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At the Movies: "A Day Will Come"
Posted: Monday April 28th, 2008 by

When I first read that Peter Jackson would not be directing The Hobbit, I grew heavy hearted and concerned. See, of all the Tolkien the books the Hobbit was my favorite. It might have had something to do with having built a functioning Smaug puppet for a children's theatre production of it. **shrugs** I just don't know. But, I was upset.

Then I read a Variety article this past friday that announced Guillemo del Torro (Hell Boy, Pan's Labyrinth) as the director of the film. My hope for the film and my "geek spirit" was renewed.
Source: Variety [ more info ]

Apparently del Toro will be responsible for two films: The Hobbit and an unnamed sequel that covers the 60 years between the Hobbit and the beginning of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He'll be shooting them over a 4 year period in New Zealand using the same stages and facilities that were build for LoTR.

Don't get too excited though, there's not even a script yet. **sighs** The article seems to expect a late 2011 and 2012 release. Hey at least if the Mayan calendar is right, I'll die happy.

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