Peter Jackson News – THE HOBBIT, LORD OF THE RINGS Blu-ray, DISTRICT 9, THE LOVELY BONES

     July 24, 2009

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Thursday night at Comic-Con was insane. For some reason, all the studios decided to throw massive parties and hold insanely cool stuff on the same night. I was invited to about 7 things that would normally be a fantastic night, but due to time and schedule, I could only do a fraction of what I was offered.  So what ended up winning out? Some guy named Peter Jackson.

So if you’re a fan of his work, after the jump you can read some updates on “The Hobbit”, the “Lord of the Rings” Blu-rays, “District 9″, and “The Lovely Bones”.

A quick note: The reason I have info on the various projects that Peter Jackson has in development is I was invited to a small gathering of both print and online journalists after attending the first screening of “District 9″. A group of us were invited to talk with Peter in an informal setting and not use any quotes of what he said. So here’s some stuff I learned tonight.

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THE HOBBIT

Peter told us the first draft of the script gets delivered to the studio in 3 weeks. He went on to sale that zero casting has been done on the project and any rumors you hear are just that – rumors. He explained that they can’t start casting till they have a budget and schedule as they have to be able to tell an actor when they’d be needed. He also said the studio hasn’t officially green lit the project yet.

Peter also told us that the current plan is to release the first “Hobbit” film in December of 2011 and the second one in December of 2012. This is assuming everything comes together.

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LORD OF THE RINGS Blu-ray

Before the evening started tonight, I was one of the early people at the informal gathering. Since I knew I wouldn’t have much time with Peter on my own, I asked the one thing every fan of “Lord of the Rings” wants to know – when are his amazing movies going to hit Blu-ray, and would the extended editions be included with the theatrica,l or would they be a separate purchase.

Here’s the bad news.

He told me the first editions to hit Blu-ray are going to be the theatrical versions and a year later we’d get the extended editions. The only good news is he told me the studio has started talking to him about doing some new extras for the Blu-ray extended editions. No word on exactly what the new stuff might be.

DISTRICT 9

At 7pm tonight, Sony world-premiered their upcoming sci-fi film “District 9″ which Peter Jackson produced. I’ll have a lot more to say about this film but the quick info is that it’s fucking great. We were asked not to tell you too much about it as to preserve the mystery, but suffice it to say it’s unlike anything I’ve seen and you will not believe what they managed to do with $30 million dollars. Also, Peter told us all the aliens were CGI in the movie, and that’s another thing that I couldn’t believe. They had some close-ups that looked truly amazing and it really looks so much more expensive than that price. If you thought the month of August would let you down, this is something to be excited for.

THE LOVELY BONES

The final thing I saw before leaving the gathering was four and a half minutes from Peter’s next film “The Lovely Bones”. What we saw was footage from what appeared to be the entire movie and I have to say, it looked a lot better than I expected. For some reason I wasn’t that excited for this film, but after tonight, that’s all changed.If the final film is as strong as the footage we saw this evening, it’s on the list of films that could win some of the big awards.

Since many of you haven’t read the book and don’t like spoilers, we got to see what Susie Salmon’s (Saoirse Ronan) life was before, what happened to her, and what went on after. Suffice it to say, I was captivated by all the footage and cannot wait to see the film at the end of the year.

I have so much more to tell all of you, but it’s 2am and I have to be up in a few hours. Just know I did over 10 interviews today and most were 1-on-1s. I also spoke to some of the “Twilight: New Moon” cast…so get ready for that.

Lots more tomorrow. Until then…

  • Dave R.

    damn, those aliens in D9 are CGI? that’s insane… they look amazing

  • Dave R.

    damn, those aliens in D9 are CGI? that’s insane… they look amazing

  • shutsach

    I had told my son, before we got into the session with Peter Jackson at Comic Con that hen would have to make a comment about Hobbit, And sure enough it was the first thing he spoke about, as he said, to avoid questions later. From his demeanor during the brief talk on the subject, and the gleam in his eye as he told us that there had been no casting as yet, it seemed obvious, at least to me, that there are definite thoughts about who will be sought out. One of his first comments was about who would play Bilbo. He cleverly said, “the part of Bilbo will be played by …” and then ran his fingers over his mouth to make an unintelligable end to his statement. I’m sure he knows who he wants, and I’d be willing to bet he’s already contacted that person. But the legalities of the film industry are preventing him from saying anything. He did confirm that it would be presented in two parts (After Warner Brothers accepted the script)

  • shutsach

    I had told my son, before we got into the session with Peter Jackson at Comic Con that hen would have to make a comment about Hobbit, And sure enough it was the first thing he spoke about, as he said, to avoid questions later. From his demeanor during the brief talk on the subject, and the gleam in his eye as he told us that there had been no casting as yet, it seemed obvious, at least to me, that there are definite thoughts about who will be sought out. One of his first comments was about who would play Bilbo. He cleverly said, “the part of Bilbo will be played by …” and then ran his fingers over his mouth to make an unintelligable end to his statement. I’m sure he knows who he wants, and I’d be willing to bet he’s already contacted that person. But the legalities of the film industry are preventing him from saying anything. He did confirm that it would be presented in two parts (After Warner Brothers accepted the script)

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  • scott

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  • Ryan

    No comments on the legal troubles with Tolkien’s estate? Sounded like they were threatening to shut the entire production down.

  • Ryan

    No comments on the legal troubles with Tolkien’s estate? Sounded like they were threatening to shut the entire production down.

  • Sean

    I’m glad you were impressed by The Lovely Bones footage…i seriously cant wait for the trailer.

  • Sean

    I’m glad you were impressed by The Lovely Bones footage…i seriously cant wait for the trailer.

  • cell989

    Thats total crap, so now I have to buy 2 different version on Bluray? or wait another whole year to buy the extended edition? bbbbaaaaaaa!!!!!!

  • cell989

    Thats total crap, so now I have to buy 2 different version on Bluray? or wait another whole year to buy the extended edition? bbbbaaaaaaa!!!!!!

  • Roger

    I was a first time attendee and was overwhelmed with the options. How did you come upon seven invites from studios? I would have loved to have gone to some of the stuff, other than panels. I wished I could have attended the Flynn’s party, but didn’t know anything about the tokens and wasn’t sure when they were even given out. I was there Thursday, all day, from when the Tim Burton panel began. I got 3-D glasses, and that was it for the day. I must’ve missed out. A person next to me, luckily told me about the tickets they gave out at the Iron Man 2 panel, on Sat. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have ever known about the redemption room. Upon arrival, I saw where people had been getting t-shirts that I had previously recognized at the con. But I had no tickets for those. Can you email me to correspond? Thanks and love the articles on the website. It’s now a favorite on my computer.

  • Roger

    I was a first time attendee and was overwhelmed with the options. How did you come upon seven invites from studios? I would have loved to have gone to some of the stuff, other than panels. I wished I could have attended the Flynn’s party, but didn’t know anything about the tokens and wasn’t sure when they were even given out. I was there Thursday, all day, from when the Tim Burton panel began. I got 3-D glasses, and that was it for the day. I must’ve missed out. A person next to me, luckily told me about the tickets they gave out at the Iron Man 2 panel, on Sat. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have ever known about the redemption room. Upon arrival, I saw where people had been getting t-shirts that I had previously recognized at the con. But I had no tickets for those. Can you email me to correspond? Thanks and love the articles on the website. It’s now a favorite on my computer.

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