At Comic-Con Peter Jackson revealed that the first draft of the script for The Hobbit should be submitted to Warner Brother in 3-4 weeks and that the movies have not yet gained financial backing. You can read the full story at Stuff.co.nz.
In an interview with Empire Peter Jackson has quashed the rumors that an announcement will be made at Comic Con as to which actor has been cast in the role of Bilbo. According to PJ they are in the process of working on the script and they won’t be announcing who will play Bilbo “for a little while”.
Stuff.co.nz report that, “The hobbit holes of Matamata are coming to life again”. Work, including planting fruit trees and marking off the sites for new hobbit homes, has started on the site used for Hobbiton in the LotR movies. Filming of The Hobbit movies is due to start in March 2010.
The CoE Book Club, in our ongoing discussion of The Silmarillion, has moved on this week to Chapter 3 of the Quenta Silmarillion; ‘The Coming of The Elves and The Captivity of Melkor”
Feel free to pick up your copy and join in!
Bloomberg.com reports that the case taken out by Tolkien’s heirs against New Line Cinema will be heard in the Los Angeles Superior Court in October this year. Tolkien’s family and the Tolkien Trust are asking for more than $220 million compensation and “also want the option to terminate further rights to the author’s work”.
After discussing Ainulindale and Valaquenta, the Book Club now moves on to Chapter One of The Quenta Silmarillion, that portion of The Silmarillion that deals chiefly with the First Age.
Everyone is invited to read along with us and to feel free to join us in the discussion.