by: the Moleman source: Variety
…and that’s only assuming the world hasn’t come to an end by then.
New Line Cinema was originally looking to release the Hobbit in 2011 but unfortunately due to the restructuring over at MGM it looks like the film will be pushed back to 2012 according to Warner Bros. (current parent company of New Line Cinema) Studio exec Alan Horn. It wasn’t all bad news though. In the same interview New Line head honcho Toby Emmerich says:
A few “Rings” cast members, such as Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen, will make return appearances in “The Hobbit.”
The other bit of news that was revealed is that they will be shooting the first and second Hobbit movies back to back, if not at the same time. This is similar to what was done with the LOTR trilogy as that. Once the script for the second film is in New Line will work up a budget for both films and start casting.
JRR Tolkien’s, The Hobbit is set 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” with Bilbo Baggins as its unassuming hero in an adventure that centers on his acquiring the all-powerful ring from the evil Gollum that figures into Lord of the Rings.
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