There have been rumors that The Hobbit was having problems for awhile now, but seeing as WB announced the first Hobbit movie for December 2012 and the second for December 2013 last week, it looks like things are finally moving forward. Matt did a good job summing up where we currently are with the two-part film here.
However, What’s Playing (via LatinoReview) found some recent quotes from Sir Ian McKellan where he confirms that he expected to start working on the first of the two Hobbit movies a few weeks ago. You can read what he had to say about The Hobbit after the jump.
Sir Ian McKellan confirms the delay in the production by saying:
“That should have started in April but they didn’t contact me about a contract until a few weeks ago and we’re in negotiation” before saying that: “I shall see (director) Guillermo del Toro and (executive producer) Peter Jackson when I’m in New Zealand after we’ve been to Australia and well find out more then.”
He has read a script for the film and had this to say:
“I’ve read the script, or as much as had been written, they sent it to me, which was very accomplished and good, I thought, and a wonderful part, Gandalf. But I don’t have a contract and I don’t have a start date, so there we are. We’re in a bit of limbo at the moment”.
I’m assuming things are about to get settled and contracts will be drawn up soon. As always, we’ll keep you updated as we hear it.