Production on “The Hobbit” to Begin in March

2/08/2011 Posted by Admin

Production on “The Hobbit” to Begin in March

Movie News

By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto

Although there’ve been so many delays to this project over the past couple of years that fans could be forgiven for assuming that it would never get off the ground, The Hollywood Reporter says that “The Hobbit” will finally begin filming on March 21. Of this year, in fact (by this point we have to specify).

The film, which will be broken up into two installments, has been in and out of development hell for a while now. Peter Jackson will be returning as director, but that was not always the plan. After spending a large part of his career bringing Middle Earth to the big screen, Jackson wanted (blamelessly) to focus his talents on other projects, and so he took on the role of producer while handing the reigns over to Guillermo del Toro. However, del Toro is also a busy man, and when more than a year passed by without the project getting the official green-light due to MGM’s financial struggles, he had to step away from the film.

However, most fans would have wanted Jackson in the director’s chair anyway, if only to provide a visual continuity for the films. With word that former cast members, including Ian McKellen, will be returning, it looks as though the film is finally shaping up into the project fans have truly been dreaming of.

And, because it is actually based on a Tolkien novel, this probably won’t be a “Star Wars” prequel fiasco, in which fans, desperate for more of their favorite franchise, are forced to accept an awful product. “The Hobbit” may not be as epic in scope as “The Lord of the Rings,” but what it is still a fun story. For some dedicated “Rings” fans, anytime spent in Middle Earth is a good time.

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