Has The Hobbit Been Delayed Until 2012?

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hobbit Has The Hobbit Been Delayed Until 2012?

Maybe it’s the economic climate, or maybe it’s because there’s just more creative divergence in Hollywood between the studio chiefs and filmmakers, but it looks like even sure things like franchise pictures are no longer a certainty. With Spider-Man getting the reboot treatment and Paul Greengrass ditching the Bourne series (along with star Matt Damon) the ever-reliable Hollywood mantra of  “making a sequel” seems to be waning. Now it looks like Guillermo Del Toro’s two-part adaptation of The Hobbit is set to be delayed until the “fourth quarter of 2012.”

Toby Emmerich, the head of New Line Cinema, one of the studios behind The Hobbit (along with MGM) and Warner Bro big cheese Alan Horn spoke about the company and where the Lord of the Rings prequels sit on its corporate structure.

With regards to the pre-production of The Hobbit, Emmerich said:

“It’s similar [to The Lord of The Rings], though this is more expensive and much more of a known entity. It’s a big bet for us. But it’s one we think will pay off given the success of Lord of the Rings. This is one of the few movies it feels like people are waiting for.”

New Line Cinema was once an independent branch of Time-Warner, but when the studio had a string of major duds following the Peter Jackson helmed Oscar-winning franchise, it was folded into Warner Bros as a production shingle making around six films a year. Now, after a series of hit films New Line appears to be getting back up on its feet.

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Warner Bros head Alan Horn seems happy with the new, New Line. Horn said:

“We are feeling pretty good about our relationship with these guys. The proof is in the pudding, and the pudding tastes pretty good. They have their own sensibilities, and it gives us a diversified slate. This is very much a collaborative partnership so that if Toby wants to do a film it’s a long way down the road toward getting a greenlight.”

Horn however, indicated to Variety that the first Hobbit film would probably open in the fourth quarter of 2012 – about 11 years after The Fellowship of the Ring. Now, while it doesn’t indicate that the film is in trouble, it may mean that the film is being slowed down due to partner MGM’s sale – much like the next James Bond film.

It was believed that the film would open in 2011 – a decade after Frodo and friends went on their fellowship, and it’s believed that the film would be shooting in the coming months.

It could be that Horn meant that the second Hobbit film would open in 2012 and Variety misconstrued his words, or it could be that Del Toro needs more post production time on the film. At this point, it’s uncertain.

However, the question that has to be asked is: Will mainstream audiences still be interested in JRR Tolkien’s world a decade after it first hit the screens?

Source: Variety

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  1. “However, the question that has to be asked is: Will mainstream audiences still be interested in JRR Tolkien’s world a decade after it first hit the screens?”

    The answer to this, I think, is a 100% YES. Having said that, this adaptation should have been in the can five years ago. Talk about not capitalizing on a sure thing! I'm fine with them taking time to get it right, but this is getting ridiculous. LOTR is so fresh in my memory, it feels like yesterday those films came out. NOTHING has been able to match the quality of those films since, IMHO.

  2. Are you guys just trying to drum up something to talk about, or is there really something to it? Because I went back and re-read the above article and I don't see where you're getting this whole delayed nonsense from. Maybe I need to read the Variety article, but if he said that the film would debut in the FIRST quarter of 2012, then that's not far off the mark of the original December 2011 tentative release date that was reported about a month ago.

    What am I missing here?

  3. I cant wait for this film.

    For me the perfect cast would be:

    Ian McKellen- Gandalf
    Andy Serkis- Gollum
    Michael Sheen- Bilbo Baggins
    Bruce Payne-Thorin Oakenshield
    Hugo Weaving- Elrond
    Timothy Dalton- Thranduil
    Doug Jones- Beorn
    David Tennant- Balin
    David Morrisey-Dwalin
    Dean Andrews- Bombur
    John Simm- Bard the Bowman
    Malcolm McDowell (voice of) – Smaug
    Alfred Molina- Troll 1
    Ray Winstone- Troll 2
    David Warner-Troll 3

  4. Return of the King was one of the highest grossing films of all time. I think the LOTR movies were gaining wider audiences as they continued. With Ian returning, I don't think The Hobbit will have a problem getting large audiences to the theaters.


  5. They can release these movies 10 years from now and they will still be eagerly awaited. The Hobbit is such an enduring piece of literature that it will always be popular. I, for one, am eagerly awaiting this film. I loved all of the LOTR movies and I have no doubt that these Hobbit films will be just as amazing….if not moreso. If it takes an extra year to get them right, so be it.

  6. Just take the time you need in order to have it right. Maybe they're delaying it because Tintin is coming out in Dec 2011 too, so I guess Jackson wouldn't want to have both films competing since he's working on them with Spielberg and del Toro.

  7. Let's hope Ian McKellen doesn't die before then.

  8. Tolkien's epic stores will live on just as other great literature has. It seems unbelievable that so much time has passed since Fellowship came out on film. The series does play quite a bit on cable though. That keeps it in the public consciousness. It's a pity that “The Silmarillion” kind of got the best of the elder Tolkien. Typically a goal as epic as putting it a-right would have kept a person going long enough to finish it. Naturally his son's efforts to finish it have met controversy but may be a decade after the “Hobbit” is out on film someone will do a descent film treatment for “The Silmarillion.”

  9. I'd imagine they're having problems with the script. The Hobbit just doesn't translate to film as well as the LotR. There's really not a lot of action and there are long periods of inactivity. The patterns seems to be to go somewhere, get stuck, wait several weeks and get bailed out. They repeat this about 3 or 4 times in the book. How to link those segments together and not make the movie boring or slow is a hard thing to do. I think it's the opposite of LotR where you had to figure what to leave out. The Hobbit's more how I do make this into a modern movie.

  10. Why wouldn't they ?….they waited for StarWars ….when the Hobbit hits theaters it will be an overwhelming hit….I just hope Del Toro changes his mind and uses 3d cameras to shoot the movie

  11. How exactly is The Hobbit going to more expensive than LOTR, which was 3 movies not 2?

    This is a guranteed money maker, and there are not very many of those, this is a movie that has a prebuilt audience of millions, delaying it is ridiculous; Unless it is an issue of getting the script right and the casting right, it is impossible for this to be a money issue.

  12. Michael Sheen- Bilbo Baggins
    Ian McKellen- Gandalf
    Andy Serkis- Gollum
    Brian Cox-Thorin Oakenshield
    Hugo Weaving- Elrond
    Doug Jones- Thranduil
    Ron Perlman- Beorn
    Brian Blessed-Gloin
    Malcolm McDowell- Balin
    David Morrisey-Drogo
    Michael Ironside-Dwalin
    Paul McGann- Bombur
    John Simm-Fili
    Marc Warren-Kili
    Pete Postlethwaite-Alfrid
    Derek Jacobi-The Mayor
    Rhona Mitra-Itaril
    Lena Headey-Primula
    Ian McShane- Bard the Bowman
    Bruce Payne (voice of) – Smaug
    Alfred Molina- Troll 1
    Ray Winstone- Troll 2
    Richard E Grant-Troll 3
    David Warner-Radagast

  13. This may be one of the dumbest disaster films ever made, but they sure do blow up things real good.

  14. This may be one of the dumbest disaster films ever made, but they sure do blow up things real good.