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Speculation Of Hobbit Announcement August 21st UPDATE

Over at The Noldor Blog, there is serious speculation as to a potential announcement regarding The Hobbit around August 21st.  And if so, indications suggest it would be a positive announcement for fans.

The blog mentions how the Weta Cave is shutting for five days, then closing again a week later for what is called a “very secret private function”.  In addition, a large amount of  Lord Of The Rings / Hobbit sets and props are being pulled from storage, apparently in a somewhat urgent nature. Contacts he has spoken to feel an announcement is imminent and that the morale there is very high.

While this confirms nothing, it does open a window of possibility that something is afoot.  At the excellent The Frodo Franchise site, Kristin Thompson has added some of her thoughts on the matter as well.  What do the TORN readers think?  Talk about it on the message boards!

Update: Sources at WETA and PJ’s camp state that there is nothing important pending for an August 21st announcement. Special events occur at the WETA Cave all the time, many not involving anyone associated with WETA at all. Further investigations reveal the remainder of the article is incorrect and wildly speculative, at best. -Xo

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Men’s #1 Tearjerker: Lord Of The Rings

Women are not the only ones that cry at movies.  Men have admitted they too can open up the waterworks if the movie moves them.  And what movies move men the most?

According to a Top 20 list compiled by the BBC News Magazine, Lord Of The Rings tops them all for men.  Especially Return Of The King.  No surprise for many of the TORN faithful on that selection. 

You can read the entire article here.

Posted in Uncategorized

Guillermo Hopes Peter Jackson Directs Hobbit

As we all know from his elequent recent departure from The Hobbitproduction, Guillermo del Toro still has very strong feelings regarding the future of these films.

“As a fan, I hope those movies get made,” del Toro mentioned to an audience at ComicCon during a Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark presentation.  He added “And I hope to God Peter Jackson directs them. They’re beautiful and they’re needed in the world.”

The situation at MGM is believed to be the main obstacle for getting The Hobbit off the ground.  But the production could ramp up reasonably quickly with del Toro noting that 98 percent of the first movie is already designed along with approximately half of the second one.

You can read the entire article at Entertainment Weekly.

Update: thanks to message board member Theodred for finding a short clip of an interview with Guillermo at Comic Con where he discusses this topic. View the video at mtv.com.

Update: There is another exclusive interview with Guillermo del Toro discussing the same topic, including additional comments on The Hobbit.  Read the entire article at Deadline | Hollywood.

Posted in Director Rumors, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

Guillermo Revisiting “The Haunted Mansion”

In his first move since deciding not to direct “The Hobbit” movies, Guillermo del Toro has decided to bring Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride to the big screen.

Del Toro announced his involvement in the project today at Comic-Con in a surprise appearance at the end of the “Tron” session. Before his appearance, he offered The Hollywood Reporter an exclusive account of how the project came together.

Del Toro, who checked out of “The Hobbit” in May because of ongoing production delays, will co-write and produce the movie, to be called “The Haunted Mansion.” He may direct the film as well. Read More…

Posted in Director news, Guillermo Del Toro

Waiting Around For The Hobbit

From the New York Times Art Beat blog:  At Comic-Con, even the lines have lines. One way to join the line for a Thursday morning rundown on the “Hobbit” movies from staff members of TheOneRing.net, a fan site that has consistently broken news about the Middle Earth movies, was to first get in another line for those without credentials (even if you already had one). Then you could scoot through the big registration room, out the other end, and into the Hobbit line — just in time to grab one of about 300 seats.

Waiting around has become something of a habit when it comes to “The Hobbit.” For weeks, executives at Warner Brothers and its New Line Cinema unit have been trying to close a deal under which Peter Jackson, who is a producer and writer of a planned pair of Hobbit films, would also direct them.  More than two weeks ago, word buzzed through Hollywood that a deal was almost done, but things, as of this writing, are still in suspense. Read More…

Posted in ComicCon, Conventions, Events

Guillermo del Toro At Peace With Hobbit Decision

Calling his decision to walk away from directing The Hobbit  “the biggest heartbreak of my life professionally”, Guillermo del Toro is getting ready to bounce back. 

Del Toro plans to attend Comic-Con to be part of a preview for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a horror film he both produced and co-wrote.  He clearly still likes to excite his fans and noted “We’re gonna announce a few things at Comic-Con that are surprises.  But I’m probably going to announce my next directing project right after Comic-Con. It’s a pretty big one.”   That should perk up the ears of those who love his movies.

While del Toro truly was saddened to leave The Hobbit (possibly to Peter Jackson’s direction), he did tell Entertainment Weekly that “at the same time, I’m entirely at peace with it.”  Read the entire article here.

