Peter Jackson to produce The Hobbit!!

Mike Huckabee was right: There is a God!

Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema have reached agreement to make J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” a planned prequel to the blockbuster trilogy “The Lord of the Rings.”

Jackson, who directed “Rings,” will serve as executive producer for “The Hobbit.” A director for the prequel films has yet to be named.

Relations between Jackson and New Line had soured after “Rings,” despite a collective worldwide box office gross of nearly $3 billion — an enormous success. The two sides nevertheless were able to reconcile, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) splitting “The Hobbit” 50/50, spokesmen for both studios said Tuesday.

“I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to put our differences behind us, so that we may begin a new chapter with our old friends at New Line,” Jackson said in a statement. “We are delighted to continue our journey through Middle Earth.”

Two “Hobbit” films are scheduled to be shot simultaneously, similar to how the three “Lord of the Rings” films were made. Production is set to begin in 2009 with a released planned for 2010, with the sequel scheduled for a 2011 release.


(Hat tip: yea.)

P.S. If I recall correctly from previous rumors, the first prequel will chronicle the events of “The Hobbit” (including, I imagine, considerably more detail about the White Council driving Sauron out of Dol Guldur than is featured in the book), while the second movie will deal with what occurred in the 60 years between “The Hobbit” and “The Fellowship of the Ring.”

A lot of important stuff happens in that 60-year period, but to be honest, I’m not sure how you make a coherent movie out of it. However, with Peter Jackson involved (albeit not in the director’s chair), I have faith that it won’t suck. Anyway, after the jump, I’ve copy-and-pasted Wikipedia’s list of the events that occurred in that time period.

NOTE: The events of The Hobbit take place in the year 2941 of the Third Age. The events of The Lord of the Rings begin in 3001. (The movie version of the Fellowship of the Ring condenses the 17-year period between 3001 and 3018 to about fifteen minutes.)

June 22, 2942 – Bilbo Baggins returns to Bag End
2951 – Estel, later known as Aragorn, comes of age and is told about his heritage; the Corsairs of Umbar officially ally themselves with Mordor and destroy great monument commemorating Ar-Pharazôn’s victory over Sauron
2953 – Last meeting of the White Council. Fengel, 15th king of Rohan, dies. His son Thengel returns to Rohan to succeed him.
2956 – Aragorn first meets Gandalf the Grey
2957-2980 – Aragorn as Thorongil serves in the armies of King Thengel of Rohan, and Steward Ecthelion II of Gondor
September 22, 2968 – Frodo Baggins is born
2978 – Boromir is born
2980 – Arwen pledges her hand in marriage to Aragorn; Frodo Baggins loses both of his parents in a boating accident; Aragorn, in the service of the Steward of Gondor Ecthelion II leads a taskforce south and kills the Captain of the Haven, ruler of Umbar; Samwise Gamgee born; Théoden, son of Thengel, becomes 17th king of Rohan after the death of his father. Théoden is the last king of the second line.
2982 – Birth of Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry)
2983 – Birth of Faramir
2989 – Frodo Baggins comes under the guardianship of Bilbo Baggins; a company of Dwarves, led by Balin, try to recolonize Moria
2990 – Birth of Peregrin Took (Pippin)
2991 – Birth of Éomer
2994 – Balin is killed; the dwarf-colony in Moria is destroyed
2995 – Birth of Éowyn

8 Responses to “Peter Jackson to produce The Hobbit!!”

  1. Anonymous Hoosier says:

    As Peter Jackson et al. fill in those scanty details of the inter-Tolkien period (hardly enough there to make a plot, I daresay), I foresee the battle over the legitimacy of his work becoming a huge new war of the ring that shall consume all of nerd-dom for years, if not decades.

  2. Brendan Loy says:

    Heh. Indeed.

  3. Vicki from NJ says:

    Brendan, you make me smile! :)

  4. jlr says:

    ::ahem:: woo hoo!

    I enjoyed the LotR movies immensely (thought they aren’t exactly true to Tolkien, and I’ve waxed poetic before about movies that don’t … follow … the … book … exactly). I can’t wait.

    Brendan, do you remember when Cyndi H. used to call me Smaug while I was dating Kate? Or were you never around when she did that?

  5. 4-7 says:

    I think Sean Astin should play Bilbo. Ian Holm I imagine is unlikely to take the role. The movie should start with Sam reading to his kids from the red book and then flashback with Sam playing the role of Bilbo.

  6. 4-7 says:

    I think Sean Astin should play Bilbo. Ian Holm I imagine is unlikely to take the role. The movie should start with Sam reading to his kids from the red book and then flashback with Sam playing the role of Bilbo.

  7. Aaron says:

    Wonderful news. Hopefully the one all-important bit of casting, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, will happen soon.

  8. B. Minich says:


    Yes, we need to get the actors back. Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee (if they are doing two movies, they will have to feature Saruman), Cate Blanchett, and Hugo Weaving are musts. Heck, Legolas could have a cameo, since the Dwarves get imprisoned in his father’s kingdom. (On an unrelated note, wouldn’t it stink to be an Elven Prince, or even worse, the grandson of an Elven Prince? You’d never get the kingdom unless someone offed your father, his father, and his father before him. Basically, you’d be royalty that would never get a chance at ruling anything.)