The Hobbit

The drama surrounding the production of The Hobbit is really starting to get annoying. We have all heard the hype regarding Guillermo del Toro as the director, and Ian Mckellen and Andy Serkis‘ return yet there’s still a major roadblock. According to TheOneRing, production on the film has been delayed.

Peter Jackson recently gave an update on The Hobbit, while out promoting The Lovely Bones, and stated that the film is expected to start production in the middle of next year.

“We’re currently working on the second script which we hope to have completed by the end of this year or beginning of next. When the scripts are completed, we can begin with the exact calculation of the necessary budget. We hope to start filming in the middle of next year. However, we’ve received no green light from the studio yet.”

This was an English language translation taken from an interview on the German site, The fact that a film of this magnitude hasn’t been greenlit isn’t a good sign. Perhaps MGM’s monetary problems are a lot worse than their letting on. Obviously, if they can’t afford to produce the first film how will they tackle the second? The Hobbit is supposed to be broken into two parts, and there isn’t even a greenlight on the first. No wonder we don’t know who’s going to play Bilbo Baggins in the series. They have a few other things the need to take care of first.

What do you think of The Hobbit’s future?