Ian McKellen recently took to his Twitter account (yes, Gandalf will be updating us in 140 characters or less from now on) to reassure fans that while Guillermo del Toro leaving The Hobbit is unfortunate, the films will still move ahead and that they are not to worry.
“Hobbit” sets are ready, script ready and movie is casting this month. Fans are not to worry.
The films will get made. I suspect we’ll start shooting at end of this year.
McKellen has recently been performing in the play Waiting for Godot in New Zealand so he has most likely dropped by Hobbit HQ for an update.
In the past McKellen said that filming would begin in March, and then he said June, so people have learned not to get too excited when he gives an update, although the actor is only passing on what he has been told. MGM has been given 5 deadline extensions on finding a buyer so it’s not so much that McKellen is misinformed, it’s just that things haven’t gone to plan.
The casting part sounds interesting. We’ve been hearing about a few actors auditioning for various roles over recent months, so maybe they’re having another go in the hope that the MGM situation is resolved by July (which is the company’s latest deadline). They’re probably auditioning a few directors too.