Anybody who watched The Lord of the Rings “Appendices” that came with the extended editions of the films knows how meticulous and exact Peter Jackson is with the filmmaking process. He oversees every single element of the filmmaking process from the casting to the makeup to the construction of the chain mail that actors wear. When he has a budget and time, he can do excellent things.
That’s why I’m sure nobody is upset about the recent announcement that production for the upcoming LOTR prequel, The Hobbit, has been pushed back several months. The film, which Jackson is producing and Mexican auteur Guillermo Del Toro is directing, will start filming in summer of 2010 instead of the previously announced estimate of March 2010. In an interview, Jackson told German site MovieReporter.net that the script is almost done (as translated by TheOneRing.net):
Weâ€™re currentlyÂ working on the second script which we hope to haveÂ completed by theÂ end of this year or beginning ofÂ next.Â WhenÂ the scripts are completed, we can begin with the exact calculation of the necessary budget.Â We hope to start filming in the middle of next year.Â However, weâ€™veÂ receivedÂ no green light fromÂ the studio yet.
The Hobbit is going to be released as a two film epic with scheduled releases dates of December 2011 and 2012, respectively. There is no word yet on whether or not the delayed start of filming will affect the release date, but it is unlikely. There were two years of separation between the start of filming for The Lord of the Rings and the release of the first film. However, the process of filming two (or more) films at the same time is a process that has proven to work and we won’t hold anything against the Jackson/Del Toro team if they need to take their time to get it right.
The real question about the films production, however, does not concern time, but money. The film is being produced by MGM, a studio that is on the brink of bankruptcy and has put itself up for sale. New ownership may have different ideas for the upcoming franchise, but if they are smart they will give Jackson what he needs. The films already have a hugely bankable audience of fans of the LOTR films and they have the advantage of starting fresh so people who haven’t seen the originals won’t feel left out.
The Hobbit, Part I is scheduled for release in December of 2011.
The Hobbit, Part II is scheduled for release in December of 2012.
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