Gandalf Confident The Hobbit Will Start Filming This Year

Gandalf Confident The Hobbit Will Start Filming This Year

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Sir Ian McKellen, also known as Gandalf the Gray, believes that the second half of his year will involve hobbits.

Sir Ian McKellen is confident that work will begin on the beleaguered big screen adaptation of The Hobbit later this year. Speaking on the Fitzy, Claire and Jules radio show in Adelaide, Australia, while promoting his current play Waiting for Godot, McKellen said: "It's in production. The sets are ready, the script's ready and the movie is going to be cast this month. Fans are not to get worried. The films will get made and I suspect we'll start shooting the end of this year."

The Hobbit has hit a number of problems recently. Earlier this month, director Guillermo Del Toro bowed out, and MGM's current financial difficulties, the same ones that delayed the new James Bond movie indefinitely back in April, are preventing things from going forward. With all the difficulties the movie faces, the idea that filming will start in the next few months seems like a long shot.

It's also worth mentioning that Sir Ian has made predictions about when filming would start before, and keeps having to revise them. While I think most of us hope that he's right, it's probably best to see what happens over the next few months before getting our hopes up.

Source: Sci-Fi Wire

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Oh can we just have a good film of epic proportions? The last one I saw of such Calibre was Kick-Ass but I will need another one.

Calumon: The Hobbit doesn't deserve to be made into a film, but perhaps it would make a nice coaster for my drink!

This was a Quote from the recent YuGiOh episode I saw. I have nothing against the Hobbit. But don't get me started on those damn dirty elves! So mystical...my ass!

I hope filming starts soon but i don't want it to be rushed.
I loved the Hobbit and i don't want it to be ruined because it was rushed out to appease the fans.

I can be patient.

Jack and Calumon:
Oh can we just have a good film of epic proportions? The last one I saw of such Calibre was Kick-Ass but I will need another one.

Calumon: The Hobbit doesn't deserve to be made into a film, but perhaps it would make a nice coaster for my drink!

This was a Quote from the recent YuGiOh episode I saw. I have nothing against the Hobbit. But don't get me started on those damn dirty elves! So mystical...my ass!

Your going to use a movie film...as a coaster for your drink?
...again i say.
Cracka be trippin.

I just want this movie!! Stop pushing it back! This was my favorite book for the longest time and I'm sick of waiting!

JUST DON'T RUIN IT!

If they cancel the hobbit, I will... I will... I will do something bad. So they had better make this movie, or I'll do something bad

Filming is never late, nor is it early, it starts precisely when it means to.

It can take as long as it likes provided it's better than LOTR. That was shockingly awful and Peter Jackson should be punished for it.

I hope they get PJ to direct it now that Del Toro is gone.

what kinda drugs are you on? the LOTR films were fantastic (even if #3 was sorta cheesy) i'm assuming you haven't seen the extended versions, and if that is the case, your foul comment MIGHT be forgiven.

Serena Mckellan is just awesome. Bow to him.

NeedAUserName:
Filming is never late, nor is it early, it starts precisely when it means to.

Love it =]

OT: I'm looking forward to it. Jackson may be on board again for it, so it should be good.

NO! STOP!! ABORT! DO NOT PASS GO! DO NOT MAKE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!

It would be a BAD idea to make this movie!! As much as I would LOVE to a see a big-budget live-action The Hobbit, it would be a bad idea at this point. Think about it-- it would be successful because of the overall success of the LOTR trilogy. Yes, we geeks would go see it because we liked the book, but the general populace would go "Oh, more LOTR stuff! Awesome!" Think about the tone of the separate books. The Hobbit was more whimsical and other than Golem, very kid-friendly. The Lord of the Rings was a bitter-sweet epic and some of the darkest stuff you can ever hope to see in literature, which translated pretty well onto the big screen. Most people will be expecting more of that, so it will either be a jarring shift in tone at best, and having to darken the Hobbit at worst.

I just wanna see Smaug!

NeedAUserName:
Filming is never late, nor is it early, it starts precisely when it means to.

Ninja'd! Damn!
OK... how about this?
"I will take this movie forward... though I do not know the way."
No? No. Damn.

But I think this movie will either have to be like 'The Hobbit', a children's story, and dissapoint the people who saw the movie but aren't proper fans of the books, or will have to become dark and piercing like the LotR books to meet the expectations of the movie fans who only know the Tolkien books as such and dissapoint those who hope it holds true to the books. Still, I'm looking forward to it :)

EDIT: i just realised I was ninja'd on that bit to. Nevermind.

Lets hope tjhey can get the budget together for it soon...I really want to see what they can make of it

I would not mind if George Lucas purchased The Hobbit rights from MGM so that he could let Peter Jackson direct The Hobbit. I understand MGM is in a financial crisis but sooner or later they need to resolve the crisis and let Jackson make The Hobbit.

Seeing how much attention LOTR was and is still getting, I was wondering when The Hobbit was finally gonna get the attention it deserves.

GameGoddess101:
NO! STOP!! ABORT! DO NOT PASS GO! DO NOT MAKE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!

It would be a BAD idea to make this movie!! As much as I would LOVE to a see a big-budget live-action The Hobbit, it would be a bad idea at this point. Think about it-- it would be successful because of the overall success of the LOTR trilogy. Yes, we geeks would go see it because we liked the book, but the general populace would go "Oh, more LOTR stuff! Awesome!" Think about the tone of the separate books. The Hobbit was more whimsical and other than Golem, very kid-friendly. The Lord of the Rings was a bitter-sweet epic and some of the darkest stuff you can ever hope to see in literature, which translated pretty well onto the big screen. Most people will be expecting more of that, so it will either be a jarring shift in tone at best, and having to darken the Hobbit at worst.

Being capture beneath a mountain by Goblins that want to eat you, fighting a dragon that torches half the village, being held prisoner by elves, giant spiders trying to liquify and eat your freinds...

Hobbit had plenty of dark. It was more of a smaller, focused adventure then an "everybody's screwed!" epic.

Gandalf has spoken.

His will is the world's command. So I am not afraid anymore.

I think that Sir Ian is just trying to keep the peace and make sure fans are still excited about the movie. I can respect that. That he's putting his own reputation on the line to assure us that things are going well in spite of everything and that we'll be watching some cool new stuff sometime in the near future is just the kind of news I like to hear. :D

 

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