Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' gets greenlight and release date
Monday 18 October 2010
After several delays due to its studio's financial dilemmas, an announcement was made by New Line, Warner Bros., and MGM that the much-anticipated
The Hobbit was greenlit and begins production in February 2011.
Currently there is a labor dispute between the producers and unions in New Zealand, including the acting guilds. The result may affect where the film will be shot, so five different locales are under consideration. Discussions are being facilitated by the government.
It was announced that Peter Jackson would direct since co-writer Guillermo del Toro quit the job, due to the delays. The story would be told in parts and in 3D.
Casting so far includes Andy Serkis ( The Lord of the Rings) returning to play the role of Gollum, and Sir Ian McKellen, who will wear Gandalf's robes again for his role as the wizard.
Martin Freeman ( The Office - UK version) is also seeking to win the coveted lead role of Bilbo Baggins.
Best known as "Doctor Who," Sylvester McCoy will look to play a wizard in The Hobbit. Speculation has McCoy possibly playing Radagast the Brown.
Other roles will be released upon casting and other news is available on the fansite
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