July 19, 2010 by Chris Reynolds
Fan’s of this classic novel are waiting patiently for the arrival of its two part on-screen rendition. But within the last few months, trouble has arisen in the form of not-so-hobbit-sized speed bumps.
Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth) was seated as the film’s director by producer Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) pretty early on. Unfortunately not too long ago he had to back away from the project because he felt the potential six year commitment was too long. This retreat left Jackson an open chair, which he seems to have taken.
Hurdle two is a bit more paramount, or should I say MGM. Right now the company is bankrupt, it doesn’t really exist. This is a little bit of a problem considering they are one of the media companies involved with the project. And until they get back on their big hairy feet, the movie may be on a bit of a halt. Warner Brothers is also co-producing the film.
But despite all of these setbacks, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jackson is on a casting trip in L.A. and will be visiting New York and London as well.
This is good news, it is the movies first bit of progress that shows a step forward since the director drop and MGM bankruptcy.
The tentative release dates still read 2012 and 2013 according to theHobbit-movie.com, but tentative they certainly are. Although it appears drafted scripts of both parts of the movie are completed and casting seems to have started, the movies are clearly going to take a long time to make.
I will keep you posted when I hear more.