The Power of The One Ring: The Hobbit's Petition Has Done Well!
by Alex Billington
October 9, 2006
After the announcement just a few weeks back that MGM and New Line together have put the green light on The Hobbit movie, a whole bunch (actually around 50,000) of concerned fans decided to start an online petition for the movie. Massive Tolkien / Lord of the Rings fansite TheOneRing.net coordinated the petition and gained 39,116 signatures before sending it off, along with their open letter, to MGM / New Line. Their request was largely for Peter Jackson, WETA, Sir Ian McKellen, and Andy Serkis to all be signed for the movie. And remarkably, it was nearly successful!
Over the weekend TheOneRing.net posted a letter that they had received back from MGM stating the following:
"Dear organizers of The Hobbit Petition:
We would like to give you the official statement from Rick Sands, COO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. Feel free to pass this along to your members and affiliated web sites. Thank you and please see below:
"Peter Jackson's phenomenal success with The Lord of the Rings trilogy makes him the first and most ideal choice for directing The Hobbit," said MGM COO Rick Sands. "MGM would be thrilled to collaborate with the Academy Award-winning director on this MGM New Line Cinema production. And, I'm sure to the delight of the 50,000 filmgoers who have petitioned us in recent weeks, demanding we bring this film to fruition, we have had a few initial conversations about the project with Mr. Jackson's representatives."
Manager of Public Relations
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc."
I've got to give it to them, those die-hard Hobbit / Lord of the Rings fans can really kick some ass. This is good news, especially since anyone in the right mind (myself included) agrees with them and their request for Peter Jackson, WETA, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis. I think we're all tired of the horrible sequels and remakes Hollywood is putting out and no one wants to see The Hobbit (given both the success of the Lord of the Rings movies as well as the beloved nature of the story even more so than Lord of the Rings) get butchered by Hollywood, and to start, Peter Jackson, WETA, Ian McKellen, and Andy Serkis as essentials to make it happen correctly.
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