Gandalf Says The Hobbit’s Journey Begins January

Published 5 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 7:21 pm,

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It’s sad to see that the production of The Hobbit has suffered through so many obstacles, from delays to talent such as Guillermo del Toro dropping out of the project. With the love and success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it’s bewildering to see its prequels facing such difficulty getting off the ground.

Fortunately, Lord of the Rings mastermind Peter Jackson is still in charge of the project and he promised that Warner Bros. and bankrupt owner MGM are working out a deal and that (good) news about The Hobbit movies would be coming soon. Perhaps that good news puts an official greenlight on the project so it can begin shooting early next year – at least that would explain what Sir Ian McKellen said on Saturday…

According to the man who played Gandalf – and will hopefully do so again – production on The Hobbit movies is set to begin in January.

The quote comes from an off-kilter remark during a chat with The Bolton News about a documentary McKellen is currently shooting. He simply stated, “The aim is to start filming in January.”

Of course this entirely depends on whether or not MGM can secure financing to finally move the project forward. The next steps include the selection of a director and cast. As we heard recently, it’s a good possibility that Peter Jackson, currently executive producer, may again step into the director’s chair.

As for the cast, we can expect McKellen too reprise the fan-favorite role of the lovable wizard Gandalf while the current rumors point towards The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s Martin Freeman being in negotiations for the title role.

Hopefully, Gandalf the Grey speaks true and that Peter Jackson will have official news for fans soon about The Hobbit moving forward and them having confirmed a director. We’re coming up on a decade since the The Fellowship of the Ring hit theaters and that’s way too long for The Hobbit to be greenlit.

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Source: The Bolton News (via Coming Soon)

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  1. I just don’t see this happening, and January seems very optimistic. I’d love to see the Hobbit made, and Martin Freeman would be great as Bilbo.

    But the film has no director, no studio, no director, no official cast. The chances of all that changing in just a few months to begin shooting for nearly 2 years, slim to none.

    Del Toro leaving might have been a sign to leave it be.

    • this isnt even a glimmer of hope for me really :( unless i hear it from Peter himself, all hope is lost.

  2. @DrSamBeckett
    I’m afraid I agree, and it’s pretty sad considering the goodwill this project brings with it from fans of the original trilogy. I would also love to see what Martin Freeman could do with this.

    My main worry is Ian McKellan, I feel it would be really hard to have Gandalf be successfully played by anyone else. I think Sir Ian’s first love is the theater, and another extended shoot is something that must make him a wee bit hesitant. He’s not getting any younger, and the longer this drags on the less inclined I think he would be to commit himself to such a big project (again), even though I suspect he enjoyed the role tremendously.

    • I think you’re absolutely right there, he isnt a young man anymore and such a long shoot is taxing on anyone regardless of age.

  3. i hope it happens!!!! ;( ian neesd to be gandalf!! and alsoi think james mcavoy(spell check) should be bilbo he has the face for a hobbit :D

  4. Until I see Jackson and a director (if other than Jackson) and executives from Warner and MGM appear in a news conference announcing the greenlighting and lead casting, I won’t believe it.

  5. I want this to happen SO FRIGGIN’ BAD… But, like you, I dont think its gonna happen in a few months… even if they move super fast and they get a cast and crew, director, and studio to back them up… a few months sounds doubtful and optimistic, this is gonna be a let down for sure… They should have done this movie awhile ago, before all the bank problems happend, hate to agree, but no other options that i can see…

    • He’s 71, he’s not quite that old.

  6. Can’t wait

  7. Thanks Rob!! Now I have to watch the extended LOTR Trilogy this weekend..11 hours of cinematic bliss.. :)

  8. So much doubt in the comments, not unwarranted of course. Here’s one vote that it WILL happen, if not in January, then later on in 2011. Just watch.


  9. Here’s one more vote for the optimists club that The Hobbit will indeed happen! Remember what they said about the Lord of the Rings, ‘It’ll never happen’.

    Choose to believe, Choose joy!

  10. This website is as cool as Gandalf and belive me he is cool, just like eomer and Peter Jackson!!! yeah!!!