Guillermo del Toro has announced he is leaving "The Hobbit" after spending the last two years developing the J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation. He's simply frustrated with the production's repeated delays. But del Toro would continue to serve as one of the co-writers of the screenplays along with Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Phillippa Boyens.
Here's del Toro's explanation of why he's leaving from theonering.net.:
“In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming “The Hobbit,” I am faced with the hardest decision of my life”, says Guillermo. “After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures. I remain grateful to Peter, Fran and Philippa Boyens, New Line and Warner Brothers and to all my crew in New Zealand. I’ve been privileged to work in one of the greatest countries on earth with some of the best people ever in our craft and my life will be forever changed. The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wlsh the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director”.
Now, the stuff.co is reporting that Jackson may step in to direct "The Hobbit" "if it becomes the only way to ensure the US$150 million (NZ$219m) film is made after the sudden departure of director Guillermo del Toro."
Here's a neat snapshot of the long road to "The Hobbit" courtesy of stuff.com:
2003: The Lord of Rings trilogy earns US$2.91 billion (NZ$4.2 b) at the box office
December 2007: New Line Cinema and MGM announce that Jackson and Fran Walsh will be executive producers of The Hobbit, a two-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings, to be largely shot in Wellington. Tentative start date on filming is 2009.
April 2008: Guillermo del Toro joins as director and co-screenwriter with Jackson, Walsh and Philippa Boyens.
July 2009: Jackson says The Hobbit still technically has to get "the green light" from the studios and has no budget.
November 2009: MGM, US$3.7 billion (NZ$5.4b) in debt, is put up for sale.
March 2010: Del Toro says studios are considering making the film in 3-D.
April 2010: The 23rd James Bond film, another MGM project, is postponed indefinitely.
Last week: While promoting the film Splice , of which he is an executive producer, del Toro says he has been in a "tangled negotiation" with The Hobbit because of problems with MGM.
And then del Toro quit.
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"Footloose" the remake has been plagued with various dramas. First, Zac Efron was hired for the remake to be directed by his "High School Musical" helmer Kenny Ortega. Then, the actor dropped out, only to be replaced by Chace Crawford. Then, both Crawford and Ortega dropped out, and now, director Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow") is set to helm.
Well, Paramount has announced a casting call and the studio mentioned that production for "Footloose" is set to begin this summer. Are you interested to join the production? If you are, take a look below and GOOD LUCK!
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James McAvoy has been hired to play the role of Charles Xavier in "X-Men: First Class." Previously played by Patrick Stewart in the original "X-Men" films, "First Class" aims for younger viewers and will tell how the professor organizes the X-Men band of mutants to fight the good fight.
Here's the logline of the film:
"X-Men: First Class, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men."
Director Matthew Vaughn, the guy who gave us "Kick-Ass," is set to start shooting this summer.
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Marc Webb, the director behind the new "Spider-Man" reboot, has been meeting with various actors to don the super hero tights. Keep in mind, there has been no screen tests conducted at this stage yet, and Columbia Pictures and the director are still in search of their actor who could be Peter Parker. So who are on the short list?
First, we have Jamie Bell, the 24-year old English actor who stole our hearts playing "Billy Elliot." Among the "Spider-Man" hopefuls, Bell is the most experienced starring in films like "King Kong," "Defiance," "Nicholas Nickleby," and "Jane Eyre." Bell is also working with Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg for "The Adventures of Tintin."
Then we have Alden Ehrenreich, who has a juicy backstory according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was "discovered by Spielberg, who saw a comedy video starring Ehrenreich at a bat mitzvah of his daughter’s friend."
Third is Frank Dillane whose claim to fame was last year's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" where he played a young Tom Riddle.
Fourth is Andrew Garfield who gained attention with the British TV movie "Red Riding." Garfield has appeared in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and will be next seen in "The Social Network," the Facebook movie from director David Fincher.
And last but not least is Josh Hutcherson who turns 18 this year and is the youngest of the "Spider-Man" bunch. I met this actor for the "Bridge to Terabithia" press junket and you could see his potential. Since then, he has appeared with Brendan Fraser in "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and will be next seen in Focus' "The Kids Are All Right."
Columbia is not commenting on the casting process right now, but the studio wants to begin production by the end of year.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
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