Entries in J.R.R. Tolkien (3)


Orlando Bloom Signs on to Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit'

Michael Tran/Film Magic(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) -- Orlando Bloom has reportedly agreed to return to the role that made him famous.

Bloom has signed on to play the elf Legolas again in forthcoming adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's novel "The Hobbit." Director Peter Jackson announced the addition on Facebook.

Actors Ian McKellan, Elijah Wood, and Cate Blanchett, who all starred in Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films ten years ago, are appearing again in the two-part prequel.

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'The Hobbit' Closer to Shooting in New Zealand 

Photo Courtesy - HarperCollins Publishers(NEW ZEALAND) -- A local actors union in New Zealand says it has called off its boycott of production on The Hobbit and will not strike during filming of the long-anticipated two-movie project.

Studio executives at Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema had hinted that production on the $500 million project might shift from New Zealand, where The Lord of the Rings was shot, to another country because of a pay dispute with the actors union.  New Zealand government officials are meeting with studio executives this week to see what else can be done, short of additional tax breaks to keep the film in the country, which the government says it won't provide.

Studio executives and producer/director Peter Jackson reportedly remain skeptical that the actors' union won't cause trouble once production is underway.

Part one of The Hobbit will hit theaters in December of 2012, with part two debuting the following December.  The Hobbit is J.R.R. Tolkien's prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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'The Hobbit' to Get Underway in 2011

Photo Courtesy - HarperCollins Publishers(NEW YORK) -- After various production delays that cost the film its original director, Guillermo del Toro, The Hobbit is back on track.  Peter Jackson, who directed the Oscar-winning Lord of The Rings films, will now direct the prequel, beginning in February 2011.

The Hobbit tells the story of how Bilbo Baggins found the ring of power at the center of Lord of the Rings, and is based on author J.R.R. Tolkien's literary prequel.

Jackson had already signed on to co-write and produce the film version, but stepped in for co-producer del Toro to direct The Hobbit, which will be made into a pair of 3D films.

"Exploring Tolkien's Middle-earth goes way beyond a normal filmmaking experience," said Jackson in a statement. "It's an all-immersive journey into a very special place of imagination, beauty, and drama."

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