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Jackson produces The Hobbit I and II

TheHobbit.jpgFinally 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?



First, we need a script.

Oh they won't be having a problem to write a script alright. I am quite sure the tried and tested triumvirate of Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens can come up with something great. And I meant that with all the sarcasm I can muster.

Well I meant more that there's a writer's strike on, and that's the first delay.

Then there's the Directors possible strike, and then the Screen Actors...

Oh good, so it might not even get done after all!

Again, the sarcasm.

forgive me if i'm wrong, but couldn't Mr J shop around for a writer from his homeland who isn't involved in the strike?
I'm not so clear on what the strike means, how widespread it's effects are, etc. it seems to me there should be SOME writers out there dying to jump up and take advantage of their colleague's artistic silence. but that's just me, and i've been known to be ignorant of such things.

at any rate, i'm overjoyed to see that this is happening. and i do think i predicted such about 2 years ago on another movie site we both remember. :)

executive production...hmmmmm does it ever mean more than "i gave them some cash and said go with it?" what exactly DOES this mean? and is there any chance whatsoever of him deciding to direct?

so many questions running through my mind

Doesn't look like a chance that he's going to direct, I think we'll find out in time that this is perhaps part of the make-up deal.

Yeah, feasibly a studio could go to another country for a writer, there's nothing stopping them doing that.

However I think they'll be looking for proven Hollywood talent and I do believe there will be some contractual issues to story out as the writer won't be covered by standard WGA terms and conditions.

I think it would make it difficult for all concerned, but not impossible - bear in mind I don't know all the ins and outs of this side of things.

Good on the prediction, bad on the choice of site! ;)

Executive Producer is one of those mean anything titles. It can mean anything from a way to give someone a little extra credit and an income stream separate to their existing, i.e. for accounting purposes the actor's salary is X but with an Executive Producer role they can get Y and a percentage return, etc.

Then it can mean getting involved in everything about the pre-production, that is until the Director takes control, and even then you'll still be carrying ultimate sway.

I suspect he'll be running closer to the second, but with someone else there to keep the studio reigns on him.

Mogulus says, I do think i predicted such about 2 years ago on another movie site we both remember. :)

Richard says, Good on the prediction, bad on the choice of site! ;)

You two are funny, stirring the pot are we? I knew men are just as bad! :P

Correct me if I am wrong but should'nt anybody wanting to write in Hollywood should be a part of the Writer's Guild before they can do so?

I thought it worked like Unions here, you don't have to be part of them if the hiring company doesn't mind. Like my work you can be in or out of the union, it doesn't matter and isn't something that's asked.

However in Hollywood I think the exclusive deal between the Writers and Producers means otherwise, and at the moment there is no deal, the contract is over.


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