Andy Serkis Talks ‘Hobbit’ Start Date

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:10 pm,

Andy Serkis has offered an update on the start date for The Hobbit – a two part prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Serkis, of course, is known for his incredible motion capture work as Gollum in the original films and will reprise his role in the upcoming prequels.

According to Serkis:

“[Filming] is probably not looking like it’s gonna happen till the end of the year-ish. That’s the latest I’ve heard, but I mean, you know, there’s no…You know, it’s a bit of a movable feast at the moment, really.”

The “end of the year-ish” start-date sounds about as concrete as all of the other Hobbit-related news lately – which is to say, not concrete at all. For a high-profile, guaranteed box-office smash, The Hobbit has seen more than its fair share of back and forth casting rumors, delays, and potential financial complications.

Serkis was admittedly self-deprecating about the wishy-washy timeline, “I’m really ashamed to say, I’m probably no better off than you are, because dates keep changing and all the rest of it.”

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When Collider pressed Serkis for details regarding the casting of Bilbo Baggins, it was clear that, though the actor might not be certain on the start date for shooting, he was clear on one thing – not to discuss Bilbo casting details.

Serkis politely declined to comment.

Delays and financial worries might be cause for concern – if we were talking about any film but The Hobbit. There’s certainly a lot of pressure on the filmmakers to match the box-office success of the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. I, for one, am glad to see them taking their time – in order to get it right.

That said, should the delays continue, they could affect the first film’s scheduled 2012 release – not to mention part two which, though it isn’t officially green-lit at this point, is supposed to arrive the following year (2013).

What do you think of all of the Hobbit delays? Who are you hoping will step in Bilbo’s shoes… I mean hairy prosthetics?

The Hobbit, pt. 1 is scheduled for a December 2012 release with The Hobbit, pt. 2 set to appear in 2013.

Source: Collider

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  1. Can’t wait for that!

  2. I don’t have any one actor in mind for Bilbo Baggins, but I do think he should be close to “middle-age” not a “young” actor, for if memeroy serves Bilbo was not a young man to start with in the series.

    till next time

  3. I am so sick of hearing about delays and start date updates.

    • I had intended to comment on your post but I have been delayed. My current start date to do so is in about 5 minutes… no, scratch that… looks like 2013 now.

  4. Not directed at you Ben, I just mean I wish they would give us, the fanbase some new information. Bilbo casting, dwarf casting, Beorn casting etc.

    • Agreed – It’s definitely time for some real answers.

      I suppose given the up and down, back and forth information that’s out there… it’s possible there just aren’t many answers to give. Maybe they jumped the gun on hyping the Hobbit films and should have waited to get the press ball rolling until things were a little more solid.

    • At least we’re getting vague updates like this one… they’re better than nothing at all.

  5. I see it from a different point of view. Management wouldn’t let on until the very last possible moment that business problems were going to effect production schedules. That’s why their’s so little news now. It smacks me of serious struggling to get past the bankruptcy hurdles and hang on to whatever they can. All you can do is wait it out and hope for the best.

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