Peter Jackson Confirms The Hobbit Will Still Be Out in 2011
Phew! Nearly a week ago, a news story starting spreading quickly around the web about The Hobbit. In it, producer Peter Jackson had been quoted as saying that they had to push back the start of filming from April to June of next year. While we didn't make this claim, other sites started reporting that the movie had been delayed and that it wouldn't be able to make its 2011 release date because shooting would take so long. Well, not according to Jackson himself. Collider talked with PJ at a recent press event for The Lovely Bones and confirmed that it's still on target for a December, 2011 release. So don't get worried about a delay yet.
"Nothing has changed as far as I am concerned. Somebody wrote something on the internet and a lot of nonsense happened. You don't want to believe everything you read on the internet. We were due to deliver the scripts and be shooting sometime around April and now I think I said in an interview we were shooting in June. And somehow people are now saying the film is delayed. As far as I am aware, they are not delayed at all. I am not even sure when we are going to start shooting… we are delivering the scripts just after Christmas. They'll be finished and we'll be shooting as soon as we possibly can. But you need a certain amount of time to finish the pre-production."
Jackson was then asked if he believes The Hobbit will still be in theaters by December of 2011. "At this stage, that is certainly the plan. Yeah." You heard it straight from Peter Jackson himself - The Hobbit's release has not been delayed. So don't believe what other sites may be saying, they're still on track to have it in theaters in 24 months. That may seem like a long time, but I'm sure it'll be here sooner than you know it. And while we wait, how about they finally put out Lord of the Rings on Blu-Ray? "I believe it is scheduled for sometime next year… They sent it to me to approve and I looked at the film and it looks fantastic on Blu-Ray." Sweet!