On The Hobbit Casting: Peter Jackson Says It's Still Too Early
You probably heard about the three actors who are in the running for The Hobbit sometime earlier this week. If not, jump over to the Hero Complex for the low down on the Bilbo Baggins casting. Everyone (myself included) thought this meant we might get an announcement at Comic-Con, as Peter Jackson himself will be there for District 9. However, Empire talked with Jackson and that might not be the case. "No, we won't be announcing Bilbo for a little while," Jackson says. "We're starting to think about casting, but we're knee-deep in the script right now… We're powering ahead with getting the first draft done."
Either he's just trying to keep it a very big secret or they really aren't going to be announcing anything, which is a bit unfortunate. Even Guillermo del Toro had said last month that they were close to figuring out who it would be. However, that casting rumor isn't the only Hobbit related news this week. Guardian (via SlashFilm) has an update on the lawsuit between the Tolkien estate and New Line Cinema. "Should the case go all the way to trial, we are confident that New Line will lose its rights to The Hobbit," said Bonnie Eskenazi, the lawyer working for the author's son, Christopher, and the family's charity, the Tolkien Trust.
Christopher Reuel Tolkien claims that they never received any of the (large sums of) money that New Line was supposed to pay them after J.R.R. Tolkien sold the rights to the trilogy in 1969. The case is due to be heard at the Los Angeles superior court in October. Didn't this already get resolved? I thought the reason they were moving forward with The Hobbit was because New Line had worked out all issues with everyone back in 2007? I actually wrote a piece about this case back in 2008, outlining the exact details. I just hope this doesn't become Watchmen all over again. We'll let you know if anything is revealed at Comic-Con!