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Peter Jackson will direct ‘The Hobbit’ in two installments, three dimensions

October 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm by MrCere  - 

There is a green light at the end of a long tunnel for fans who have been waiting to take the cinematic journey back to Middle-earth. It was announced today by the studios involved that “The Hobbit,” film will shoot starting in February 2011 with Peter Jackson as its director, showing in two installments expect to hit theaters in December 2012 and 2013.
Jackson said in a press release from the studios:

“Exploring Tolkien’s Middle-earth goes way beyond a normal film-making experience. 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”.

Fans have been waiting for this announcement since the cultural phenomenon of Jackson’s first ground-breaking foray into Middle-earth, “Lord of the Rings” trilogy swept the Oscars with its final installment, “Return of the King,” in 2003. The New Zealand director was largely unknown internationally last century when New Line Cinema took a risk to finance three films based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien. He returns to the fabled setting as an accomplished and much sought-after director after an incredible amount of adversity preceded the start of the films.

According to the press release:

“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 release also specifies the way that the three studios involved will handle the production which promises to be massive:

“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 press release did not detail where the films will be made while Jackson’s home nation of New Zealand scrambles to resolve a labor dispute about actors’ compensation that prompted the studios involved to look at other potential locations. You can read the full text of the release right here.

Jackson’s special effects house, the award winning Weta co-founded with Academy Award winner Richard Taylor is expected to work on the films no matter what location is used but extras and other locals in New Zealand would be impacted if the production leaves the island nation.

Previous events or obstacles for “The Hobbit” include:
* “Make The Hobbit Happen” campaign and petition
* Peter Jackson vs. New Line Cinema lawsuit
* Tolkien Estate vs. New Line lawsuit
* MGM financial difficulties
* Director Guillermo del Toro leaves the production

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16 responses to “Peter Jackson will direct ‘The Hobbit’ in two installments, three dimensions”

  1. Finally! FINALLY!!! It’s too much to ask for Guillermo del Toro to come back, but hopefully they’ll get Martin Freeman to play Bilbo? *_*

  2. Gabriel says:

    Oh man! Its 1:00 here and i’m absolutely stunned! I was considering going to sleep right now but looking at this i don’t know if i’ll manage it at all! Finally!I don’t care who plays in it as long as its as fantastic as its predecessors!

  3. Jon Gorrie says:

    Great to hear they got he green light – looking forward to the films! 🙂

  4. Madmonk says:

    I don’t give a flip if it’s in 3D or not, but please, please do not leave out important characters like Beorn. Leaving out Tom Bombadill was a travesty.

  5. Madmonk says:

    I don’t give a flip if it’s in 3D or not, but please, please do not leave out important characters like Beorn. Leaving out Tom Bombadill was a travesty.

  6. Feryl says:

    This is YES. After all this waiting around, uncertain of whether the films would actually get made at all, we finally have an official green light and an incredible director at the helm.

    Awesome news.

  7. Anonymous says:

    So awesome!!!! Cant wait!

    Not liking that they are shooting it digitally, though. They should shoot it on film and do a great conversion so that their is continuity between The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit! Lets face it, digital looks like compete and utter crap compared to the beauty of film!

    Regardless, this is going to be amazing! So pumped!

    Great to have Peter in the directors chair….now I think we can all sleep at night!

  8. Baysacrazy says:

    NO 3D PLEASE! make the movie but NO 3D!

  9. 3D Sux! But everything else about this is definitely shaping up nicely!

  10. Anonymous says:

    WHAT? No it wasn’t. It was shot on 35mm film.

    In fact, if you want to get technical, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy shot over 6 million feet of 35mm film, which amounts to 1100 miles.

    Dude, you can tell which movies are shot on film, as opposed to digital, if you know what you are looking for. Digital movies have a harsh look to them, similar to a high end home video camera.
    Go back and watch Avatar and look at the scenes that are shot in the laboratory……the harsh blue light looks incredibly staged and the set “LOOKS” like a set. In layman’s terms, it’s because digital cameras dont process light in the same way that film does and it looks a lot more fake. It is often described that digital is reality, while film is what you imagine. That is a pretty accurate description!

    Another perfect example is the difference between The original Star Wars films vs. the (digitally shot) prequels…..episode II and episode III were digital.
    In fact, just compare episode I vs. episode II, huge difference and the look of Ep II is terrible! Both movies sucked but at least episode I had the beautiful look of film.
    Not only that but digital also enhances bad acting. Thats a fact.

    The point that I am making here is that the continuity will be entirely lost if shot on digital…….so I hope Peter Jackson rethinks this and decides to shoot on film with a post 3D conversion.

    But even if he doesn’t I’m sure the films……movies will be great! I’m excited either way!

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