Return of the Ring

I trust everyone has heard the wonderful news:

Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh will serve as Executive Producers of two films based on "The Hobbit."


The two "Hobbit" films - "The Hobbit" and its sequel – are scheduled to be shot simultaneously, with pre-production beginning as soon as possible. Principal photography is tentatively set for a 2009 start, with the intention of "The Hobbit" release slated for 2010 and its sequel the following year, in 2011.


ComicFanatic - Mick said...

I'm skeptic. As it stands Peter Jackson will only produce and not direct these films. I don't think anyone else can do them and have them partner with the LOTR like they should.

AliKat said...

Yeah, why isn't he set to direct the films too? I won't be happy until he signs on to direct them.

1031 said...

C'mon people. There was a really good chance the "Hobbit" movies were going to happen without any involvement from Peter Jackson. We should be considering it a gift that he's involved at all. And as executive producer, Jackson will undoubtedly hand pick the director as well as oversee every phase of production, from Weta's pre-production designs to final edit.

This is a good thing, especially considering the alternative.

ComicFanatic - Mick said...

Well maybe I don't have a good grasp of the situation, but it seems that if the studio was willing to make it without Jackson, it would already be in post production. They were in court a long time, I think the studio understood that the public backlash combined with the risk of using another director negativly weighed to much to try it without Jackson's involvement. Personaly, I would be happier if it was never made than having it made by someone other than Peter.

I know that he (or the studio on his behalf) says that he'll be heavily involved and whatnot, but he is producing and directing Tintin, and he is producing something else as well (I don't remember what). I'm thinking it's going to be a very pail shade of what it could be if jackson was in the directors chair.

Why don't they just put it on the back burner and make it in two years when Peter is done with his current obligations.

Sounds to me like they are paying him to "produce" simply so they can make the movie with his name on it.

That is just my take.

1031 said...

Well, how would you feel if, say, Sam Raimi took the reins as director, as is being reported? Spider-Man 3 aside, do you think he could adequately fill Jackson's shoes? (Not that Jackson actually wears shoes very often; I believe he spent the majority of his time filming LOTR barefoot, like a good hobbit.)

Sam Raimi directing, with Peter Jackson looking over his shoulder ... I dunno, I think I'd pay to see that movie.