When I first read about this I nearly wet myself…with excitement. Over the past year or two people having been wondering whether Peter Jackson would return to his Middle Earth roots and direct The Hobbit. The only thing stopping this wonderful event is a rather big legal battle between Jackson and New Line Cinema over profits for Fellowship Of The Ring. I don’t know the ins and out of it but something tells me they both didn’t expect the film to make $871 million worldwide, so Jackson wants what a bit of what he deserves…moneywise.
New Lines Bob Shaye went as far as saying ‘Jackson will never make any movie with New Line Cinema again while I’m still working for the company’. As time passed he eventually came to his senses and said ‘Notwithstanding our personal quarrels, I really respect and admire Peter and would love for him to be creatively involved in some way in ‘The Hobbit.’” Then Spiderman director Sam Raimi was rumoured to directing and gave his input on the situation.
Now, MarketSaw have been told by their sources that not only is Peter Jackson returning to direct, he is also breaking it into two movies, and both will be in 3D! But not only that, apparently Jackson and New Line plan to convert the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy into 3D and release them worldwide between 2012 and 2014!
I really want this to be true. Jackson is a fan of the new 3D technology, having had a trip to the set of James Cameron’s Avatar, and as a result he will be making a couple of Tin Tin movies with someone called Steven Spielberg. I will take this news lightly as nothing is confirmed and I do not wish to suffer severe depression for the next 5 years if it ends up to be only a rumour.
Here is a little of what MarketSaw’s source had to say:
“No casting info yet. But they are looking forward to bring back Sir Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and Hugo Weaving. For these 3 actors, the chances are really good.
I’m not sure about the release date, but I think 2010 for the first film, and 2011 for second, is what they are trying to get into everybodys calendar. So it would make sense with my information of following with the converted Trilogy in 2012 – 2014. That is all happening, but there must be said, that there is a possibility of +/- 1 to 2 years to the whole thing. If I get to know more, I try to tell ya.”