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Peter Jackson Says 'The Hobbit' Still Waiting for the Greenlight

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April 17, 2010
Source: Moviefone

Peter Jackson

I feel like every few weeks we write another story about The Hobbit being either delayed, or still on track for 2011, or something like that. It's always either ready to go sometime this year or suddenly delayed, but apparently none of this is true, at all. Peter Jackson spoke recently with Moviefone in what has become the story of this weekend because he gives them the definitive update on The Hobbit and its current status. Basically, they still haven't been given the greenlight because they're still waiting for MGM and finishing budgeting. Who knows how long that will take, so although they've turned in a script, they're still waiting.

Here's where Jackson says that pretty much everything we've heard about delays is pretty much BS so far.

"Well, it's not really been delayed, because we've never announced the date. I mean it's sort of interesting because the studio [MGM] has never greenlit The Hobbit, so therefore The Hobbit has never been officially announced as a 'go' project, nor have we ever announced a date. But there's so much interest that people -- newspapers and magazines, of their own account, say, ah, it's likely to film in May, it's likely to film in June, it's likely to film in September. People make this stuff up. And then if it's not filming in June, you get a story saying, 'The Hobbit's been delayed.' But it's never actually been announced."

So there's not much he can tell us about the production, but what can he actually confirm? Well, the script is done. "We've just delivered the script. Literally last week, we delivered the second of the two screenplays -- the first draft. So the studio's got both scripts now, which is a milestone; and if anything was holding it up, it was us doing the screenplays, because we'd just been writing as fast as we can, but it took us this long to get them finished." They're currently trying to work on budgeting and if they agree to the budget, they'll get a greenlight and announce shooting dates and so on. But here's the good news: "I'd be pretty optimistic that we'll be shooting before the end of the year. I would imagine October, November, we'd be shooting by."

Of course, that's not official, but if everything goes as planned, they'll be shooting by the end of the year. The question is, if they're supposed to shoot for more than a year, how will they finish the first movie by the end of 2011? Just doesn't seem possible, but you never know, they could pull off that kind of schedule. Anyway, head over to Moviefone to read a few more of Jackson's answers about casting, mainly that no actors have been "confirmed," although we just know Sir Ian McKellen will be back as Gandalf. We'll be sure to keep you updated on everything we hear about The Hobbit. I just hope there won't be more fake rumors that pop up.

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  • Xerxex
    is The Hobbit still being shot in 3-D? If I'm wrong please tell me!
  • Proudfoot
    I really hope this gets a green light soon but I don't want them to rush to finish the movie by 2011 or whatever. A good movie is worth waiting for. I'm still a little aprehensive about Del Toro directing it, but I hope Jackson will be able to keep it on track.
  • BigZero
    Not too worried. P Jackson and Guiellermo Toro are one of us. They'll do it right and make sure it gets done at all. Can't wait to see REAL wargs and goblins, not to mention ol' smaug.
  • jeffrey
    Fuck The Hobbit!! I'm dont with Middle Earth. Bring on Mortal Engines!!!!
  • Daniel Felts
    @4 agreed
  • sickdoghats
    all i said was who cares and it gets removed, stinking nazis.
  • The Man With No Name
    I just watched the 1977 animated version of The Hobbit and it was fantastic.
  • Xerxex
    #6 it was probably too short, add more to it!
  • AlphaZoooluZoolu
    @7 as talented as Jackson is, ever noticed how some of the shots on Jacksons LOTR matches up with Bakshi's '77 LOTR?
  • beavis
    at #4 and 5.........i imagine you are in a VERY small minority. and with all of the money the LotR movies made - i doubt that hollywood is done with middle earth. myself personally - i can't wait to see the "hobbit" movies.
  • Daniel Felts
    @10 most people will get tired of Middle Earth. Some people already are. It's best to move on before Middle Earth becomes crap. Which it will somehow.
  • The Man With No Name
    Yo AlphaZoooluZoolu: My thoughts exactly. Some parts are so similar that I had to make sure I wasn't watching a storyboard for Jackson's LOTR. I hope they don't do the same for The Hobbit.
  • Alex T.
    I gotta agree with Daiel Felts @ 11. People are tired of Middle Earth. In my opinion they've already waited too long to make this movie. Either way its doomed now. Either its gonna get rushed or they will take their time and do it right but no one will care because the general public is all ready over the LOTR franchise. They should have started preproduction right after the Return of the King if they wanted this to work.
  • Daniel Felts
    Thanks Alex T. Took the words right out of my mouth.
  • Hattori Hanzo
    I don't agree Alex. If people haven't grown tired of Star Wars, James Bond and Star Trek by now, Middle Earth has nothing to worry about .
  • ryderup
    I think the LOTR-universe and films are long lasting and people will be hyped as shit for this film. I myself don't really care, maybe I'll get hooked when the first trailer comes. But I would love to see McKellans gandalf one more time and all the camoes etc.
  • Sam Shadey
    Hattori Hanzo pretty well sums up my feelings on LOTR's and The Hobbit. Middle earth is timeless and with Jackson and Del Toro at the helm, millions of fans of of welcome The Hobbit no matter how long it takes.
  • casting couch
    The "people tired of Middle Earth" will be the first ones lining up to see The Hobbit.

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