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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 10/15/2010

Peter Jackson confirmed to direct 'The Hobbit'

By Liz Kelly

Much like the ring Frodo carries throughout "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, there is one supreme director capable of ruling the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and in the darkness (of the multiplex) bind us to our seats in rapt attention. That man is Peter Jackson and, after a long quest fraught with peril, he has at last been confirmed to direct the "Rings" prequel, "The Hobbit."

Production on Part 1 will begin in New Zealand -- where set-building is underway -- in February, according to Sir Ian McKellan will reprise his role as Gandalf and Martin Freeman -- a onetime regular on the original U.K. "Office" -- is rumored to be at the top of the list of potential Bilbos.

Director Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth") was previously attached to the project, but he left in May 2010 after two years of pre-production because of continued delays in getting the project greenlit by MGM.

No word as of yet on who will portray those greedy Sackville-Bagginses or whether Jackson will figure out a way to shoehorn Viggo Mortensen into the production. We'd like that, though.

Below, one fan's take on a potential "Hobbit" trailer:


By Liz Kelly  | October 15, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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Let me know when Jackson agrees to take on 'The Silmarillion".

Posted by: LP20041 | October 15, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

No "Strider" in this one. Men of Laketown ... and then there's Beorn. Mostly its Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, and Orcs plus one dragon.

Posted by: periculum | October 15, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

There is the ex-officio or unofficial sequel to Lord of the Rings. And that would be best friend CS Lewis's space trilogy : Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. The first and second books have the potential to blow Avatar completely out of the water and the third ... its lesson should be the mantra of the Green Party ... the directory/writers would have to "pull those threads" together to connect it to Tokien's work but I suspect it would be do-able as was done by throwing parts of the Silmarillion into LTR.

Posted by: periculum | October 15, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse


You can take CS Lewis' christian delusions and shove them up your a*s.

Posted by: kenk3 | October 15, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Parts 1 & 2 will probably make a billion dollars combined. How can anyone not green light that load of green?

Posted by: MStreet1 | October 15, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

um, kenk3?

C.S. Lewis' "Space Trilogy" (a.k.a. the books periculum was discussing) are actually seen as being heavily influenced by Tolkein. Since they were written at the same time, Elvish languages are clearly reflected in his books' language, and the two were friends.

Yes, CSL wound a lot of Christian mysticism into his books, including these. But The Space Trilogy was more inspired by earlier science fiction works and classical mythology than Christian works. These pre-date the Narnia Chronicles by over 10 years if I remember correctly - it's been a long time since I read them.

And they are actually pretty good books, if you've never read them. They are considered classic sci-fi/fantasy, in the same tier as LOTR.

Just sayin'...

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | October 15, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Just have everyone fly on eagles.

That will be so Hollywood.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | October 15, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

The response posted by Chasmosaur1 is the classiest answer to a B.S. post that I've ever seen. BRAVO!

Posted by: dfoster1 | October 15, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

The eagles would be deus ex machina airlines, of course.

Posted by: permclerk | October 15, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Perelandra, the second book of the Space Trilogy, is essentially a retelling/reimagining of Satan's seduction of Eve in Eden. Neither Out of the Silent Planet nor That Hideous Strength is nearly as directly allegorical as Perelandra; on the other hand, while OOTSP isn't particularly overtly religious, That Hideous Strength is premised as a cosmic battle between good and evil.

They are suffused with Lewis's Christianity. That isn't a bad thing, because they're a lot of fun -- and more interesting than most of the Narnia books -- but it is the truth.

Posted by: AlexRemington | October 15, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

I thought this was about The Hobbit. Why is the discussion about C.S. Lewis' space trilogy? Which BTW is more fantasy than sci-fi, of course this was before Star Trek and the use of pseudo-science in sci-fi. His Sci-fi is more along the lines of Jules Verne. The description of the spaceship is very goofy, and what about the "angels". Seems like I too have been sucked into the C.S. Lewis discussion. But in short, that particular trilogy would make crappy movies. Now back to The Hobbit, I am sooooo happy that they let Jackson direct. Guillermo del Toro is a fine fantasy director, but his films like Cronos, Pan's Labyrinth and Mimic always leave me with a feeling like I want to jump off a building rather than watch them again. Talk about killing likable characters! As a child he spent way too much in the tunnels underneath his native Guadalajara. I think Jackson is the best choice, and yes I will buy the extended 20 hour version of the movies when they come out because you can never get enough of the LOTR.

Posted by: sdiaz4 | October 16, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

This is great news. It probably would have been awful if it had been directed by "Billy of the Bull".

Posted by: ocouha | October 16, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse


You can take CS Lewis' christian delusions and shove them up your a*s.

Posted by: kenk3
Did it take you all night to think of such a snappy, articulate comeback??

No wonder Christians think of non Christians as cretinous thugs.

Posted by: xconservative | October 16, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Actually the Gandalf character doesn't have that much of a role after the beginning of the book, after that it's all Bilbo and the dwarfs

Posted by: bromisky | October 16, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Protractors across the nerd universe have become fully erect.

Posted by: ozpunk | October 16, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

"You can take CS Lewis' christian delusions and shove them up your a*s."

Posted by: kenk3
Obviously you were working overtime with this comment to take up the challenge from the Post's editors "We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge..."

Posted by: garcia2 | October 16, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

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