Sir Ian McKellen is playing Gandalf again in Guillermo del Toro’s adaption of The Hobbit.
Over on his website McKellen had some interesting news:
THE HOBBIT’s, two films, start shooting in New Zealand in June. Filming will take over a year. Casting in Los Angeles, New York City and London has started. The script too proceeds. The first draft is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle Earth.
The director Guillermo del Toro is now living in Wellington, close to the Jacksons’ and the studio in Miramar.
Been a while since there has been any movement on the new Heavy Metal sci-fi anthology animated movie. Now author Neal Asher (check out my interview with him) has some more info on who will be directing and writing the various sections for the film – some top directors involved. I wonder if Cameron’s would have any ties to the Avatar universe?
Pre-release Information – A $50 million budget 3D CG animated movie based on the magazine. This probably won’t have any stories from the first 1981 movie, however like the first one, it will feature around seven or eight different stories. Each segment will be directed by a different person. The title to this movie hasn’t been chosen yet. This current title is just a placeholder.
Executive Producer – David Fincher and James Cameron
Producer – Kevin Eastman and Tim Miller
Director – David Fincher (1 segment)
Director – James Cameron (1 segment)
Director – Zack Snyder (1 segment, a story that Kevin Eastman wrote)
Director – Gore Verbinski (1 segment)
Director – Mark Osborne (1 segment, a comedy with Jack Black)
Director – Tim Miller (1 segment)
Director – Jeff Fowler (1 segment)
Director – Kevin Eastman (tentatively 1 segment)
Director – Guillermo del Toro (tentatively 1 segment)
Director – Rob Zombie (tentatively 1 segment)
Writer – Marc Laidlaw (1 segment)
Writer – Steve Niles (1 segment)
Writer – Joe Haldeman (1 segment)
Writer – Neal Asher (1 segment)
Writer – Kevin Eastman (1 segment, a story that Zack Snyder will direct)
? – Jack Black (a comedy segment that Mark Osborne will direct. No details on how he’s involved, but most likely will be an actor)
? – Jhonen Vasquez (no details on how he’s involved, but most likely will be a writer)
Which of the writers and directors excites you the most?
Matthew Goode has been busy since starring as Ozymandias in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen. The 31 year old actor starred in A Single Man with Colin Firth that is loved by the critics, he’s about to be seen with Amy Adams in the romantic comedy Leap Year and he is also in Ricky Gervais’ Cemetery Junction.
It also turns out that he recently auditioned for the role of Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo del Toro’s adaption of The Hobbit. Something which the 6ft 2 actor found quite funny when speaking to The Telegraph.
Now he’s a father, Goode doesn’t even like travelling that much. But just before we met, he’d auditioned for the role of Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo del Toro’s two-part film of The Hobbit. As he is the first to admit, he’s not an obvious choice – ‘Look at the size of me for Christ’s sake!’ If he got the part, he would, he says, find it almost impossible to refuse – despite the fact that it would involve him spending several months in New Zealand.
No word on how he got on at the audition or who else has been looked at. Still wondering when we’ll get some more info on who’ll be in it and playing what. Also it is currently down for a 2011 release but that could be pushed back to 2012.
Guillermo del Toro has been talking to Total Film about his work with Peter Jackson on the adaption of The Hobbit. He mentions what we can expect to see in the film, what extras they are adding and touches on the designs of the creatures including Smaug.
However, there is still no word on who’ll be playing Bilbo or how Ron Perlman will appear.
“I was calmly laying out the next decade of my life when The Hobbit appeared,” he laughs. “I was preparing all these things and all of a sudden The Hobbit shows up and takes over my life.”
“We are respecting the structure established by Professor Tolkien because the order of the adventures in The Hobbit is well known to generations and generations of kids. You don’t want to be moving stuff like that.
But we will be integrating Gandalf’s comings and goings because he does disappear in the book quite often.
So, as opposed to the book, we see where he goes and what happens to him.”
The main thing I want to know is what will the creatures of Middle Earth look like in the new films (it will be in two parts in case you didn’t know).
“The way I phrased it to Weta, I said we would keep the DNA in the same gene pool as the Rings trilogy, but that we would generate a different type of character. For example, in the trilogy most of the creatures are brutish or inarticulate.
In The Hobbit, the creatures speak: Smaug has beautiful lines of dialogue; the Great Goblin has beautiful lines of dialogue; many creatures do. So we had to design them with a different approach because you are not just designing things that are scary.
