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Is Guillermo Del Toro finally going to bring his Middle-earth to the fans?

When Amazon Studios first announced their big production deal last November for a Lord of the Rings television series, there was just one thing missing, a big name attached to the project. There was no Producer, Showrunner or even a Writer or team of Writers to indicate the direction these stories might take and give confidence to fans that Middle-earth would be in good hands. 

It has been confirmed that the Guillermo Del Toro has signed on with Amazon Studios, in conjunction with his Tequila Gang production company, to Executive Produce and write this iteration of Middle-earth. He brings with him his co-writer, Chuck Hogan from The Strain. Del Toro’s long time manager, Gary Ungar says that they have already begun identifying and sifting through possible stories that exist within the Appendices, separating out those that are more fleshed out in other Tolkien properties. Because the deal with the Tolkien Estate and Trust is still in flux, they are currently only looking at storylines they know won’t be a legal issue so they can get down to writing.  

During that time waiting for The Hobbit project to finally get going, Guillermo Del Toro spent nearly two years breaking down The Hobbit and working with pre-production designs for the story he was helping to craft. His visual style and ability to create wild and very unique looks was one of the reasons fans came to really anticipate Del Toro’s take on Middle-earth. We wanted to see what he would do with the Elves and Dwarves and even Men, and we especially wanted to see what he would have come up with for all the monsters. When he finally had to leave the project because it was dragging on too long waiting for a green light, fans felt a sense of loss and mourned The Hobbit that could have been. 

This is why Del Toro is perfect for this project. He already has a deep knowledge of the source material, including what can and can not be included legally, and he’s got designs that never got the see the light of day. Because Peter Jackson and WETA are not going to be involved in the Amazon Studios production, there is little reason to maintain strict adherence to the design motifs put in place for the various races. The only design features required are within Tolkien’s books, and beyond that, Del Toro will get to finally let loose with his own, distinct look and feel with very little constraint. What will his Numenor look like? Will we see a Northern Kingdom or meet a young Aragorn, as Thorongil, as he journey’s about Middle-earth learning the skills he will later need to become King?  

Amazon has already announced that it will be developing a Lord of the Rings series set before the events of the original films. The company reportedly spent $250 million to acquire the rights alone and, according to that same report, marketing and productions costs for two seasons could raise the investment to $500 million. It is still unclear if these stories will be told in a series of anthology like episodes or story arcs, or if there will be a much wider, more epic scope to the narrative. 

Amazon Studios will produce the series in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, book publishers HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema.

Posted in Amazon Studios, Amazon TV series, Creations, Director news, Fans, Fellowship of the Ring, Fool of a Took, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie Rumors, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, New Line Cinema, Return of the King, Rumors Spy News, Studios, Television, The Hobbit, The Two Towers, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Family

LOTR casting rumors put to rest

Sean Connery as Gandalf the White

Courtesy of moviepilot.com

If, like many of us, you heard about the making of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies before they even started production (and were old enough to read at the time, haha), you probably remember the good old days of endless debates and discussions around casting rumors! Was Sean Connery really considered to portray Gandalf? Was Sylvester McCoy considered for a role long before he brought Radagast to life in The Hobbit movies? This interesting article over at moviepilot.com puts a number of those rumors to rest.

Do you think Patrick Stewart would have made a good Gandalf? What about Jake Gyllenhaal as Frodo? If there are any rumors left over from the olden days that aren’t covered in this article, let us know in the comments section and we’ll see what we can find out. Read the full article here.

Posted in Director news, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Peter Jackson, Rumors Spy News, Rumours Spy News, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Big Hobbit movie spoilers from the Five Armies Chronicles art and design book!

Chronicles Ringer Thorin tells us that in Italy a retailer accidentally released the first artbook for “The Battle of the Five Armies” around a month before the official release date.

It’s been taken off the shelves now, but in the meantime a few keen ringers were able to get their hands on copies — and it is chock-full of big spoilers.

We’re not kidding: If you’d rather not know in advance some of the big things that are going to occur, you won’t want to read below! (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Something special set for the Wellington Hobbit premiere?

ROXY Cinema in Wellington, the Newly Restored Miramar Theatre (formerly Capitol Court) Ringer White Raven writes to us with this little snippet of some activity going on at the Roxy Theatre in Wellington where the NZ premiere of the Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will occur on December 2 at 8.30am. (more…)

Posted in Crew News, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Premieres, Production, Richard Taylor, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Wellington

The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies spoiler rumours are false

HBT3-fs-340682.DNG There are a number of wild rumours that have begun swirling about the Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

These all seem to emanate from an anonymous poster on the internet messageboard 4Chan who claims to have seen an almost final cut of the film. Considering that around 150 folks saw a rough cut with Peter Jackson in New Zealand just a week and a bit ago, some have assumed that it must be a fan contest winner. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Richard Armitage teases “whatreallyhappenstoThorin”

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES Richard Armitage has taken to his twitter account to drop some obscure allusions to the end of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies using the hashtag #whatreallyhappenstoThorin. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Richard Armitage, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Spies bring us teasers from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer

Galadriel and Gandalf at Dol Guldur.

Galadriel and Gandalf at Dol Guldur.

Crebain from Dunland bring us these little teasers of what we can expect from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer.

If you are waiting to see the trailer, be aware these are major trailer spoilers: do not read below. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Trailer

UPDATE: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies length

Peter-Jackson-Doctor-Who UPDATE: a little earlier we reported news from a previously reliable source about the length of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

The production tells us that our source is not correct in this instance. Sorry for getting your hopes up, folks. (more…)

Posted in Director news, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Signs point to November 6 for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies main trailer

10296565_667417219960553_4075720695665026947_n On the TORn messageboards, Ringer caglarkuraner reports some interesting news on when we might see the main trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

According to information from Norwegian film distributor SF Norway AS — Warner Bros. distributor in that country — the main trailer will be released on November 6. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Trailer

More on what to expect from The Hobbit 3 trailer

tumblr_mvwwq3Iay01sml467o4_1280 Our Russian friends at Henneth-annun.ru have some additional information about the long-awaited trailer for the final Hobbit film. (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Trailer

Spy says Peter Jackson has approved the next Hobbit trailer

Peter-Jackson-Doctor-Who A little earlier, a birdie landed on our mountain and informed us that Peter Jackson put his final approval on the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies just today. (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Trailer

Hobbit 3 fact sheet: everything we know about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Legolas_Bard So, what do we actually know about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies? This constantly expanding list is TORn’s — with the help of our eagle-eyed readers — attempt to document all our knowledge of film three (at least until we get inundated by post-trailer and SDCC marketing).

Naturally this post involves lots of SPOILERS. No holds barred, as they say. So, if you’re avoiding movie spoilers … I dunno, go read this amusing article about Ringwraiths. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: There and Back Again