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A year since official greenlight, a little over a year to go!
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Captain Salt
Tol Eressea


Oct 16 2011, 12:44am

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Well, I just realized that a year ago today, after a long and tumultuous journey, Warner Bros. officially greenlit "The Hobbit", along with confirming PJ as director! Here's the official announcement, for nostalgia's sake:

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.


We've come a long way since then, obviously, as the film has been cast and is now well into filming. And we have quite the 14 months ahead of us...still to come are more of PJ's video blogs, more casting announcements and pictures, the first trailers and advertising, possibly a panel at Comic-Con 2012, and an inevitable merchandising and marketing blitz from Warner Bros. leading up to the December 2012 releases date of Film 1! In a little over a year, we'll finally be able to enjoy the results of PH"s unexpected journey as director. Can't WAIT to see Middle-earth on the big screen again, and to see what surprises Peter & Company have for us in the coming months...Wink

Here's to the most anticipated films of the decade,
Don't you wish they had both already been made?,
Adventurous dwarves, nasty Goblins, and a single Hobbit,
Errmmm...nothing rhymes with Hobbit....except BLOBBIT!

(This post was edited by Captain Salt on Oct 16 2011, 12:47am)


Xanaseb
Tol Eressea


Oct 16 2011, 1:33am

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Hear hear to PJ & Co. for making this reality! [In reply to] Can't Post

But seriously PJ, I am now begging you with all my heart and soul.......please give us another Video Blog. Even if it's five minutes and only shows Bilbo.
Just please.

Yours Sincerely,

Sebastian Sanyal

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video blog please






TheCoon
Lorien

Oct 16 2011, 3:14am

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Gimli'sBox
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Oct 16 2011, 4:17am

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Earl
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Oct 16 2011, 6:02am

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How cool is that!? [In reply to] Can't Post

I remember the day so well. It was a Saturday (or a Sunday) morning out here, and I called my friend frantically, waking him up from his sleep, because I *had* to tell someone who cared Laugh



droidsocket
Rivendell

Oct 16 2011, 6:13am

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I remember too [In reply to] Can't Post

Because it was my birthday! Best gift ever!!


Patty
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Oct 16 2011, 7:35am

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Patty
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Oct 16 2011, 7:37am

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hint, hint.Angelic

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namarie
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Oct 16 2011, 9:23am

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One year went by, one more year to go [In reply to] Can't Post

After so many years of waiting, one more year seems like peace of cake Laugh

I hope for more news soon..maybe a video blog?! Tongue


There is always hope

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namarie
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Oct 16 2011, 9:23am

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There is always hope


Pipe Dream
Gondor


Oct 16 2011, 11:30am

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Geez. [In reply to] Can't Post

It doesn't seem like another year is already gone. Only 425 days to go, or 1 year, 1 month, and 28 days.

"There is a long road yet," said Gandalf. "But it is the last road," said Bilbo.


grammaboodawg
Immortal


Oct 16 2011, 4:31pm

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*heart races* We've come so far... [In reply to] Can't Post

but the rest isn't coming fast enough!!

Who would have thought a couple of years ago that we'd be enjoying so much. I can't express how happy I am right now. From the threat of no Hobbit at all to being displaced and not filmed in NZ and now we have Peter and his filmic family working on this incredible adaptation... I just can't stop smiling!

I've already ordered what I think is the first "Hobbit" Weta piece. The Gandalf statue they have looks very much like a Hobbit-Quest Wizard to me.


His hairline is a bit lower and his eyebrows a little less bushy. So the merchandising has already started... for me :) *geeky hand-clapping*


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




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Captain Salt
Tol Eressea


Oct 16 2011, 5:11pm

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At least you [In reply to] Can't Post

didn't call and pretend to be a long-lost friend from Germany, as Viggo used to do to poor Elijah in the middle of the night! Tongue

Here's to the most anticipated films of the decade,
Don't you wish they had both already been made?,
Adventurous dwarves, nasty Goblins, and a single Hobbit,
Errmmm...nothing rhymes with Hobbit....except BLOBBIT!


Captain Salt
Tol Eressea


Oct 16 2011, 5:13pm

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Nice piece indeed! [In reply to] Can't Post

I agree he does look slightly different from the Gandalf of LotR...it would be even better if he had his silver scarf which we'll be seeing in TH (as mentioned by Sir Ian on his blog, and glimpsed in the first official Gandy pic in Empire Magazine), but yeah, definitely good work! Wink

Here's to the most anticipated films of the decade,
Don't you wish they had both already been made?,
Adventurous dwarves, nasty Goblins, and a single Hobbit,
Errmmm...nothing rhymes with Hobbit....except BLOBBIT!


Captain Salt
Tol Eressea


Oct 16 2011, 5:18pm

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Sounds like it! [In reply to] Can't Post

Certainly a nice birthday surprise, I would imagine.

Here's to the most anticipated films of the decade,
Don't you wish they had both already been made?,
Adventurous dwarves, nasty Goblins, and a single Hobbit,
Errmmm...nothing rhymes with Hobbit....except BLOBBIT!


gamgee328
The Shire


Oct 16 2011, 5:21pm

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I remember this day as well! I remember my friend calling me as soon as the news went out and we spent over an hour on the phone gushing about it!


droidsocket
Rivendell

Oct 16 2011, 9:50pm

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Thank you!


rings7
Rohan


Oct 16 2011, 11:58pm

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Seriously happy birthday to an awesome day. [In reply to] Can't Post

But i'm a little confused. The green light was announced BEFORE the cast right? I only remember the cast announcement cause it was on a Thursday and i was working when i saw the news on my phone.

