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TotalFilm’s Hobbiton Set Photos

In upcoming Issue 175, has published some great aerial shots of Hobbiton in production. You can see a small preview image above and on their site by following this link. If you happen to get your hands on this issue and want to send us a scan, we won’t refuse! 🙂 Please send it to [View Preview]

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Make the Hobbit Happen, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit

Majority back Hobbit movie deal, but don’t want a repeat

A majority of New Zealanders support the deal the Government did with Warner Bros to keep Hobbit film production in New Zealand. However, a majority don’t want a similar deal done again.

A new nationwide HorizonPoll finds 56.4% support for the agreement the Government made with United States film studio Warner Bros. Only 18.8% disapprove of the deal, under which the company received additional tax write-offs for large-budget films of about $15 million, and another $13 million for marketing. Warner Bros agreed to include material in DVDs to film audiences promoting New Zealand.

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Posted in Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Make the Hobbit Happen

NZ March Reports – Hobbit already moving??

With the news that the NZ Equity Meeting was canceled last night, we are now getting some reports from the ground. Below you will find two reports: One from a witness to the resulting technician march (with pictures!);  Another from a technician marching with some exclusive information. As a quick summary, the general consensus is that the meeting was canceled last night when it was realized the protest group greatly outnumbered those in the actor’s equity. However, the worst news comes from Jabes report:

We received news tonight that the Hobbit is essentially lost to NZ, but maybe some drastic act would help brew enough support to present a solid case to Warner/MGM

Thanks to Ringer Caras Galadhon and Ringer Jabes for sharing their reports! Click ‘continue’ to read them in their entirety.


Posted in Events, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Make the Hobbit Happen, MGM, New Line Cinema, Other Events, Peter Jackson, Production, Richard Taylor, Studios, The Hobbit, Warner Bros.

Kiwi Cartoon Talks Hobbit

Ataahua sends in this link to Kiwi cartoonist Tom Scott latest Hobbit related cartoon.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Make the Hobbit Happen, The Hobbit

SPADA and Actors Equity New Zealand to Meet

The New Zealand actor’s union has accepted an invitation to meet with the Screen Production and Development Association (SPADA). The meeting is likely to take place Thursday or Friday of this week according to SPADA chief executive Penelope Borland:

“I also rang Equity today and said to them did they realise how grave this situation was and we need to resolve this and meet.  We’re hoping that we will hear from Equity what their issues have been and to work out a way forward. We’ve been wanting to meet with them for quite some time.”

She also urged the actor’s union to call off their boycott of “The Hobbit” production as the situation is now in the “11th Hour.” On the other side of the issue, in a statement on the Actors Equity New Zealand site, President Jennifer Ward-Lealand is calling for calm on the issue”

Over the last few weeks there has been a high level of interest and emotion in the issues surrounding the engagement of performers on the production. “We have chosen, in a deliberate decision, to avoid the media fray on this. Negative comments don’t serve the primary objective of seeing the production made in New Zealand.”

Communication is key in this situation and it looks like the wheels are turning for that to happen. The end of the week will hopefully bring good news from all sides of the issue. With all the news coming so fast and furious, don’t take your eyes off of for long! Thanks to message board member ranger123 for finding the article.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Make the Hobbit Happen, Philippa Boyens, The Hobbit

Peter Jackson speaks out on ‘Hobbit’

If you have glanced at TORn or even the internet this week you will have noticed the “Hobbit” news stories coming fast and furious from every corner. Peter Jackson has spoken about the collective of rumors and the current status of the two-part films. He spoke with EmpireOnline and made it clear that people are working hard, but nothing has officially happened yet. Jackson said:

We’ve seen these reports before, reports saying there was going to be a greenlight in a couple of days — well, a week’s gone by and there isn’t one. You can’t believe everything you read. There is only one thing you want to believe and that’s when the studio announces a greenlight. As far as I’m aware that’s not going to be today. I keep hearing positive things. Everyone’s working very hard. There’s a lot of people at Warner Bros. who are working around the clock trying to manoeuvre through the MGM complexities.

The rest of the article is really interesting with heavy Jackson quotes. You can read the rehash lots of places but why not go to the source?

It is clear from Jackson’s comments that the MGM situation remains sticky but that the will to get this picture in production is strong both on a studio level and from the Jackson camp. Not spoken of was the unsettled labor situation in New Zealand but it seems likely that dispute would also delay a greenlight but all parties seem to taking care of that issue behind the scenes and not in the press, likely so as not to give the NZ film industry a bad name internationally. The saga of the two-part film continues!

