Ian McKellen will reprise his role as Gandalf in Guillermo del Toro's Hobbit prequels.
The actor confirmed the role when he told Brit movie mag Empire that he "loved playing Gandalf" and "It's not a role you turn down." He went on to say that he was offered the part in the very room where Peter Jackson offered him the part for the first trilogy.
The Hobbit will be based on the original Tolkien book and is slated for release in 2010. The second Hobbit movie will be an original story covering the period between the Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring. Posted 05.01.08 by reelz
After months and months of speculation, it's finally been confirmed that Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro has officially signed on to direct both The Hobbit and its as-yet-untitled sequel. Variety reports that del Toro, currently hard at work putting the finishing touches on Hellboy II: The Golden Army, will soon be packing up his belongings and moving to New Zealand, where he'll spend the next four years making the films with the help of Lord of the Rings demigod Peter Jackson and his WETA wizards.
The recent announcement throws one heck of a monkey wrench into del Toro's already packed schedule of upcoming projects, including a possible third Hellboy movie. Somehow I think the fanboys will find a way to forgive him.
Source: Variety Posted 04.24.08 by reelz
After the runaway success of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, not everyone is happy in the Hobbit kingdom.
J.R.R. Tolkien's estate filed suit against New Line today claiming that the studio failed to pay a gross profit participation for the trilogy, which grossed nearly $6 billion worldwide. The Tolkien Trust, a British charity that manages Tolkien's estate, seeks $150 million in compensatory, punitive damages and a declaration from the courts that would allow the group to terminate future Tolkien-based projects by New Line, including the long-rumored Hobbit project. Posted 02.11.08 by reelz
Lord of the Rings geeks have reason to rejoice this morning. According to the The Hollywood Reporter, fanboy favorite Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) is currently in talks to direct the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit, based on LotR author J.R.R. Tolkien's follow-up to his acclaimed fantasy trilogy. It's a welcome development for Tolkien aficionados, the majority of whom would likely list del Toro as their second choice to helm The Hobbit after LotR director Peter Jackson, who has opted for Executive Producing duties on the highly anticipated pair of films.
Del Toro is currently hard at work putting the finishing touches on Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, which opens July 11, 2008. Posted 01.28.08 by reelz