More Mentions That Hobbit Might Be Delayed Until Late 2012

January 23, 2010
Source: Variety

The Hobbit

The continuing debacle of selling and restructuring MGM is one huge obstacle in the way of Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro's two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Previously, Jackson and Del Toro had confirmed that The Hobbit would still meet its December 2011 release date, but unfortunately MGM's woes have become their own. Buried deep in an article about New Line's restructuring and upcoming slate, Variety points out head honcho Alan Horn "won't predict when the first of the two 'Hobbit' films will be out, but says the most probable scenario would be a release in the fourth quarter of 2012." Uh oh!

At least there's some good news as the article also confirms that Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen will indeed make return appearances in The Hobbit as Smeagol and Gandalf the Grey respectively. But unfortunately we won't see them back in Middle Earth too soon because New Line shares financing rights with MGM, which bought the original rights in 1969. The complications arise because MGM could conceivably sell those rights as part of their restructuring. Still, once the script for the second film is in, New Line will work up a budget for both films and start casting soon. While it's still not official, it looks like we will be waiting until 2012.

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Damn I was really looking forward to seeing part 1 next year but that's life I guess.

Anti-Fox on Jan 23, 2010


Looks like I'll have to wait. As long as it's as good as LOTR then I'm happy. Hmmm, I may give the book a re-read soon.

Alan Beckett on Jan 23, 2010


Dont matter,as long as they do it right.

tir na nog on Jan 23, 2010


damn, this should have come out first.. o well i guess ill have to read the book again also, always liked it better anyway, just by a hair though..

harrison on Jan 23, 2010


who's J.R.R Toliken

marcus on Jan 23, 2010


@ #5, marcus, It's J.R.R. Tolkien's evil twin who likes to use seemingly misspelled names to bring out the most typical of Internet users so we might identify them. You might find this interesting. It's about you.

Ethan Anderton on Jan 23, 2010


I hope they sort this mess out soon with the rights for The Hobbet, and the MGM. Weather they are going to sell there half of the rights or not. 🙁

Cineprog on Jan 23, 2010


what a fucking suprise.

tobi,leader of the akatsuki on Jan 23, 2010


No Rush

People's Champ on Jan 23, 2010


I don't like this!!!!

Candy Castle on Jan 23, 2010


Hopefully it comes out before the Zombie Apocalypse!!!

guh on Jan 23, 2010


Better come out before Dec 2012 or else its pointless.

Vic on Jan 23, 2010


#12: That's what i was aiming at...

guh on Jan 23, 2010


nice one Anderton.

Xerxex on Jan 24, 2010

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