reaction, dear GDT!... mae govannen Send a private message to mae govannen Oct 16 2010, 7:12am
                    **raises a glass to Entmaiden** Patty Send a private message to Patty Oct 16 2010, 10:38am
                    Way to go entmaiden... Elven Send a private message to Elven Oct 16 2010, 10:51am
                    Thanks for this entmaiden. Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Oct 16 2010, 11:00pm
                        Yes to both entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Oct 16 2010, 11:49pm
                    Someone should have asked Perlman Flagg Send a private message to Flagg Oct 16 2010, 11:04pm
                        Beorn. entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Oct 16 2010, 11:47pm
                    Oh good :) I'm so glad grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Oct 17 2010, 12:26am
                    That's great Ainu Laire Send a private message to Ainu Laire Oct 17 2010, 1:43am
                    thanks for that report, entmaiden Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Oct 17 2010, 1:49am
                    that's lovely to hear Oiotári Send a private message to Oiotári Oct 17 2010, 2:15am
    YES!!!!! Kelvarhin Send a private message to Kelvarhin Oct 16 2010, 2:52am
    This is great news! Owain Send a private message to Owain Oct 16 2010, 2:59am
    COWABUNGA! *does cannonball* Finding Frodo Send a private message to Finding Frodo Oct 16 2010, 3:02am
    There are no words.... Solos Send a private message to Solos Oct 16 2010, 3:46am
    FINALLY!!! rings7 Send a private message to rings7 Oct 16 2010, 3:47am
    I must share this news with the world! TolkienOtaku Send a private message to TolkienOtaku Oct 16 2010, 3:49am
    Well... Oscarilbo Send a private message to Oscarilbo Oct 16 2010, 3:57am
    Doing the happy Hobbit dance!! Eldameldo Send a private message to Eldameldo Oct 16 2010, 4:17am
    YEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS verityfate Send a private message to verityfate Oct 16 2010, 4:29am
    I don't think we need to turn this into a conspiracy theory, Tim Send a private message to Tim Oct 16 2010, 5:29am
        I'm just happy duats Send a private message to duats Oct 16 2010, 5:33am
            Yeah... it will be awesome!// Owain Send a private message to Owain Oct 16 2010, 5:34am
                That is, of course... duats Send a private message to duats Oct 16 2010, 5:38am
                    it's relatively likely Oiotári Send a private message to Oiotári Oct 16 2010, 3:30pm
        Tend to agree with you... :-) // mae govannen Send a private message to mae govannen Oct 16 2010, 7:33am
        Tim, as usual... Patty Send a private message to Patty Oct 16 2010, 10:39am
        Amen! Estel78 Send a private message to Estel78 Oct 16 2010, 12:49pm
    My heart is all a-patter... Earl Send a private message to Earl Oct 16 2010, 5:46am
        'all a-patter' mae govannen Send a private message to mae govannen Oct 16 2010, 9:21am
    Wait 'til gramma sees this... Earl Send a private message to Earl Oct 16 2010, 5:47am
        Awesome to see this kind of excitement and anticipation again... Owain Send a private message to Owain Oct 16 2010, 5:49am
            I know... Earl Send a private message to Earl Oct 16 2010, 5:50am
        Right!... I'm waiting for that too!!! // mae govannen Send a private message to mae govannen Oct 16 2010, 6:38am
        *mods up* // Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Oct 16 2010, 12:09pm
    Emerging from temporary lurk mode to say: WOOHOOOOOOOOO! =-D Laitholiel_the_SeaElf Send a private message to Laitholiel_the_SeaElf Oct 16 2010, 6:04am
        Joining you in the WooHooooooo!// Owain Send a private message to Owain Oct 16 2010, 6:05am
    Now it's official! :-) Peredhil lover Send a private message to Peredhil lover Oct 16 2010, 6:21am
    At last!!!... *sigh of ecstatic relief* mae govannen Send a private message to mae govannen Oct 16 2010, 6:48am
    *throws confetti* LoremIpsum Send a private message to LoremIpsum Oct 16 2010, 6:51am
    Please NO to 3D ArchaicWarrior Send a private message to ArchaicWarrior Oct 16 2010, 7:09am
    New Zealand! Doriath Send a private message to Doriath Oct 16 2010, 7:15am
