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Hobbit movies news!

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May. 25th, 2008 | 02:54 am
mood: relieved

A full transcript of the online chat that Peter and Guillermo del Toro held to answer fan questions about the Hobbit movies. Links & interesting thoughts from ithiliana and sandelwood.

A quick summary:
  • they expect to shoot a lot on location and in New Zealand
  • hope to rebuild Hobbiton on the same location
  • Ian will "absolutely" return as Gandalf the Grey
  • they'll shoot both films in 2010
  • Release date for the first will be 2011 and the second 2012 (see ETA below)
  • Peter calls himself a Hobbit and Guillermo a Dwarf
  • they expect to use the same technical team
  • no news on Legolas's role
  • the story tone will be lighter at least for the Hobbit
  • the name "H2 Electric Boogaloo" has been rejected for the second movie ;-)
  • Ian Holm will be involved somehow
  • Peter sees The Hobbit as an Edwardian adventure tale set before the looming clouds of WWI
  • Guillermo says 'There can never be "too much Andy" [Serkis]'
  • Peter says they will "figure out what happens during that 60 years [between the Hobbit and LOTR]
  • and choose one short section of time to drop in and dramatise for the screen."
  • Guillermo intends to use all 13 dwarves
  • Peter says he doesn't want to go back and "compete against my own movies" so is not directing.
  • there will be a BluRay version of the LOTR trilogy, but not this year.</ili>


And the #1 question: Will the actors reprise their roles?

Guillermo: "Unequivocally, every single actor that originated a role in the Trilogy will be asked to participate and reprise it. If Health, availability or willigness become obstacles – and only in that case recasting would be considered."

Peter: "Like Guillermo says, apart from extreme circumstances, we would never recast a character who appeared in the LOTR trilogy. You can read The Hobbit and pretty much see which characters play a part. The unknown facter is Film Two, which we are still developing. If we wished to write one of the LOTR characters into the narrative of Film Two, we would only do that with that actors blessing, and willingess to take part. Otherwise we'd take the writing in another direction. "

Me: I read this as saying that the Elves could appear, but really very few of the Men and Hobbits would make it, even into the second film. They're just too young. The Hobbit events occur in 2940 of the Third Age, and LOTR in 3018. Aragorn, who was born in 2931, could show up. But Frodo wasn't born until 2968 and Boromir in 2978. Plus, the actors are all ten years older. I'm hoping that the ones whose characters aren't around will at least get to do minor roles. Ah well.

And Christopher Tolkien trying to terminate film rights to The Hobbit because New Line has been playing fast and loose with the accounting. Silly man. Royd Tolkien, OTOH, is a hottie.

matildabj points out that release dates are 2011 for the first one and 2012 for the second, and in fact there's a bit in the Q&A where some fan asks if they meant to use the 10-year-anniversary of LOTR, and Peter says, no but it's a clever idea.

ETA: caras_galadhon points out that the last bit is from Pete, not Guillermo, fixed.
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from: msilverstar
date: May. 31st, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
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I'm excited! I was deeply skeptical about the first film, but once I got over that, I learned to trust the New Zealand Cabal :-)

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