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Movie Watch - The Hobbit

Contributor:
Julie Gray
Julie Gray

The Lord of the Rings franchise has become a world-wide phenomenon and has practically made New Zealand's very own Peter Jackson a household name in Hollywood. Although Peter Jackson has done (as most would agree) a fantastic job as director of the previous movies, I'm keen to see if Guillermo del Toro will measure up.

Admittedly, 2012 is a long way off and anything can happen between now and then. One thing's for certain though, if Guillermo del Toro's vision for The Hobbit is anything like his work with Pan's Labyrinth, we should be in for a pretty wild ride.

If you haven't seen Pan's Labyrinth yet, I would strongly recommend that you do or at least check out one of Guillermo del Toro's other movies such as Hellboy, or Hellboy 2. Guillermo del Toro was also the director for Blade 2 which I thought was much better than the first (even though the first Blade was great). I've enjoyed most of del Toro's work thus far and his track record is impressive.

Peter Jackson comes onboard for The Hobbit as the principal writer (along with his partner Phillipa Boyens) and the casting at this time is largely rumoured with both Sir Ian Mckellan and Andy Serkis from the previous Jackson movies reprising their roles as Gandalf and Gollum respectively. Various websites report that both Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson have agreed to work very closely together so at this stage I think it's safe to say the movie is in good hands.

With production starting next year, there's plenty of time for the casting 'rumours' to be confirmed and of course, for more juicy details to surface. But until then, we'll just have to make do with the internet goss until something more 'preciousss' comes along.

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