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THE HOBBIT IS COMING!!!!! WDW better get their act together and bid on Tolkien.

Discussion in 'WDW Parks News, Rumors and Current Events' started by JimboJones123, Dec 18, 2007.

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Will Tolkien's World and Disney World Collide?

  1. I'm Geeking out here -- I sure hope so....

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  2. No way Nerds!!!

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  3. Don't Care.

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  1. JimboJones123

    JimboJones123 Well-Known Member

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    PJ, NL, and MGM have all worked the deal out!!!!

    From AICN:



    ACADEMY AWARD-WINNER PETER JACKSON AND NEW LINE CINEMA JOIN WITH MGM TO PRODUCE “THE HOBBIT,” EAGERLY-ANTICIPATED FANTASY ADVENTURE EPIC
    NEW LINE AND MGM TO CO-PRODUCE AND SHARE WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS
    PETER JACKSON AND FRAN WALSH TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCE TWO FILMS BASED ON “THE HOBBIT”
    Los Angeles, CA (Tuesday, December 18, 2007) Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson; Harry Sloan, Chairman and CEO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM); Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs of New Line Cinema have jointly announced today that they have entered into the following series of agreements:
    * MGM and New Line will co-finance and co-distribute two films, “The Hobbit” and a sequel to “The Hobbit.” New Line will distribute in North America and MGM will distribute internationally.
    * Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh will serve as Executive Producers of two films based on “The Hobbit.” New Line will manage the production of the films, which will be shot simultaneously.
    * Peter Jackson and New Line have settled all litigation relating to the “Lord of the Rings” (LOTR) Trilogy.
    Said Peter Jackson, “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. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ is a legacy we proudly share with Bob and Michael, and together, we share that legacy with millions of loyal fans all over the world. We are delighted to continue our journey through Middle Earth. I also want to thank Harry Sloan and our new friends at MGM for helping us find the common ground necessary to continue that journey.”
    “Peter Jackson has proven himself as the filmmaker who can bring the extraordinary imagination of Tolkien to life and we full heartedly agree with the fans worldwide who know he should be making ‘The Hobbit,’” said Sloan, MGM’s Chairman and CEO. “Now that we are all in agreement on ‘The Hobbit,’ we can focus on assembling the production team that will capture this phenomenal tale on film.”
    Bob Shaye, New Line Co-Chairman and Co-CEO comments, “We are very pleased we have been able to resolve our differences, and that Peter and Fran will be actively and creatively involved with ‘The Hobbit’ movies. We know they will bring the same passion, care and talent to these films that they so ably accomplished with ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy.”
    “Peter is a visionary filmmaker, and he broke new ground with ‘The Lord of the Rings,’” notes Michael Lynne, New Line Co-Chairman and Co-CEO. “We’re delighted he’s back for ‘The Hobbit’ films and that the Tolkien saga will continue with his imprint. We greatly appreciate the efforts of Harry Sloan, who has been instrumental in helping us reach our new accord.”
    The two “Hobbit” films – “The Hobbit” and its sequel – are scheduled to be shot simultaneously, with pre-production beginning as soon as possible. Principal photography is tentatively set for a 2009 start, with the intention of “The Hobbit” release slated for 2010 and its sequel the following year, in 2011.
    The Oscar-winning, critically-acclaimed LOTR Trilogy grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide at the box-office. In 2003, “Return of the King” swept the Academy Awards, winning all of the eleven categories in which it was nominated, including Best Picture – the first ever Best Picture win for a fantasy film. The Trilogy’s production was also unprecedented at the time.
    For more information about “The Hobbit” films, please visit http://community.thehobbitsite.com.
    About New Line Cinema Corporation:
    Celebrating its 40th anniversary year, New Line Cinema is the most successful independent film company in the world. Its mission is to produce innovative, popular and profitable entertainment in the best creative environment. In addition to the production, marketing and distribution of theatrical motion pictures, the fully-integrated studio has divisions devoted to home entertainment, television, music, theater, merchandising and an international unit. In 2005, New Line partnered with HBO to form Picturehouse, a new theatrical distribution company to release independent films. A pioneer in franchise filmmaking, New Line’s Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most successful film franchises in history. New Line is a division of Time Warner, Inc. (TWX).
    About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.:
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world’s largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., Ventanazul, MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Domestic Networks LLC, MGM Distribution Co, MGM International Television Distribution In, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Worldwide Digital Media, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 120 countries. MGM ownership is as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), TPG (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
    About Peter Jackson/Wingnut Films:
    Peter Jackson is one of the world’s most successful filmmakers. His monumental achievement co-writing, co-producing and directing The Lord of the Rings trilogy (with fellow Academy Award winners and frequent collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens) earned a total of 30 Academy Award nominations and 17 Academy Awards. Jackson and Walsh received their first Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for their acclaimed film Heavenly Creatures. Jackson, through his New Zealand-based Wingnut Films banner, also was responsible for the globally successful 2005 remake of King Kong which earned over $500 million worldwide and 3 Academy Awards. Currently, Jackson is directing an adaptation of The Lovely Bones, from the acclaimed best-selling novel by Alice Sebold. He is also developing a trilogy of films with Steven Spielberg based on Tintin, the world renowned comic book series by Herge.



