THE HOBBIT Part 1 Won’t Be Released Until 2012

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While fans were holding out hope that we’d see Gollum lose his precious to Bilbo Baggins in the first of the upcoming pair of films by Guillermo del Toro based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit in 2011, it’s now safe to say that dream is over.  The reason is due to the following quote taken from the latest article about the future plans of New Line (owned by Warner Bros.) by Variety.

“[Warner Bros. President Alan] Horn won’t predict when the first of the two Hobbit films will be out, but says the most probable scenario would be a release in the fourth quarter of 2012.”

To find out more about the probable cause of the delay, hit the jump.

This means that the film will likely be delayed a full year from when the first of the two-parter was supposed to be released. Apparently the restructuring of MGM and the finances are likely the cause of the holdup in production. You see, UA bought the rights to The Hobbit way back in 1969. Now that MGM owns UA and a vast majority of their catalog, New Line and MGM are partnering for the financial side.

I’ll end this with a quote from New Line president Toby Emmerich, in which he states the absolute obvious.

“It’s a big bet for us. But it’s one we think will pay off given the success of Lord of the Rings,” says Emmerich. “This is one of the few movies it feels like people are waiting for.”

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  • junierizzle

    This SUCKS! I don't see why it has to be split into two movies anyway. Im sure they can make a solid 2 hour and 45 min flick. Oh wait, they would make so much more money with two movies.

  • JohnDoe

    I'm now pretty sure that these movies don't exist, they're just a myth, and they'll never be released due to studio politics.

  • BatNips

    Geez… hope the rumor of Tobey Maguire playing Bilbo is false, I don't want any dance sequences in this film!

  • http://twitter.com/cablebfg Bill Graham

    Can you argue with the results though? So far, they have done a fantastic job. Originally, LOTRs was a single book, after all.

  • gemma_e

    Seriously, why bother doing 2 films? Understandably they'll probably rake in a lot of money, but if its anything like the LOTRs trilogy then they're going to ruin one of my favourite books. Not to mention that there will be people who haven't read the book, which they really should, as no doubt they'll miss parts out or change things.
    Hopefully, hopefully they'll stay as true to the book as Hollywood will allow.

  • http://twitter.com/cablebfg Bill Graham

    By and large, most people were extremely pleased with LOTRs. With Peter Jackson helping in every fashion besides director, and GdTs crazy creatures and imagination, I think this will be outstanding. Pan's Labyrinth is one of my favorite films and it has so many layers and rich detail. Give GdT this project and I think we will have an outstanding two-part film.

  • gemma_e

    That may be true, and Pan Labyrinth is a wonderful film, I just find that for the most part a lot of book to movies don't turn out as well as I think they could have, especially given the material that some are using. I think that might be mostly because a lot of the ones that have been taken from books I've enjoyed have disappointed me, and for the most part LOTRs was a disappointment for me. Obviously overall it was a, in terms of cinematography, very well done, I just found that it didn't really bring the book to life as much as I would have liked. And that's mostly what I guess I'm anticipating the Hobbit to do as well.

  • junierizzle

    I agree. Im sure Del Toro will make two awesome movies. Im just saying it would be better if it were just one. As much as I like the LOTR trilogy, I can't sit and watch the whole thing. I've never heard anyone say “I just wanna watch The Two TOwers” YOu pretty much have to watch all three. It'd be easier to watch one flick over and over.

  • junierizzle

    I think that's the hard part of adapting a book. You won't be able to please everyone. Every person that reads a book is their own director. As they read it they are picturing their vision. So when they see someone esles vision, then most likely they will be disappointed. There is no way that a movie can match the images you have created in your mind.

  • gemma_e

    Obviously there are a lot of things when adapting for a screenplay that you can't write for the screen, as a lot of the book plays on imagination. However, saying that the Hobbit does describe a lot of the creatures within the book, and because of that many people already know what to expect for those creatures. I just think that if someone takes their own image of what they assume these to be without refering to the actual description in the book that it will ruin what could be a good thing. But for the most part the dialogue and a lot of the scenarios will change or be removed to suit and I think that this is a travesty as they are what make the story.

  • http://twitter.com/cablebfg Bill Graham

    Ill agree that it is a pain in the ass to watch. Not something you just pick up casually. However, that IS part of the appeal, is it not? Character development and lots and lots of story without sacrifice. The director's cut, which I haven't even made my way into, are even longer. All told, I believe it is close to 11 hours of film.

    Though, to be fair, The Hobbit isn't that long of a book. You can't please everyone.

  • http://twitter.com/cablebfg Bill Graham

    I haven't even read the books. I was insanely engrossed in the films while sitting in the theater though. I have read The Hobbit in anticipation, so we will see how I feel about del Toro's adaptation. I think people often can't remove their feelings from a book to judge the film version objectively.

    Yes, some are absolutely horrendous, and that is obvious to a majority of people. Then there are some that do great justice to the source material. I loved the films.

  • http://ciclotimia.blogspot.com [A]

    Hahaha.

  • gemma_e

    That may be true, and Pan Labyrinth is a wonderful film, I just find that for the most part a lot of book to movies don't turn out as well as I think they could have, especially given the material that some are using. I think that might be mostly because a lot of the ones that have been taken from books I've enjoyed have disappointed me, and for the most part LOTRs was a disappointment for me. Obviously overall it was a, in terms of cinematography, very well done, I just found that it didn't really bring the book to life as much as I would have liked. And that's mostly what I guess I'm anticipating the Hobbit to do as well.

  • junierizzle

    I agree. Im sure Del Toro will make two awesome movies. Im just saying it would be better if it were just one. As much as I like the LOTR trilogy, I can't sit and watch the whole thing. I've never heard anyone say “I just wanna watch The Two TOwers” YOu pretty much have to watch all three. It'd be easier to watch one flick over and over.

  • junierizzle

    I think that's the hard part of adapting a book. You won't be able to please everyone. Every person that reads a book is their own director. As they read it they are picturing their vision. So when they see someone esles vision, then most likely they will be disappointed. There is no way that a movie can match the images you have created in your mind.

  • gemma_e

    Obviously there are a lot of things when adapting for a screenplay that you can't write for the screen, as a lot of the book plays on imagination. However, saying that the Hobbit does describe a lot of the creatures within the book, and because of that many people already know what to expect for those creatures. I just think that if someone takes their own image of what they assume these to be without refering to the actual description in the book that it will ruin what could be a good thing. But for the most part the dialogue and a lot of the scenarios will change or be removed to suit and I think that this is a travesty as they are what make the story.

  • http://twitter.com/cablebfg Bill Graham

    Ill agree that it is a pain in the ass to watch. Not something you just pick up casually. However, that IS part of the appeal, is it not? Character development and lots and lots of story without sacrifice. The director's cut, which I haven't even made my way into, are even longer. All told, I believe it is close to 11 hours of film.

    Though, to be fair, The Hobbit isn't that long of a book. You can't please everyone.

  • http://twitter.com/cablebfg Bill Graham

    I haven't even read the books. I was insanely engrossed in the films while sitting in the theater though. I have read The Hobbit in anticipation, so we will see how I feel about del Toro's adaptation. I think people often can't remove their feelings from a book to judge the film version objectively.

    Yes, some are absolutely horrendous, and that is obvious to a majority of people. Then there are some that do great justice to the source material. I loved the films.

  • http://ciclotimia.blogspot.com/ [A]

    Hahaha.

  • gimli

    Dont be so whinny atleast it s comin out in 2012 not like 2014 so stop and be happy that youll actually get to see it soon enough

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