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Guillermo Addresses Hobbit Concerns, Nothing to Worry About

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December 12, 2009
Source: TheOneRing.net

Guillermo del Toro / The Hobbit

Another update on The Hobbit? Yes, but this time the update comes from Guillermo del Toro himself on TheOneRing.net. The head honcho addressed some issues that have popped up recently regarding The Hobbit. He first talks about certain actors returning, only because some have said that Andy Serkis might not be back (don't worry, he will be). He also addresses the greenlight concern that we actually wrote about as well. Peter Jackson said recently that they don't have a greenlight (from New Line Cinema yet) and del Toro explains why that's not really as big of an issue as we're making it out to be. There's more, so read on!

A) About ONLY 3 actors returning: I think the emphasis on "only" is what slant the news the wrong way. I cannot imagine Gollum being played by anyone but Andy and in the second script there is still much in discussion to lock everything for now. Both PJ and I chime in on things "as they are at the moment" and, of course, things change…

B) The target for production. Its simple: we may say what we want but until there are two scripts delivered and budgets and schedules to support them we will be all under a yellow light of development. THAT we have not stopped. As I have reported in the past, we are scouting, designing (my last 3 hour meeting with Weta was this morning) and will not stop. BUT the greenlight and thus commencement can only be granted by the studio. Pete as producer and me as director will do everything we can in the meantime.

C) Is there any trouble brewing with WB? Not at all. All I can say is that they reacted to our delivered script with great delight and we have been receiving strong support in our development.

Smaug is being animation tested, we are editing the previs, doing final selections on Dwarven War Artifacts and Gear and starting many fabrication tests for armies, prosthetics and wardrobes, etc

I just love that Guillermo keeps fans updated like this all the time. It's amazing to know that the director is more than happy to address concerns and make sure everyone knows the latest on the movie. I mean, how often does that really happen? Anyway, it's good to know that there's really nothing to worry about and it's not being delayed and so on. I'm sure I'm not the only one who is now just waiting patiently to see this start shooting so we can finally get excited about it hitting theaters in 2011. And a few weeks ago Peter Jackson confirmed that they have started casting so maybe we'll know who is playing Bilbo Baggins soon as well?

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  • Xerxex
    well I'm not too worried about any delays, its in early production and it will arrive soon, I think most of us here are able to wait, patience is what we all need, Del Toro knows what he's doing.
  • Moviewatcher
    This movie will be filmed in 3-D. Guarunteed!!! Yep you heard it here first folks. THe Hobbit will be in 3-D!!
  • whomever
    Guillermo is the best guy in the movies. What a sweet dude.
  • Corran Horn
    @2: Given Peter and Guillermo's own statements on the subject, I can say that you're just making that up. Like xerxex, I'm not too concerned about any delays either. I figured the reason there wasn't a greenlight yet was because the script for part 2 wasn't done, and that turned out to be the case. When the comment was given about only 3 cast members returning, I had a feeling that they were referring more to part 1 (which would include Gandalf, Elrond, and Gollum) and therefore the only cast members likely to return would be Ian, Andy, and Hugo. As for casting, my hope for Bilbo remains James McAvoy, but I would be fine with whomever PJ and GDT choose.
  • Robbie
    Cool update. I still think (and hope) that James McAvoy will play Bilbo =)
  • Tomi
    Generally I have nothing against 3D but I really really really hope these movies wont be in 3D.
  • William S.
    Anyone but McAvoy! My gosh, please, not McAvoy! ... I suggest Martin Freeman.
  • samuel j
    please dont make this in 3D

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