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The rebuilding of Hobbiton

J. R. R. Tolkien fans rejoice: The rebuilding of Hobbiton has begun in order to support the production of the upcoming The Hobbit films.

Many fans of The Lord of the Rings movies, not to mention fans of all of J. R. R. Tolkien's books set in Middle-earth, have long-awaited a feature-length, live action film of The Hobbit. Fortunately, we don't have much longer to wait. TheOneRing.net has announced the rebuilding of Hobbiton to support the production of The Hobbit and its sequel.

It appears the producers of the movie are going to split the book into two movies, like the next Harry Potter movie, instead of squishing the book and losing a large amount of content. The first movie is scheduled for December 2011, with the second one releasing in December 2012. There is also discussion about a "bridging" movie that would take place after the second film, chronicling the events missing between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The movie would also, apparently, dip into The Silmarillion, another Tolkien book set in Middle-earth.

Peter Jackson has named Guillermo del Toro as director for the two Hobbit movies, and the pair have chosen Rowan Atkinson -- well, no, they haven't chosen anyone yet although the money's on David Tennant -- as the new Bilbo Baggins, taking over for Ian Holm, who played the character in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This is all assuming that the Tolkien Trust is unable to stop the production of The Hobbit.

To carry on the theme from Nicole Bremer Nash's Geekend post published yesterday, do you think The Hobbit will be worth paying theater prices to see?

11 comments
darthgerber
darthgerber

Why not Ian Holm? He was a perfect Bilbo. Rowan Atkinson is a buffoon: he will surely destroy any and all seriousness the film hopes to acheive. Guillermo DelToro is a brilliant and innovative filmmaker. I think he will bring a depth to the story visually and emotionally.

Bill Ward
Bill Ward

If The Hobbit stays close to the original story, AND is as high a quality as the LotR movies were, this is DEFINITELY a big deal; I'll see them in the theater, and buy the "Deluxe Edition DVD" for both when they come out. If they AREN'T high quality... Redbox, here I come!

JackOfAllTech
JackOfAllTech

I read the whole series every year starting on September 1st so that I get to Bibo's party on (or near) the 16th, my birthday. I REALLY like these books. While watching the first movies, I spent nearly the entire time with my mouth hanging open because almost everything looked the way I imagined it.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

The problem is, you won't know until you pay the theater price.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Since I survived quite nicely watching the first one on TV and not seeing the second or third at all, I'll be saving my money on this one too. For some reason I never got into Tolkien. Maybe it was the content, maybe it was his style. Whatever it was (or is), I've started The Hobbit at least four times in my life and never got past the first forty or fifty pages. The LOTR movie left me cold; pretty, but I just didn't care whether any of the characters lived, died, or were tax audited.

The Flaming Maiden
The Flaming Maiden

I intend to see The Hobbit movies multiple times each, in the theater. These are certain to be worth theater prices! And I'm crossing my fingers that David Tennant is in them. You just made my day!

Wally Bahny
Wally Bahny

Ian Holm apparently turned it down. The Rowan Atkinson announcement was an April Fool's hoax, you can see that by clicking the link.

mpfannenstiel
mpfannenstiel

With Peter Jackson involved you know it will be high quality. You can tell he is a genuine fan of the Tolkien books.

Roger.hill
Roger.hill

My teenaged kids and I watch the three LOTR movies back to back to back around Christmas every year. We watch the extended versions, starting around 9:30 in the morning, and finishing about midnight, depending on how long it takes to get the pizza delivered. Breakfast is typically fried tomatoes, nice crispy bacon...we can't bring ouselves to have a brace of conies for supper, although fish and chips would be an option. So, we're very happy about The Hobbit. I understand that Ian Holm won't be back, but I sure hope Andy Serkis is...he was one great gollum.

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

Fellowship of the ring, is without doubt one of the best films I've ever seen. Two Towers, not so good, Return of the King, well that just sucked the big one.

Par-Pro
Par-Pro

I first read the books when I was 12. It tool a long time to get through them. I have rear the books again 4 or 5 times. Then I wated 40 years for the movie and YES I'll pay