    SO HAPPY!!!!!!!! Jazmine Send a private message to Jazmine Oct 16 2010, 7:31am
    Emerging from lurk to YAY!!! Owlyross Send a private message to Owlyross Oct 16 2010, 7:42am
        Wow - Hi ! Haven't seen you in forever !! Rivendweller Send a private message to Rivendweller Oct 16 2010, 4:04pm
            Hi *waves* Owlyross Send a private message to Owlyross Oct 18 2010, 10:31am
        hey you... long time Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Oct 18 2010, 1:43pm
    YEY!!!!!!! Galadriel's ring Send a private message to Galadriel's ring Oct 16 2010, 7:57am
    Oooh! The news even brought me out my hole in the ground. Moriel Send a private message to Moriel Oct 16 2010, 8:25am
        Well Moriel, now that there is news.. Patty Send a private message to Patty Oct 16 2010, 10:41am
    Finally 100% official. macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Oct 16 2010, 8:32am
    Yay! Vidstige Send a private message to Vidstige Oct 16 2010, 8:58am
    moahahahaaha Mithrandír Send a private message to Mithrandír Oct 16 2010, 9:06am
    Woo Hoo Bound Send a private message to Bound Oct 16 2010, 9:51am
    CONGRATULATIONS MR JACKSON! marlonbrando76 Send a private message to marlonbrando76 Oct 16 2010, 10:12am
    Hurraay maut Send a private message to maut Oct 16 2010, 10:56am
    So, I want to know if we are going to be fortunate enough to get.. Patty Send a private message to Patty Oct 16 2010, 3:59pm
    Great news!! Huan71 Send a private message to Huan71 Oct 16 2010, 4:21pm
        I think the location of The Hobbit production has been decided ranger123 Send a private message to ranger123 Oct 16 2010, 6:36pm
            By Golly I Think You've Got It! // Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Oct 16 2010, 7:34pm
            I agree... those were my thoughts too :o) // Earl Send a private message to Earl Oct 18 2010, 12:03pm
    LONG have we waited for this! _V_ Send a private message to _V_ Oct 16 2010, 4:49pm
        Yes, 'we are going home'... How sweet a way to say it. Thanks!...// mae govannen Send a private message to mae govannen Oct 17 2010, 1:43am
    BANZAI!!!!!! *squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee* grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Oct 16 2010, 6:23pm
        The EMTs are on their way.// Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Oct 16 2010, 7:36pm
        And there she is! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Oct 16 2010, 7:40pm
        my ears are ringing too Oiotári Send a private message to Oiotári Oct 16 2010, 7:41pm
            LOL!... Same with me!!! // mae govannen Send a private message to mae govannen Oct 17 2010, 1:38am
        Are you happy Gramma? Eruwestial37 Send a private message to Eruwestial37 Oct 16 2010, 11:00pm
        Aaaah! There you are at last!!! I was waiting for you!... mae govannen Send a private message to mae govannen Oct 17 2010, 1:29am
    GDT macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Oct 17 2010, 6:41am
        Not really in a position to know at this point Tim Send a private message to Tim Oct 17 2010, 4:17pm
            More like squids to fry...// Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Oct 17 2010, 4:32pm
            I believe that Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Oct 17 2010, 4:38pm
                That thought doesn't comfort me Flagg Send a private message to Flagg Oct 17 2010, 5:21pm
                    Yes, but wether we like it or not. The Hobbit is Peter's now. Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Oct 17 2010, 5:56pm
                        Honestly duats Send a private message to duats Oct 17 2010, 6:36pm
                            I agree 100% Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Oct 17 2010, 7:03pm
                            GdT's Smaug Flagg Send a private message to Flagg Oct 17 2010, 7:08pm
                                That's my line of thinking duats Send a private message to duats Oct 17 2010, 7:31pm
    *does springle-ring* // Alassëa Eruvande Send a private message to Alassëa Eruvande Oct 17 2010, 5:39pm
    I assume... the_argonath Send a private message to the_argonath Oct 17 2010, 9:24pm

 
 
 

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