Peter “Officially” Discusses Hobbit
Rumors continue to sweep thousands of websites and message boards concerning the status of The Hobbit movies. Rumors that MGM’s bankruptcy has finally enabled the moving forward of production have not been officially confirmed by the studio. In addition to that, there still exists negotiations between The Hobbit Movie and actor’s unions regarding the hiring of non-union actors. The rumor is that no deal has been made.
Finally, we hear it from the horse’s mouth (Peter Jackson). In an official interview with EmpireOnline, Jackson discusses the studio saga, saying :
“We’ve seen these reports before, reports saying there was going to be a green light in a couple of days — well, a week’s gone by and there isn’t one,” adds Jackson. “You can’t believe everything you read. There is only one thing you want to believe and that’s when the studio announces a greenlight. As far as I’m aware that’s not going to be today. I keep hearing positive things. Everyone’s working very hard. There’s a lot of people at Warner Bros. who are working around the clock trying to manoeuvre through the MGM complexities. MGM is a company that is about to go bankrupt and in a way they are about to take The Hobbit into bankruptcy hell with them when they go down. Warners are trying to extract The Hobbit out of the bankruptcy hell before it happens. It is just so complicated I can’t even put my head into it. It’s all to do with American copyright laws, bankruptcy laws. A lot of Warner Bros. lawyers are working round the clock at the moment trying to make it happen so let’s see.”
It is clear that Jackson does confirm that any progress has been made in moving forward with production. Time is of the essence with the Hobbit movies, as actors (such as Ian Mckellen) have already publicly discussed their own frustrations with the delay as well as possibilities of pulling out of the project. I cannot imagine Gandalf being replaced, however, this may be the case if delays continue.
We will keep you posted on any breaking news dealing with The Hobbit and hopefully soon will have official confirmation of the coveted “green light.”