Earlier today it was reported that The Hobbit has received the greenlight and will begin filming in February. Now director Peter Jackson, Warner Bros president Alan Horn and New Line Cinema president Toby Emmerich have released a statement confirming the news.
“Exploring Tolkien’s Middle-earth goes way beyond a normal film making experience” Jackson said, “It’s an all-immersive journey into a very special place of imagination, beauty and drama.
“We’re looking forward to re-entering this wondrous world with Gandalf and Bilbo – and our friends at New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers and MGM”.
“There is no human being on the planet as qualified as Peter Jackson to direct these films,” said Warner Bros president Alan Horn.
“Peter is incredibly talented and has the creative vision and experience to bring this beloved property to life in a way that no other film-maker could.
And the team of Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens have proven through their work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy that no one is more skilled at transforming Tolkien’s written words into a vibrant, living language that makes the audience believe they are not merely visiting Middle Earth, but actually living in it.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled and look forward to seeing The Hobbit take shape under Peter’s stewardship and the team he is putting together.”
“Peter is a filmmaker of incomparable ability; having him return to Middle-earth to produce and direct is a dream come true. A true original, Jackson is a gifted story-teller, visionary director and pioneer in film technology,” said New Line Cinema president Toby Emmerich.
“Reuniting with Peter, Fran and Philippa on truly makes it feel like we are going ‘there and back again.’”
After years of delays it is finally happening! The current plan is to release the first Hobbit film in December 2012, and the second in 2013.