Posted in ComicCon, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Lee Joins Scorsese’s “Hugo Cabret”

Production has begun in London on Academy Award®-winner Martin Scorsese’s adventure film Hugo Cabret.  The live-action film, to be photographed in 3D, stars Academy Award®-winner Ben Kingsley (Shutter Island), Sacha Baron Cohen (Bruno), Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas), and Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass).

Hugo Cabret, Scorsese’s first film shot in 3D, tells the tale of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station.   When Hugo encounters a broken machine, an eccentric girl, and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a magical, mysterious adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy.

Also appearing in the all-star cast are Academy Award®-nominee Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes), Ray Winstone (London Boulevard), Christopher Lee (Lord of the Rings), Helen McCrory (“The Special Relationship”), Frances de la Tour (Alice In Wonderland), and Richard Griffiths (The History Boys).  Read

Posted in Christopher Lee

FX Comedy Draws Wood

Drama-heavy FX is getting serious about comedy. To wit: The cabler has successfully wooed ex-hobbit Elijah Wood to headline its in-the-works U.S. remake of the hit Australian sitcom Wilfred.

The project, which is being adapted by Family Guy vet David Zuckerman, revolves around a guy (Wood), a girl, and a mixed-breed dog named Wilfred, whom Zuckerman describes as “part Labrador retriever and part Russell Crowe on a bender.”

This marks Wood’s first major foray into television. The Lord of the Rings vet will next be seen in the fall film The Romantics opposite Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, and Anna Paquin.

Posted in Elijah Wood, Uncategorized

Serkis An Ape Again

Cinema Blend is relaying news tweeted by Fox communications executive Chris Petrikin that Andy Serkis will be joining the production of Rise Of The Apes, the prequel to Fox’s Planet Of The Apes.  Serkis will be playing Caesar , the “chimp who leads the simian revolt.”  

Weta will be responsible for the visual effects.  Let’s hope Andy’s schedule will be flexible enough to include Gollum whenever The Hobbit production is allow to continue.  Read the entire story here.

Posted in Andy Serkis, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Urgency Needed For Hobbit

Editor Mike Fleming with Deadline New York has a follow up to recent news regarding negotiations with Peter Jackson to direct The Hobbit.  While he comments it is “probably the best news for debt-laden MGM in years” it has stepped up the pressure on MGM’s studio backers.  He writes:

Now the MGM creditors also must decide either to commit MGM’s half of the production costs  for the two films or take available outside funding, all before the studio works out its future ownership strategy. If the creditors don’t seize on the momentum, MGM risks losing its chance to release the first film in December 2012. (The second film would follow a year later.) And there is a good chance that Jackson will change his mind, meaning that inaction costs the studio an enormous opportunity.

He adds that process steps to keep existing rights deals in place probably won’t happen until late July at the earliest, a timeframe viewed as too long to wait for decisions on The Hobbit.  Read the entire article here.

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

A Quote From “Derek”

A quote on Ain’t It Cool News has been posted under “Of Incomplete Stories Regarding Spiderman And The Hobbit” and is from a source named “Derek”.  For those who are familiar with Peter Jackson’s Bad Taste, the character of Derek was played by Jackson himself.  When Harry Knowles asked “Derek” whether he was directing, he said:

No, nothing has really changed – I’ve always said that me directing was one option, and so that’s not really news. The studio are working out what that deal would look like, because how else do they know if it’s a viable option? But it’s honestly one of several different options – many irons are in the fire right now. What’s of great concern to everyone right now is trying to stay on schedule and not slip back another year, because we will start losing people – and that’s increasingly difficult as each day passes.  A lot of people – both film makers and studios are working very hard right now, trying to get a positive outcome here.”

It appears all sides are pushing feverishly to get The Hobbit moving as quickly as possible.  Time is of the essence though hurdles obviously still remain.  Stay tuned to TORN as updates and news continues to unfold.

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, Uncategorized

Into The Westaway For Thorin?

Moviehole is relaying a report from The Herald-Sun that Australian actor Simon Westaway has auditioned for the role of lead dwarf Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit.  

Oakenshield, being the leader of his people, was determined to reclaim the treasure stolen by Smaug.

Westaway has played Mick Gatto on the first season of TVs “Underbelly” and had roles in Terry Malick’s The Thin Red Line, Happy Feet and Babe: Pig in the City.

The paper adds that Cate Blanchett is expected to reprise her role as Galadriel in the film.  What do TORN readers think?  Add your comments on the message boards!

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit