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OFFICIAL HOBBIT ANNOUNCEMENT - BREAKING NEWS!

BardLaketown
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Apr 24 2008, 11:04pm


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BREAKING NEWS: Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro will spend four years in New Zealand making two films based on The Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit, it was confirmed today.


The official announcement was made in Hollywood by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson - who will co-produce The Hobbit - fellow producer Fran Walsh, and executives from New Line Cinema and MGM.

Jackson and Walsh said del Toro was "a genuine storyteller" of outstanding ability.

"A true original, Guillermo is a cinematic magician who has never lost his child-like sense of wonder. He understands that the fantastic must be grounded in the real and that all stories are only ever a reflection of ourselves," say Jackson and Walsh.

"We have long admired Guillermo's work and cannot think of a more inspired filmmaker to take the journey back to Middle-earth. We are delighted ‘The Hobbit' is in such trustworthy hands."

Del Toro said he considered himself "blessed" to become part of the filmmaking community in New Zealand.

The Mexican-born filmmaker will base himself in New Zealand for four years to work with Wingnut Films and Weta production teams.

The two films will be shot back to back.

Del Toro's films include The Devil's Backbone, Blade II, and the Oscar-winning Pan's Labyrinth. His latest movie, Hellboy II: The Golden Army is due for release in July.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/4496833a1870.html


Guillermo del Toro to direct 'Hobbit'

Filmmaker signs on helm feature and sequel In a major step forward on "The Hobbit," Guillermo del Toro has signed on to direct the New Line-MGM tentpole and its sequel.

The widely expected announcement came Thursday afternoon jointly from exec producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, New Line president Toby Emmerich and Mary Parent, the newly named chief of MGM's Worldwide Motion Picture Group.
Del Toro's moving to New Zealand for the next four years to work with Jackson and his Wingnut and WETA production teams. He'll direct the two films back to back, with the sequel which will deal with the 60-year period between "The Hobbit" and "The Fellowship of the Ring," the first of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
New Line is overseeing development and will manage production. Both pics are being co-produced and co-financed by New Line Cinema and MGM, with Warner Bros. distributing domestically and MGM handling international.
Del Toro most recently helmed "Pan's Labyrinth," released through New Line's Picturehouse. The fantasy set a record as the highest grossing Spanish language film in U.S. box office history.

http://www.variety.com/...tegoryid=13&cs=1


(This post was edited by BardLaketown on Apr 24 2008, 11:14pm)

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    YES! IT'S TIME TO GO THERE AND BACK AGAIN! One Ringer Send a private message to One Ringer Apr 24 2008, 11:11pm
    Finally!! Some Good News Today!!! JRandomRohirrim Send a private message to JRandomRohirrim Apr 24 2008, 11:15pm
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    Well, that rates a SQUEE! / Kimi Send a private message to Kimi Apr 24 2008, 11:18pm
    AHA! I guessed right!.... diedye Send a private message to diedye Apr 24 2008, 11:19pm
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            Ahhh! BuckyUnderbelly Send a private message to BuckyUnderbelly Apr 24 2008, 11:26pm
        'Replied' to you in my excitement Starling Send a private message to Starling Apr 24 2008, 11:25pm
    HALLELUJAH! KateTheHobbit Send a private message to KateTheHobbit Apr 24 2008, 11:20pm
    Congratulations, Mr. del Toro! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Apr 24 2008, 11:24pm
    OOOOMMMMMGGGGGGGGG *bursts into tears* grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Apr 24 2008, 11:25pm
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        *Passes over the nitro* // Mar Send a private message to Mar Apr 25 2008, 1:22am
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        It's finally happening. grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Apr 24 2008, 11:41pm
            You never gave up ! You deserve that champagne ! Rivendweller Send a private message to Rivendweller Apr 25 2008, 1:34am
    Oh Wow! Nienna Send a private message to Nienna Apr 24 2008, 11:30pm
    The picture of PJ and GDT... KateTheHobbit Send a private message to KateTheHobbit Apr 24 2008, 11:30pm
        I agree . . . One Ringer Send a private message to One Ringer Apr 24 2008, 11:45pm
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    And we've had a second post in Movies from GDT!// MsC Send a private message to MsC Apr 24 2008, 11:31pm
    yay!!!! vtboyarc Send a private message to vtboyarc Apr 24 2008, 11:33pm
    Hey, guys! Guillermo is over on the movie board Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Apr 24 2008, 11:35pm
        LISTEN TO MAGPIE!!! *mods up and up and UP* // grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Apr 25 2008, 12:01am
    Yay! Araniel Send a private message to Araniel Apr 24 2008, 11:41pm
    Beautiful! Compa_Mighty Send a private message to Compa_Mighty Apr 24 2008, 11:42pm
    Back to Middle Earth we go!!!! ringbearer2280 Send a private message to ringbearer2280 Apr 24 2008, 11:48pm
        *Big happy sigh* Eldameldo Send a private message to Eldameldo Apr 24 2008, 11:56pm
    Holy Moly! Finally! YodatheHobbit Send a private message to YodatheHobbit Apr 24 2008, 11:55pm
    The announcement is up on the official Hobbit blog... diedye Send a private message to diedye Apr 25 2008, 12:15am
    Yeah! DiveTwin Send a private message to DiveTwin Apr 25 2008, 12:19am
    What a great way to start off my long weekend! snapcotton Send a private message to snapcotton Apr 25 2008, 12:24am
    YES!!! Laerasėa Send a private message to Laerasėa Apr 25 2008, 12:42am
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        Jumps in for a moment..... Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower Apr 25 2008, 1:16am
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                        Perfect! Yes I did! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Apr 25 2008, 11:07am
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        Yahoo announcement regarding the 2nd Hobbit film Denethond Half-Elven Send a private message to Denethond Half-Elven Apr 25 2008, 4:25am
            WOW!! Now that would be something!! Elven Send a private message to Elven Apr 25 2008, 4:44am
            The official New Line press release says . . . MrCere Send a private message to MrCere Apr 25 2008, 4:57am
                Cant wait to find out whats going on there! Elven Send a private message to Elven Apr 25 2008, 5:06am
                MGM's press release says so too. L. Ron Halfelven Send a private message to L. Ron Halfelven Apr 25 2008, 1:42pm
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