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  • #31
    Originally posted by Sea Hag View Post
    I think this should be one film also. This story can most definitely be told within a 3+ hour movie. But the studios would end up making more money with 2 films and you know it's all about the green.
    Yup. No reason for 2 films. Don't need the invented backstory or extra stuff culled from other Tolkein works. It can be told perfectly in about 3 hours. No need for KILL SMAUG VOL 1 & 2.
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    • #32
      Agreed. Two films is a dumb idea. But I'm still glad to see this movie(s) is moving along; I love the old animated one (But I rather hate animated "Return of the King," lol) but it will be AWESOME to see this book get the live action treatment.

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      • #33
        So is anyone from the previous trilogy returning for this one for sure? I mean signed on and everything? Or is it all speculation at this point

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        • #34
          Originally posted by White_Rabbit View Post
          So is anyone from the previous trilogy returning for this one for sure? I mean signed on and everything? Or is it all speculation at this point
          Pretty sure it's all speculation right now. Hell, Jackson isn't even 100% yet.


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          • #35
            Originally posted by Heretic View Post
            Pretty sure it's all speculation right now. Hell, Jackson isn't even 100% yet.
            No shit. I just read a 10 page interview with him in the local rag and not one mention of the Hobbit. The only movies he talked about were Dam Busters and Halo.

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            • #36
              Rob Zombie should direct them...

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Chainsaw Suicide View Post
                Rob Zombie should direct them...
                LOL. And then they would brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sherri Moon as Thorin. "Ramblin Man" playing as Bilbo finds the ring.

                Oh yea. Zombie is a genius. He does the sickest things you wouldn't expect, I once heard someone say.
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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Sideshow Bill View Post
                  No need for KILL SMAUG VOL 1 & 2.
                  Good one!

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Sea Hag View Post
                    Yeah, and I couldn't see anyone else playing Gandalf either. But hey, Christopher Lee is 17 years older than Mckellen and he's still trucking along.
                    he is in fact a Lich.




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                    • #40
                      MGM on Its Five Core Franchises

                      Variety reports that MGM chairman and chief executive Harry Sloan talked about the studio's five core franchises at the European Media Leaders Summit in London. Surprisingly, while chief operating officer Rick Sands just last month talked about a fourth "Terminator," the franchise was not mentioned this time. Instead, Sloan concentrated on James Bond, The Pink Panther, Thomas Crown, Rocky and The Hobbit.

                      As for The Hobbit, Sloan confirmed that MGM was in advanced talks with Peter Jackson to make two movies based on JRR Tolkien's "prequel" to "The Lord of the Rings."

                      The first would be a direct adaptation of The Hobbit, and the second would be drawn from "footnotes and source material connecting 'The Hobbit' with 'Lord of the Rings,'" he explained.

                      An MGM spokesman emphasized that negotiations with Jackson are still in progress, and that production isn't likely until 2008 or even 2009.



                      Interesting.........

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Sea Hag View Post
                        MGM on Its Five Core Franchises

                        Variety reports that MGM chairman and chief executive Harry Sloan talked about the studio's five core franchises at the European Media Leaders Summit in London. Surprisingly, while chief operating officer Rick Sands just last month talked about a fourth "Terminator," the franchise was not mentioned this time. Instead, Sloan concentrated on James Bond, The Pink Panther, Thomas Crown, Rocky and The Hobbit.

                        As for The Hobbit, Sloan confirmed that MGM was in advanced talks with Peter Jackson to make two movies based on JRR Tolkien's "prequel" to "The Lord of the Rings."

                        The first would be a direct adaptation of The Hobbit, and the second would be drawn from "footnotes and source material connecting 'The Hobbit' with 'Lord of the Rings,'" he explained.

                        An MGM spokesman emphasized that negotiations with Jackson are still in progress, and that production isn't likely until 2008 or even 2009.



                        Interesting.........
                        Mmmmm...so we could be looking at a sequel to the Hobbit...interesting indeed.

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                        • #42
                          nothing against Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit (I'm sure it'll be a great film) but I'm so fucking tired of this crap. Most of my friends talk about Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings so fucking much that I stopped hanging out with them for a long time. They still do it, but not so much, so I can be around them now.
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                          • #43
                            So it's official that Jackson is NOT doing this.

                            Jackson Out As 'Hobbit' Director
                            Shocking fans who had assumed that director Peter Jackson, who was responsible for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, would direct The Hobbit -- a kind of prequel to those films -- and another Lord of the Rings epic, Jackson said on theonering.net website Sunday that he had been advised by New Line that the studio "would no longer be requiring our services on The Hobbit ...[and] was now actively looking to hire another filmmaker." Jackson said that the studio cited the ongoing lawsuit that Jackson filed against New Line in June of 2005, charging that the studio had committed fraud in reporting the revenue for 2001's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, which allegedly resulted in Jackson being underpaid millions of dollars. If the notice from New Line was a ploy to induce Jackson to drop or settle the lawsuit -- as Jackson seems to suggest in his message to "Ringers" -- it apparently failed to achieve its objective. In the message, Jackson said that he was "very sorry our involvement with The Hobbit has been ended in this way. ... This outcome is not what we anticipated or wanted, but neither do we see any positive value in bitterness and rancor. We now have no choice but to let the idea of a film of The Hobbit go and move forward with other projects."

                            http://www.imdb.com/news/sb/2006-11-20/

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                            • #44
                              Since The Hobbit has such a completely different tone than The Lord of the Rings, it would be perfectly acceptable to use a different director and different production studio. Peter Jackson has merely set a very high bar. This gives a chance to an aspiring great director.

                              Ever since I saw the battle scene at the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring, I've been convinced that it would be great if someone made movies out of the events described in The Silmarillion. That could be a goldmine of many, many fantasy movies. If all of them were made by Peter Jackson, they'd all start to look the same and he would burn out on it.

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                              • #45
                                Shame really. Jackson was the obvious choice and it's hard to see anyone else doing it but if the right director is willing to tackle the project it could still come out okay. I guess time shall tell.

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