Guillermo del Toro has confirmed that filming of The Hobbit movies will start in March 2010 and will last for about 370 days. The first film is due for release in 2011 and the second in 2012. He has revealed that the end of the first film will include landscapes not seen in the LotR trilogy and the second film will “have landscapes which are completely different from the “Lord of the Rings”. You can read the full story here.
After an interesting discussion of part one of the Silmarillion, Ainulindale, The CoE
Book Club this week moves on to part two, Valaquenta. Feel free to grab your copy and join in.
Although del Toro has confirmed that Hugo Weaving would be reprising the role of Elrond, according to Moviehole Hugo Weaving has yet to speak to anyone about returning.
He did state that; “It’d be good to get back together with Andy Serkis and Ian McKellan, and whoever else comes back”.
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On Monday June 22nd, the Council of Elrond’s Book Club will begin reading and discussing ‘The Silmarillion’, and all members are invited to join in.
We will be going through the book of a rate of one chapter per week starting with ‘Ainulindale”, the Music of the Ainur.
Christopher Lee, who played Saruman in the LotR movies,has been honoured with a knighthood for his services to drama and charity. You can read the full story here.
In an interview with UK BBC TV programme Newsnight Review, del Toro talks about the biggest challenge so far of working on The Hobbit, about Gollum and if his love of horror will spill over into the movies. You can read the interview here.
UK members can watch the interview on Newsnight Review, BBC2 at 23:10 tonight.