Posted in Director news, Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Make the Hobbit Happen, MGM, Peter Jackson, Studios, The Hobbit

Bankruptcy means MGM moving closer to ‘Hobbit’

While Peter Jackson and the actor’s unions have gone very quiet on their dispute, MGM is finally moving forward which is a great bit of progress for two planned films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”. The planned bankruptcy the venerable studio is seeking gives it leadership and the chance to put money into films instead of putting money towards interest payments. A headline with “bankruptcy” isn’t sexy, but it is good news for those wanting “Hobbit” films, especially when the word “planned” comes before it.
You can read about it from Forbes, Reuters, or the Associated Press.
And, unlike other news outlets that have promised not to write about the “Hobbit” films again until they write a review, we promise to bring you lots and lots and lots of news as often as possible!
For those not aware, MGM holds 50 percent of “The Hobbit” and its financial situation has stalled the film that has also faced several other significant hurdles.

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Make the Hobbit Happen, MGM, Production, Studios, The Hobbit

Infographic: The tortured 73-year history of The Hobbit film

Although the film version of The Lord of the Rings was a massive worldwide success, getting J.R.R. Tolkien’s prequel, The Hobbit, to the screen has proven much more difficult. With the rights finally sorted out after being tied up for years and a studio feud with Rings director Peter Jackson resolved, the project finally began moving forward in 2008—only to be stalled this year by the looming collapse of MGM, one of the two companies financing the production, should it fail to find a way out of its $4 billion debt. More..

Posted in Casting Rumors, Director Rumors, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Make the Hobbit Happen, MGM, Rumors Spy News, Studios, The Hobbit

More Gandalf Magic

From When The Diary’s Hobbiton correspondent, Steve Meacham, spoke to Sir Ian McKellen, he made sure to ask him about – what else? – the possibility of his reprising Gandalf in a film adaptation of The Hobbit. ”I’m waiting to hear when the Hobbit is going to be made,” McKellen said. ”We don’t know who is going to direct it. Peter Jackson is currently the producer and he’s currently casting it. I’ve just been to Wellington where I met a lot of people who have been working on it for a year now. The sets are being built. The costumes are being designed. The creatures are being designed. It is all ready to go. (more…)

Posted in Casting Rumors, Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Make the Hobbit Happen, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

Will MGM sell ‘Hobbit’ rights to Warner?

After the debtholders of MGM’s $3.7 billion extended its payment deadline for the fourth time (yes fans, that might mean more delays to the much pined-for “greenlight”) posts a story that says historic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio might sell off “The Hobbit” franchise and that Warner Bros. is interested in buying. James Bond is another of the studio’s potentially hot tickets that is also for sale. The whole story can be read here.

We have an alternative for the debtholders: Greenlight two “Hobbit” films already! Tell MGM to pony up its half of the production budget, trust the talent of Guillermo del Toro, the Middle-earth experience of Peter Jackson, the wizardry of Weta (you know, those one guys who made that fairly popular “Avatar” flick) hire the right cast and get cameras rolling! Since potential buyers are offering you pennies on the dollar, raise the value of the studio not by sitting around looking desperate but by making money. That goes for James Bond too.

Nobody at TORn claims to be a movie mogul but two “Hobbit” films represent $2 billion in box office at least. MGM’s share of that might take might ease some pain and give hope for the future. Ditto James Bond. -sigh-

Thanks to Ringer Spy Bidu for the spare eyeball.

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Make the Hobbit Happen, Studios, The Hobbit, WETA Workshop

MGM CEO Harry Sloan talks ‘Hobbit’ scored an interview with MGM CEO Harry Sloan after this mornings announcements. The biggest highlight is, “Is there any chance that Peter could direct the Hobbit sequel?”, which he answered with, “Well, he could direct either of them.”

MGM CEO Harry Sloan talks ‘Hobbit’

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Make the Hobbit Happen, The Hobbit


PJ Thumbs UpDecember 18, 2007




Los Angeles, CA (Tuesday, December 18, 2007) Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson; Harry Sloan, Chairman and CEO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM); Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs of New Line Cinema have jointly announced today that they have entered into the following series of agreements:

* MGM and New Line will co-finance and co-distribute two films, “The Hobbit” and a sequel to “The Hobbit.” New Line will distribute in North America and MGM will distribute internationally.

* Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh will serve as Executive Producers of two films based on “The Hobbit.” New Line will manage the production of the films, which will be shot simultaneously.

* Peter Jackson and New Line have settled all litigation relating to the “Lord of the Rings” (LOTR) Trilogy.


Posted in Fran Walsh, Headlines, Make the Hobbit Happen, Peter Jackson, PJ New Line, The Hobbit