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Friday, April 25, 2008

The Hobbit is Coming!

I wanted to blog about this yesterday, but after my meandering news recap, I didn't feel like writing more.

Anyway, even though this was announced back in December, yesterday all the paperwork was signed and it's now official.

Guillermo del Toro, director of the Oscar-winning Pan's Labrynth and the Hellboy films, will be bringing us the long-awaited live-action movie version of...The Hobbit.

In case you don't remember the rest of the announcement from December, yes, Peter Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, is the executive producer and will be closely involved with the project. (The Hobbit is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings, for those who have lives.) In fact, del Toro will be moving to New Zealand to film the project.

The plan right now is to film two films back to back. The first one will be a straight-up adaptation of The Hobbit. And for the second one, they're going to pour through all of JRR Tolkein's appendicies and story note about Middle Earth and create something original that fills the gap between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

The Hobbit will be in theatres for Christmas 2011, with The Untitled Hobbit/Lord of the Rings Gap Filler coming in Christmas 2012.

And in other news, check out this sweet new The Dark Knight poster!

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