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Terminator 4 and The Hobbit in the works from MGM!

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September 10, 2006

The Hobbit

In an article on Variety today, they reported that MGM will have a number of very big $150-200 Million projects that would be in development over the next few years, including Terminator 4, The Hobbit, and a sequel to The Thomas Crown Affair. This strategy, called the tentpole strategy, is one that MGM is implementing in an attempt to recover from their 40-year slump.

Over the next few years, MGM is planning to release half a dozen films, some in the $150 million to $200 million-plus range. Studio is ready to unveil such high-profile projects as "Terminator 4"; one or two installments of "The Hobbit," which Sloan hopes will be directed by Peter Jackson; and a sequel to "The Thomas Crown Affair" with Pierce Brosnan.

It has already announced a "Pink Panther" sequel and the next 007 pic "Bond 22," due out in November 2008. "Rocky Balboa" unspools in February.

I'm personally a bit confused as to why The Hobbit is at MGM, and not New Line Cinema, but I guess that's the way purchases have gone. This news provides an interesting outlook on the upcoming few years of movies. Not only to finally see Arnold Schwarzenegger, who's been out of film for a couple years as the governor, come back and hopefully finish the Terminator series. In addition, The Hobbit, if done correctly, could top Lord of the Rings for being one of the most epic films ever.

Keep checking back with FirstShowing.net in the future for all the latest hype on these movies over the next few years!

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Reader Feedback - 15 Comments

1

It will be interesting to see how those pan out. If done correctly, these films could do a lot for MGM.

Roman on Sep 10, 2006

2

the book kicked ass way better than bored of the rings so i hope the movie is better!

jihodulator on Sep 11, 2006

3

Yes I'm not sure about MGM making The Hobbit... I daresay it doesnt make much difference

Oli on Sep 11, 2006

4

I have a LOT of faith in New Line though. Although they're far from the top earner out of all of the movie studios, they do a good job with what they have. I like their strategies. Snakes on a Plane is a bad example of an unfortunate "flop" but I still think New Line is one of the better distributors out there. That's why I'd wish The Hobbit was with them!

Alex on Sep 11, 2006

5

because the first pink panther remake wasn't horrible enough?

ugh on Sep 11, 2006

6

It IS true that the Pink Panther remake was horrible. I think it went out of theaters in about a week!

Alex on Sep 12, 2006

7

they're really running out of ideas now! but i'm glad to see they're going to remake the hobbit.

john on Sep 13, 2006

8

Surely there must be some writers left with some original ideas. Why must we be continually remaking films that were perfect first time around or just rehashing old ideas? If we play safe and pander to audiences too much cinema will die.

James in Cala Dor Palma de Mallorca on Sep 26, 2006

9

The Hobbit would be awesome if Peter Jackson directs , however he is currently working on several other projects and in an interview on AICN ( http://www.aintitcool.com/node/30085 ) mentioned that MGM has not yet called him about the idea.

gadget on Dec 10, 2006

10

i luv hobbit!!!!!! hi, i'm maddie, from london!!!!!!!! i luv tolkien's book!! c u soon!

maddie on May 26, 2007

11

For my part I love Terminator !

Terminator 4 on Aug 19, 2007

12

In my own personal opinion I think Peter Jackson did a good job with LOTR, with of course one exception. The last sequel had parts that were too drug out and the ending was rushed. It seemed he was trying to fill time with long drug out scrips between Frodo and Sam. Peter Jackson was the right man for LOTR but when I look back on the return of the king, he blew it. Hope he has had enuff time away for a fresh start on the hobit.

Jesse on Feb 27, 2008

13

Nwe Line has already announced a two-movie project to bring "The Hobbit" to the big screen, Tolkein Enterprises won't sell the rights to anyone else. MGM will not be allowed to make a hobbit movie. The Original team (From LOTR) will be working on this projest as well. (As reported by Elijah Woods) Can't wait to see how this works out. As for Terminator 4, can't wait! I've become a big fan of The Sara Connor Chronicles, so a final movie would be great.

BMC on Mar 13, 2008

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