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A year since official greenlight, a little over a year to go!

Captain Salt
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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)

Subject User Time
A year since official greenlight, a little over a year to go! Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Oct 16 2011, 12:44am
    Hear hear to PJ & Co. for making this reality! Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Oct 16 2011, 1:33am
        may the hair on their toes never fall out TheCoon Send a private message to TheCoon Oct 16 2011, 3:14am
        I second everything you've said!! :D // grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Oct 17 2011, 4:43pm
    I'm stoked!!!!!// Gimli'sBox Send a private message to Gimli'sBox Oct 16 2011, 4:17am
    How cool is that!? Earl Send a private message to Earl Oct 16 2011, 6:02am
        I remember too droidsocket Send a private message to droidsocket Oct 16 2011, 6:13am
            Happy birthday to you, then./ Patty Send a private message to Patty Oct 16 2011, 7:35am
            Happy birthday :)// namarie Send a private message to namarie Oct 16 2011, 9:23am
                Thank you! droidsocket Send a private message to droidsocket Oct 16 2011, 9:50pm
            Sounds like it! Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Oct 16 2011, 5:18pm
        At least you Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Oct 16 2011, 5:11pm
    Hey PJ--what a super birthday mathom you could give us on your Halloween birthday... Patty Send a private message to Patty Oct 16 2011, 7:37am
        lol, I do hope so!!!!!!! Maybe he'll inject some Halloween theme into the blog (as much as I find it sickly and greedily Capitalist) Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Oct 17 2011, 11:46pm
    One year went by, one more year to go namarie Send a private message to namarie Oct 16 2011, 9:23am
    Geez. Pipe Dream Send a private message to Pipe Dream Oct 16 2011, 11:30am
    *heart races* We've come so far... grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Oct 16 2011, 4:31pm
        Nice piece indeed! Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Oct 16 2011, 5:13pm
    Happy Anniversary! gamgee328 Send a private message to gamgee328 Oct 16 2011, 5:21pm
    Seriously happy birthday to an awesome day. rings7 Send a private message to rings7 Oct 16 2011, 11:58pm
        Yes, the 21st! Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Oct 17 2011, 12:57am
            Thanks rings7 Send a private message to rings7 Oct 17 2011, 3:58am
                No problem! Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Oct 17 2011, 4:44am
                    armitage in captain america? TheCoon Send a private message to TheCoon Oct 17 2011, 11:56am
                        This website is helpful. :P titanium_hobbit Send a private message to titanium_hobbit Oct 17 2011, 12:11pm
    thump.....thump.....thump...thump..thump.thumpthumpthumpthumpthump... silneldor Send a private message to silneldor Oct 17 2011, 2:04am
        Actually, I'm right with you! Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Oct 17 2011, 4:41am
    So exciting!!! mulubinba Send a private message to mulubinba Oct 18 2011, 6:43am
        It is indeed! Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Oct 19 2011, 2:23am
    Tintin's out next week here. War in The North the week after! QuackingTroll Send a private message to QuackingTroll Oct 19 2011, 10:27am

 
 
 

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