Peter Jackson begins Hobbit casting

Is “close” to signing deal to direct both films

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The Hobbit may be gripped by the same production-killing MGM woes as Bond 23, but Peter Jackson is pushing forward with casting anyway.

Heat Vision report that Jackson’s deal to direct the film – after Guillermo Del Toro was forced to depart – is “close to done”, meaning all our hearts are a-flutter with excitement.

And despite the project still having not officially received the green-light from share holder MGM, Jackson is currently in Los Angeles, New York and the UK having “quiet” meetings with actors for the two-part Hobbit movie.

Clearly Jackson remains optimistic (perhaps blindly?) that something will happen to kick-start production – could it be that he hopes Warner Bros will buy out MGM’s share in the project? It certainly sounds like the most likely outcome.

Jackson will have to work fast if he wants to get this done, too – he’s got the second part of The Adventures Of Tintin to direct as well.

As Heat Vision note, “Jackson is privately telling the studios he would not commit to the [The Hobbit] unless the films could be fast-tracked and into theaters in 2012 and 2013.”  Oh, what a tangled web we weave!

Source: [Heat Vision]

Hopeful we'll get to see The Hobbit soon?

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    • bobbyfett

      Jul 14th 2010, 11:01

      As much as i was looking forward to seeing GDT directing this, its right that it should be jackson.

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    • abcdemma

      Jul 14th 2010, 12:02

      This is good news :) If it is indeed true....

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    • oshman5

      Jul 14th 2010, 14:41

      Colin firth for bilbo, looks like ian holms bilbo could sound like him, right age and a great actor. dont mind this james mccovoy talk, 2 young ,skinny and the wrong nose.

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    • bobbyfett

      Jul 14th 2010, 16:53

      the nose wont be an issue, mckellen wore a prosthetic one in the original trilogy. mcavoy being cast is not something to be sniffed at (arf!!)

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    • thegedman

      Jul 14th 2010, 17:08

      Great news, lets hope the suits get there acts together and work with Jackson on this.He will be a busy man for sure, but if anyone can pull this off peter jackson can.His love of movies and his creativity are there for all to see.Genius is a much over used word in todays celebrity saturated crazy world that we live in.But in Jacksons case that word is genius with a capital G.

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    • thegedman

      Jul 14th 2010, 17:17

      great news,lets hope the suits get there acts together and work with Jackson on this.He will be a busy man,but if anyone can pull this off he can.His love of movies and his creativity are there for all to see.Genius is a much over used word in todays celebrity saturated crazy world we live in.But in mr Jacksons case its genius with a capital G.

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    • rice36

      Jul 16th 2010, 14:58

      If Jackson wins an Oscar for this film, it's going to be some messed up speech

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    • rice36

      Jul 16th 2010, 14:59

      If Jackson wins an Oscar for this film, it's going to be some messed up speech

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