After much speculation, keeping the fans at an edge for quite some time now, “The Hobbit” finally received green light and will begin shooting in February next year. Peter Jackson will direct as well as co-write and produce the two-part movie. “Exploring Tolkien’s Middle-earth goes way beyond a normal film-making experience,” Jackson said in a statement. “It’s an all immersive journey into a very special place of imagination, beauty and drama. We’re looking forward to re-entering this wondrous with Gandalf and Bilbo – and our friends at New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers and MGM.”
The fans surely couldn’t agree more and must be overexcited that Jackson took on the project in the end. Warner president Alan Horn is of the same opinion: “There is no human being on the planet as qualified as Peter Jackson to direct these films. Peter is incredibly talented and has the creative vision and experience to bring this beloved property to life in a way no other filmmaker could.”
There is however still one unresolved issue that may stall the production – the location. In the end of September a number of major actor union representatives sent a warning to their members not to accept work on the film. This might mean that Warner and New Line will have to move shooting from New Zealand to elsewhere in the world. But whichever the location, both movies will be shot in 3D.