Finally! The Hobbit Gets the Green Light with Peter Jackson Attached to Direct
Posted 10.16.10 by BrentJS
After months of rumor, speculation and downright bad news about The Hobbit, the planned two-part prequel to the LOTR trilogy, that included the loss of director Guillermo del Toro, a boycott of the production by a consortium of actors unions, and the declaration of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, LOTR fans can finally join hands and hum an Elvish song of thanks that the movie finally appears to be moving forward. In a statement released jointly by MGM co-CEO Steve Cooper, Warner Bros. President and COO Alan Horne, and New Line Cinema President and COO Toby Emmerich, it has been announced that The Hobbit has been greenlit and that LOTR trilogy director Peter Jackson will direct.
The release paid no homage to any of the setbacks that have plagued the movie and contained no small amount of hyperbolic praise for Jackson. Emmerich called Jackson "a filmmaker of incomparable ability, "a true original," and "a gifted story-teller," and said that it was a "dream come true" to have him directing, while Horn said that there was "no human being on the planet as qualified" to direct The Hobbit as Jackson. Jackson was quoted as saying that the opportunity to direct The Hobbit and explore the world of Middle-earth created by J.R.R. Tolkien "goes way beyond a normal film-making experience."
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.
Jackson will begin principal photography on the first The Hobbit movie in February 2011, and shoot both movies back-to-back in New Zealand in many of the same locations where the LOTR trilogy was shot. In addition to directing the movie, Jackson is producing and he also co-wrote the two screenplays with del Toro, Fran Walsh and co-producer Philippa Boyens.