Jackson produces The Hobbit I and II
Finally the toys are back in the appropriate perambulators and Peter Jackson and New Line are once again speaking, after all they have another Lord of the Rings court case to contend with, and that now means The Hobbit is a go.
However Peter Jackson is not directing. Oh no, he'll be Executive Producing and a new Director is being sought.
In a statement this afternoon he said:
“I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to put our differences behind us, so that we may begin a new chapter with our old friends at New Line. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ is a legacy we proudly share with Bob and Michael, and together, we share that legacy with millions of loyal fans all over the world. We are delighted to continue our journey through Middle Earth. I also want to thank Harry Sloan and our new friends at MGM for helping us find the common ground necessary to continue that journey.”
Meanwhile Bob Shaye of New Line said the following, showing that all animosity is out the door:
“We are very pleased we have been able to resolve our differences, and that Peter and Fran will be actively and creatively involved with ‘The Hobbit’ movies. We know they will bring the same passion, care and talent to these films that they so ably accomplished with ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy.”
The news comes from the new official Hobbit Blog through Empire, where they reveal that two Hobbit films will be shot simultaneously and are set for a start in 2009 with releases in 2010 and 2011. Those dates still seem so far off, and yet they're so close.
Perspective people though. Yes things have started rolling and MGM, New Line and Peter Jackson are on the case, but like Bilbo, there's a long road to travel. First, we need a script.
More news as it happens, and The Hobbit Blog is being added to the Filmstalker Feed List as I type.
The good news though is that the film is happening and that we're getting two films out of the one story. With Peter Jackson Executive Producing we're sure to get the same passion out of the project, but how will it look, and what Director? Sam Raimi anyone?