Anybody remember the exact day when the main cast was officially announced? I know it was also October.


Captain Salt
Tol Eressea


Oct 17 2011, 12:57am

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Yes, the 21st! [In reply to] Can't Post

Only a week after the official greenlight. Wink

Here's to the most anticipated films of the decade,
Don't you wish they had both already been made?,
Adventurous dwarves, nasty Goblins, and a single Hobbit,
Errmmm...nothing rhymes with Hobbit....except BLOBBIT!


silneldor
Half-elven


Oct 17 2011, 2:04am

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Tongue. You know how to git one going, don't you captain? Laugh.
I again am getting all these visions dancing around in my head with the vast possibilities. I have been trying to stay on an even keel and an even heart rate given the endurance event of waiting we have.

But it is good to do speed trials though the gambit of breath-taking happenings to be, once in a while.

ThanksCool

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Looking at the land, and the water that flows
The true beauty of earth shows
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rings7
Rohan


Oct 17 2011, 3:58am

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I knew it was around that date. An unforgettable day for all Tolkien fans. Smile


Captain Salt
Tol Eressea


Oct 17 2011, 4:41am

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Actually, I'm right with you! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm surprised I've gone this long without some sort of mental break...it really is too exciting! I feel your unadulterated anticipation! Tongue

I DID screech rather loudly upon reading that Ian McKellan was officially coming back, and happened to be on a train full of people at the time! Wink

Here's to the most anticipated films of the decade,
Don't you wish they had both already been made?,
Adventurous dwarves, nasty Goblins, and a single Hobbit,
Errmmm...nothing rhymes with Hobbit....except BLOBBIT!

(This post was edited by Captain Salt on Oct 17 2011, 4:46am)


Captain Salt
Tol Eressea


Oct 17 2011, 4:44am

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No problem! [In reply to] Can't Post

Here's the above-mentioned initial casting announcement, again for nostalgic purposes Tongue:

The Hobbit Casting Announced!

Source: New Line/Warner Bros.

October 21, 2010

Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow and Peter Hambleton have joined the ensemble cast of
The Hobbit, 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.; Steve Cooper, co-Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., and Peter Jackson.

Since
The Hobbit films received a green light on October 15, pre-production has been in full swing. Set for release in December, 2012 and December, 2013, we can confirm that Martin Freeman (The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Hot Fuzz) will play Bilbo Baggins, the hero of the story. Richard Armitage (UK TV's "MI-5" and soon to appear in Captain America: The First Avenger) is set to play Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the Company of Dwarves which sets off to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from a thieving dragon.

"Despite the various rumors and speculation surrounding this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us," says Peter Jackson. "There are a few times in your career when you come across an actor who you know was born to play a role, but that was the case as soon as I met Martin. He is intelligent, funny, surprising and brave - exactly like Bilbo and I feel incredibly proud to be able to announce that he is our Hobbit."


He adds: "Richard is one of the most exciting and dynamic actors working on screen today and we know he is going to make an amazing Thorin Oakensheild. We cannot wait to start this adventure with him and feel very lucky that one of the most beloved characters in Middle-earth is in such good hands."


Rounding out the Company of Dwarves are Aidan Turner (TV's "Being Human") and Rob Kazinsky (TVs "EastEnders") who play Kili and Fili, respectively. Jackson comments, "Rob is an extremely talented young actor with a huge career in front of him, I'm thrilled that he has agreed to take on the role of Fili. Besides his talent as an actor, Rob is also a champion sword fighter; I'm looking forward to seeing the damage he can do to a horde of marauding Goblins!" He continues, "Adian is a wonderfully gifted young actor who hails from Ireland. I'm sure he will bring enormous heart and humor to the role of Kili."


The remaining dwarves will be played by Graham McTavish (
Secretariat and TV's "24") as Dwalin; John Callen (TV's "Power Rangers Jungle Fury") as Oin; Stephen Hunter (TV's "All Saints") as Bombur; Mark Hadlow (King Kong) as Dori; and Peter Hambleton (TV's "The Strip") as Gloin.

Jackson notes, "Graham is a terrific actor, with a great depth of experience, which I know he will bring to the role of "Dwalin. I have worked with Mark Hadlow on many projects; he is a fantastic actor. I am thrilled to be working with both of them on these movies. He adds, "I am also proud to announce the casting of New Zealand actors as Peter Hambleton, John Callen and Stephen Hunter. Fran and I know that they will bring great depth and talent to our Company of Dwarves."


The two "The Hobbit" films are 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 serving as co-producer and Ken Kamins as executive producer.


I feel bad for Rob Kazinsky, not getting to actually appear as Fili on-screen...but he's sure landed on his feet, between the George Lucas-produced "Red Tails" coming out January 2012, and Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" set for May 2013. And Dean O'Gorman looks like a pretty good Fili from what little we've seen so far...

Here's to the most anticipated films of the decade,
Don't you wish they had both already been made?,
Adventurous dwarves, nasty Goblins, and a single Hobbit,
Errmmm...nothing rhymes with Hobbit....except BLOBBIT!

(This post was edited by Captain Salt on Oct 17 2011, 4:49am)


TheCoon
Lorien

Oct 17 2011, 11:56am

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armitage in captain america? [In reply to] Can't Post

who was he?


titanium_hobbit
Rohan


Oct 17 2011, 12:11pm

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This website is helpful. :P [In reply to] Can't Post

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0035514/

Says: Heinz Kruger. (picture of him in character)

IMDB is pretty useful for released movies, not so much with the speculation.

Hobbit firster, Book firster.

(This post was edited by titanium_hobbit on Oct 17 2011, 12:12pm)

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