Peter Jackson spoke to SciFi Wire recently and shared with them his plans for the release and production of the first Hobbit movie. Here's his answer to the questions in his own words:
"We're still working on the script, and of course it's going to be directed by Guillermo [del Toro]. That's going really well, and in fact we've already delivered the first script to the studio, and they really liked it, so now we're working hard on the second script, and that's going to keep us pretty busy until the end of this year. There's no budget yet, and no cast, but we plan to start shooting next year, with the first one coming out by the end of 2011, hopefully. And while Guillermo's making The Hobbit, I'm not quite sure what I'll be working on, as I want to make completely sure that I'm doing what I need to do for The Hobbit, and that I'll be there to help Guillermo."So there you go. There's been some speculation as to whether or not we wouldn't see the first of The Hobbit films until 2012. It seems like that isn't the plan as of right now. I wonder if it's also in the plan to have someone else re-edit the film down from Jackson's 3 and a half hour version he'll want to put out, which no doubt will have countless minutes of Hobbits just walking around or way-too-long and repetitive battle scenes. We can only hope. Oh, and while I'm in the mode of pissing people off, I absolutely love his version of King Kong. Thank you for reading.
To read the rest of the SciFi Wire exclusive interview, go here.