The Hobbit is finally greenlit!

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Re: The Hobbit is finally greenlit!

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:47 pm

Two would have been good, but if there is a bit of a pre equal about Smeagol first I don't mind because its my favorite book in the saga, or there may be a bit of the Simarillion in there as well, but Jan would be the person to give an insight on this. :mrgreen:
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Re: The Hobbit is finally greenlit!

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:25 pm

Have only skim read the link article and a bit of the one referred to in that from ComicCon. :roll:

Thing is there is no 'book' to model the prequel/concurrent storyline to this which isn't just based on Appendices to Return of the King but also to other notes which are cobbled together in one of the later books in a series of 12 that make up the marathon called The History of Middle Earth which is is actually Christopher Tolkien's archive material of his father's notes going back to before his parents were married. So it's certainly more than 125 pages of manuscript notes which are exactly that and not even as polished as some of the sketchier parts of the Silmarillion.

The 'extra' film is partly from the LoTR appendices and the rest from the part of HoME, Vol 12 Peoples of Middle Earth and is a typical Tolkien 'arse about face' piece of backtracking :roll: as the LoTR piece was done first and fills in the bits of The Hobbit where Gandalf swans off leaving the dwarves up to their ears in Woodelves and Spiders and the latter was done afterwards, and before he started in on The Silmarillion in earnest that deals with what happens before The Hobbit when Gandalf discovers Thorin Oakenshield's (Richard Armitage) delirious and dying father in the Necromancer's dungeons and manages to liberate the map and secret key that sparks the whole adventure off.

So I imagine what's happened is that, because there's no book but plenty of notes and outlines knocking around, Mr & Mrs. Jackson have been embroidering long and hard on the 'not properly told' stories before the momentous party and then the parts that weren't dwelt upon at all in the several months in between Gandalf leaving the Dwarves and Bilbo on the western side of Mirkwood and then popping up again in time for the Battle of the Five Armies at the end of the Hobbit. Both add-ons are dark and ominous in that they deal with an 'about to go into his flaming eye phase' Sauron terrorising the southern parts of Mirkwood and generally making life hard for Galadriel and Celeborn over the river in Lothlorien and for Legolas' daddy in the north of Mirkwood. The Elven backstory's quite a potboiler as it brings up a load of bad blood involving Celeborn's and Thranduil's (Legolas dad) family and may throw some light on just why Legolas and Gimli hate each other's guts to start with... :P

In a way it's the story of power of the Elven Rings as well, as the battle that Gandalf (and his cousin Radagast) has with the Necromancer is largely one of power wielding by Galadriel, Elrond and the Wiz (as the 3 ring holders) and also the beginning of Saruman's treachery, so a lot potentially happens. It's certainly a much more adult-oriented tale with the earlier part with Thorin's father happening before Bilbo was only a very small and infantile hobbit :P

So maybe not quite Twilight or Deathly Hallows carve-up territory, but there's likely been a lot of extra and speculative footage kicking in so there should certainly be enough for 2 very long films - I guess we'll have to see how far they get in this first film come Xmas to gauge how much more they've got to mil... get through... :| :twisted:
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Re: The Hobbit is finally greenlit!

Postby Bouncy Castle » Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:05 pm

Hobbit Official Trailer #2.

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Re: The Hobbit is finally greenlit!

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:23 pm

Could have done without the 'pedigree' plugs but doesn't it look spiffy! :lol:
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Re: The Hobbit is finally greenlit!

Postby Del » Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:43 pm

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: The Hobbit is finally greenlit!

Postby Penfold » Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:34 pm

Martin Freeman so looks the part for Bilbo, an inspired bit of casting imo. :D
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Re: The Hobbit is finally greenlit!

Postby Bouncy Castle » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:51 pm

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/news ... obbit.html

Benedict Cumberbatch on Smaug appearance in The Hobbit.
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Re: The Hobbit is finally greenlit!

Postby Bouncy Castle » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:33 pm

From: BBC.


The first part of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy has been chosen for this year's 65th Royal Film Performance.

Based on the novel by JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit is set 60 years before the Lord Of The Rings, which Jackson also made into a trilogy of films.

The Hobbit's cast stars Sherlock's Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins.

Organisers of the performance said they are "thrilled" that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will have its Royal UK premiere in London on 12th December.

In An Unexpected Journey, Baggins attempts to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from Smaug, the dragon.

Sir Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, with Elijah Wood as Frodo and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.
'Unswerving support'

Also reprising their roles from The Lord of the Rings in The Hobbit are Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Christopher Lee as Saruman and Hugo Weaving as Elrond.

Anne Bennett, the president of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, said: "We are thrilled to be able to host the UK premiere of this highly anticipated first instalment of The Hobbit trilogy."

She added that the fund was "thankful" to Jackson and the companies behind the film for "providing this opportunity" and for the "unswerving support the Royal Family gives to our charity".

The Royal Film Performance is the main fundraiser for the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the trade charity for the UK film and television industries.

It provides care and financial help for industry employees and their families who suffer from hardship due to bereavement, illness, redundancy or other misfortunes.

The film will have its UK release in 3D and 2D in selected cinemas and Imax two days after the royal premiere on 14 December.

The second instalment - The Hobbit: There and Back Again - is due for release in December 2013.
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Re: The Hobbit is finally greenlit!

Postby Tonyblack » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:36 pm

Sir Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, with Elijah Wood as Frodo and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.
Did I read that correctly - that Elijah Wood was going to play Frodo in it? That can't be right, can it? :?
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Re: The Hobbit is finally greenlit!

Postby Bouncy Castle » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:40 pm

Apparently, yes:

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2011/01 ... he-hobbit/

BUT DON'T BLAME ME FOR SPOILERS in the article, as I wouldn't know a LoTR spoiler if it bit me on the bum.
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Re: The Hobbit is finally greenlit!

Postby Bouncy Castle » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:52 pm

And Peter Jackson wants to direct an episode of Doctor Who!

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/s7/docto ... ckson.html
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Re: The Hobbit is finally greenlit!

Postby pip » Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:03 pm

Tonyblack wrote:
Sir Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, with Elijah Wood as Frodo and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.
Did I read that correctly - that Elijah Wood was going to play Frodo in it? That can't be right, can it? :?

I assume from what i've heard that the film starts with him frodo and Bilbos book . The whole thing starts before Bilbos birthday party and then flashes back the 60 years .
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Re: The Hobbit is finally greenlit!

Postby Tonyblack » Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:12 pm

That makes sense at least. :)
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Re: The Hobbit is finally greenlit!

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:17 pm

So Frodo's the narrator in flashbacks :roll:

Well it's a good cinematic solution and the Red Book thing (the book Frodo writes after LoTR and before heading West) is certainly indisputable in canon so no real carps on that side of things. Be nice to see how good a job they make of rejuvenating Elijah Woods and Sean Astin (presumably) as they're supposedly very young adults indeed when Frodo first goes to live with Uncle Bilbo after his parents drown in a boating accident and first hears the story. But I suppose they're doing it from the book writing perspective so not much of a stretch there :|
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Re: The Hobbit is finally greenlit!

Postby Bouncy Castle » Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:26 am

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