I also wanted some of the monsters in The Hobbit to be majestic.
I wanted the Wargs to have a certain beauty so that you don’t have a massively clear definition: what is beautiful is good and what is ugly is not. Some of the monsters are absolutely gorgeous.
I think one of the designs I’m the proudest of is Smaug. Obviously he took the longest.
It’s actually still active: we’re finishing his colour palette and a little bit of the texture. But the bulk of the design took about a year, solid. It’s because of the unique features of the dragon.
Early in production I came up with a very strong idea that would separate Smaug from every other dragon ever made. The problem was implementing that idea. But I think we’ve nailed it.”
I wonder how Smaug will be different from any other dragon. Can’t wait to see some images from the film.
Here is our first look at Vincenzo Natali’s Splice, starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro.
Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. Named “Dren” (Delphine Chanéac), the creature rapidly develops from a deformed female infant into a beautiful but dangerous winged human-chimera, who forges a bond with both of her creators – only to have that bond turn deadly.
Dren still has the whole Herr Starr from Preacher thing going on with her head.
Guillermo del Toro posted a message over on deltorofilms regarding the Cronos Criterion DVD and the Mimic Director’s Cut DVD.
CRONOS is evolving nicely. We are including a NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE version of GEOMETRIA (1987) the short that I made for 1 thousand bucks and that I was never able to finish the way I wanted it. NOW I re-finsihed it for this disc (dont worry, no CGI or fancy stuff) and I like it- I never did before- but now I do.
CRONOS has never looked so beautiful and we found dozens of photographs of the making of the device, etc
MIMIC is looking fabulous. Some of the negative had been lost but we found alternatives and are finishing the Director’s Cut. VERY HAPPY!!
This is very exciting news as Cronos is a simply brilliant film and I can’t wait to get a nice clean version of the film. Mimic was flawed but did have a good concept and some spooky imagery. It will be interesting to see what changes are made to it in the Director’s Cut.
As long time readers of the site will know I love me a bit of Lovecraft. It just spooks the hell out of me and fires my imagination (plus The Call of Cthulhu RPG is great as well). Now, thanks to io9, I have found out about this cool sounding documentary about the man himself.
A chronicle of the life, work and mind that created the Cthulhu mythos.
Not only is it about Lovecraft it also features interviews with some great people – Guillermo Del Toro, Neil Gaiman, John Carpenter, Peter Straub, Stuart Gordon, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Ramsey Campbell, S.T. Joshi, Andrew Migliore and Robert M. Price.
MGM has landed support from key lenders to allow it to proceed with its participation in The Hobbit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A recent proposal by MGM’s new CEO Steve Cooper to defer interest payments on its debt load for the next three months on Thursday won a crucial endorsement from J.P. Morgan.
The investment firm leads a lenders steering committee that has been agitating for a dramatic restructuring of the Lion’s operations and its ownership structure. In exchange for an agreement to limited interest forbearance, J.P. Morgan secured a few changes in existing debt terms.
Concern over MGM’s hold on Hobbit is at the heart of the activity. In a 50-50 rights partnership with Warner Bros.’ New Line unit, two Hobbit pics are being developed.
The first Hobbit aims for theatrical release in 2011, with Guillermo del Toro on board to direct that and a sequel. Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and del Toro are writing scripts for both and are expected to deliver the first screenplay by the end of November.
A few days ago Guillermo del Toro announced he had a big announcement to make on a new project he was working that involved the letter Dhe will partner with the Walt Disney Company to leverage that imagination and produce new films under the label “Disney Double Dare You.” Announced at the company’s D23 Expo, the new partnership will look to create new all-ages animated projects that still manage to thrill and frighten.
“It is part of the Disney canon to create thrilling, unforgettable moments and villains in all their classic films,” del Toro said. “It is my privilege for DDY to continue in this tradition.”
Their first film together will be a film titled “Trollhunters,” which del Toro will fit into a schedule that already includes his “Hobbit” movies.
“I look forward to coming up with fresh and original stories that will take Disney films in a whole new direction,” he stated. “The emphasis is on fun, and we have some great ideas already on the storyboards.”
I feel this is great news as del Toro makes some excellent dark fairytales. Plus it gives Disney a chance to go a bit darker if need be which is good news for certain Marvel characters.