    Soooooooo.....

    Does WDW go for it? Will they answer the HP call w/Disney Hollywood Studios Middle Earth? Will it still be Disney Hollywood Studios if a 1/3rd of the park isn't based on Hollywood Productions? Disney Kiwi Studios does sound much more fun!!!!
     
  2. Mr.EPCOT

    Mr.EPCOT Active Member

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    I'm going to guess that Disney and MGM have had enough of each other. :lookaroun
     
  3. echoscot

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    I love the LOTR and the Hobbit, but I don't know that Disney necessarily has to have them. Right now New Line Cinema primarily owns the rights to that and has reached an agreement with MGM over the other rights.

    Originally it was Disney that had the rights, but didn't want to finance the full trilogy which is why Jackson shopped it out to other studios.

    Anyway, the film should be awesome and yes a theme park area/attraction would be cool with that stuff. But there are other cool ideas for theme park/attraction stuff besides that.
     
  4. hardcard

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    Mark my words... The Hobbit will flop.
     
  5. JimboJones123

    JimboJones123 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Except the fact that they still have active contracts with GMR....:lookaroun
     
  6. echoscot

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    On what do you base this? Is there some insider info we should share?
     
  7. Mr.EPCOT

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    :lookaroun
     
  8. JimboJones123

    JimboJones123 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    The Hobbit won't be the richest of attractions. If the "bridging" chapter is based mainly on unreleased text and notes -- the Hobbit will be just a preview. This also leaves the door WIDE open for much more.....
     
  9. echoscot

    echoscot New Member

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    Most of the talk on the Hobbit threads has focused on stuff from the Silmarillion (not my fav...a little too dry, like a school text book)
     
  10. T-i-doubleguher

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    I have no desire for Disney to implement LOTR or The Hobbit into theme park attractions.

    (Just as long as Universal doesn't either)

    :)
     
  11. bfbulldog

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    With all of the available characters Disney now has at it's disposal especially after the Pixar deal, I can safely say that there's not a chance they'd ever get involved with this. I also firmly believe that you'll never again see Disney do a theme park or even a themed area within Disney with the exception of Lucasfilm which would include characters that are not owned outright by either Disney or Pixar
     
  12. KrazyKemp

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    For the life of me, I cannot see Disney basing any attractions (or parades, or stuffed souvenirs for that matter) on "The Hobbit" or any of the "Lord of The Rings" movies.

    I do not believe this would be a wise investment.
     
  13. JimboJones123

    JimboJones123 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    And that's the real kicker huh...
     
  14. Tim G

    Tim G Well-Known Member

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    Soooo??

    It hasn't got ainything to do with Pixar, does it... :D

    So Disney's answer will be negative Sir.

    No Deal!
     
  15. hardcard

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    no. but the content is too plain and brain-level for todays mass appeal audience.. There is no wiz-bang like in LOTR, and it's going to disaapoint because of it..

    I would compare it to the modern jack-black King kong.... a nice try, but off the mark.....
     
  16. echoscot

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    Okay, I understand where you are coming from....although I kind of enjoyed King Kong, although you were right there, Jack Black was miscast, at least in my opinion.
     
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    This MGM isn't that MGM. Different companies.
     
  18. JimboJones123

    JimboJones123 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    So Star Wars=Pixar now?
     
  19. Tim G

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    Well... Star-Wars isn't exactly what we could call a new thing...
    I meant I don't think Disney (This new Disney) won't take anything if it isn't Pixar,or Pixar like...

    Just my opinion...

    But if Pixar would make a animated movie of it, they would agree to some sort of an attraction..

    Again, just my opinion...
     
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    All right, look, there's only one "Return," okay, and it ain't "of the King," it's "of the Jedi."
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