Sir Ian McKellen Gives an Update on The Hobbit & Magneto
It's always great to hear updates from Sir Ian McKellen on anything and everything. Empire just caught up with him at the San Sebastian Film Festival recently and asked him about two big projects: The Hobbit and X-Men Origins: Magneto. Before we get on to Hobbit, where he had more to say, McKellen said this about Magneto: “There's meant to be a Magneto script floating around, but I've not read it, so I suspect it wouldn't involve me." McKellen also joked that "they can't have someone whose face is as lined as mine any longer" since it'll focus on a young Magneto, as we already know. Let's move on to his other big project!
"The scripts for the two films will be delivered very soon," McKellen said about The Hobbit. "Then they'll be budgeted, and then they'll be cast. And they'll be going when they've always said they would be, which is next spring – March or April. Guillermo even told me at one point, 'We're going to film for 383 days.' He's got that artistic autism! Jackson's the same; they're very, very, very alike. They also very different, but they've so much in common. They both can't stand Hollywood and have wonderful imaginations, and they're both obsessed with gore and fantasy. Both of them laugh a great deal. Guillermo's one of the most brilliant men I've ever met. His English vocabulary is way superior to mine!”
We already knew last year even that McKellen would back as Gandalf, so that's not news, but it is great to hear that they're still pushing forward in hopes of starting the more-than-a-year-long shoot early next year. As far as we still know, MGM is struggling financially, and who knows if they'll get the funding they need to be able to make sure The Hobbit gets started on time. I can't tell you how happy I am knowing that McKellen is back as Gandalf and that Guillermo and Jackson have so much in common. Let's get this production under way, because I'm already getting anxious to see it even though it's not scheduled until late 2011!