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JRR Tolkien

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Today would have been JRR Tolkien’s 120th birthday.

To celebrate, Tom Hawking, the contributing editor over at Flavorwire has put together a gallery of beautiful and strange editions of Lord of the Rings  and The Hobbit from around the world. The list includes Professor Tolkien’s *least* favorite cover art as well as bizarre interpretations from Poland (which really should surprise no one who has seen CHUD’s extensive coverage of Polish movie posters) and other international editions.

To see an exhaustive listing of Tolkien cover art, please visit the Tolkien Book Covers Gallery and The Tolkien Library

Here are my personal favorites, some from Tom’s list and others from The Tolkien Book Covers Gallery.

The original | Polish Edition | British Folio Edition | 2005 Houghton-Mifflin set | Finnish Edition

So, please join me in raising a glass and toasting the author of one of the most enduring and beloved books in the English language:




TheOneRing.net has net has announced that Guillermo del Toro has pulled out of The Hobbit!!

Guillermo Del Toro has left Hobbiton!“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”.

I don’t know if you were paying attention, but last week there were a bunch of drama surrounding whether The Hobbit has been greenlit or not, whether it was going to be in 3D or not. It now seems like it’s going to be living in Production Development Hell for a while longer even though  Warner Bros. has scheduled the first movie for release in December 2012.

It’s really unfortunate that del Toro couldn’t hold out any longer, and I can’t blame him. The financial clusterfuck at MGM must be driving everyone crazy. At least he’s still working on the script.

The question becomes, who does Peter Jackson get to direct the movie? Is he going to do it himself? Is there another director out there who can carry such a content heavy, visually stylized movie?

UPDATE: EW is reporting the Peter Jackson is not able to direct due to other commitments:

So who could take Del Toro’s place? Not Jackson. “As for Peter directing,” writes Kamins from New Zealand, “that’s not something he can consider at this time as he has other commitments to other projects. But make no mistake, Peter and Fran’s commitment to the franchise is total and will do everything necessary to protect the films and the investment made by New Line, [parent company] Warner Bros. and MGM.”

The HobbitLots of reports floating around regarding the release date of The Hobbit – Part 1. MTV is claiming that we won’t be having many meetings until December 2013, while Reuters is saying that no, the party is expected to happen in December of 2012.

The confusion can be traced back to an earlier report in the Wall Street Journal that IMAX and Warner Bros. have inked a deal to release 20 movies between now and 2013. Fifteen films, such as the new Superman, Batman and Dark Shadows (directed by Tim Burton, how cool is that?) do not have firm release dates as of yet. The remaining five – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1 & 2, Happy Feet 2, and The Hobbit, all are locked into their dates.  In The Hobbit’s case, it was slated for a December 2013 release.

Well, I guess someone forgot to mention that there are two Hobbit movies coming out and the One Ring.net confirms that the first installment will indeed be coming out in December 2012.

Well, that is a little disappointing as most fans were expecting to see the movie sometime in 2011.

Peter Jackson What was disturbing me was news that Peter Jackson had just completed the second script, and handed it in for approval last week. He even mentioned in interviews that the two movies aren’t even greenlit yet. Seems the financial strife over at MGM is throwing a monkey wrench into the proceedings. Based on the announcement today from Warner Bros., it would be hard not to conclude that the movies have indeed secured financing and are slated to begin production soon.


And hopefully this means we’ll get some solid casting information coming down the pike. We all know Ian McKellan is coming back, so it remains to be seen who else will be rounding out the cast (James McAvoy as Bilbo, my precioussssss!)

Ian McKellen as Gandalf the GreyI love Ian McKellen.  There’s just something so affable about him.  He’s like that uncle who would always sneak you some candy two minutes before dinner was served just because your mother expressly forbid it.

At any rate, Sir Ian posted on his website that principle shooting on The Hobbit will begin sometime in July, pushed back from the June start that had been previously reported.

THE HOBBIT’s, two films, start shooting in New Zealand in July.  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.

I’m so excited!  Hopefully the reference to old friends means that we’ll see Cate Blanchett, Viggo Mortensen and Hugo Weaving reprising their roles. None of these are confirmed according to IMDB. Neither is the involvement of perennial Del Toro favorites Ron Perlman and Doug Jones, although both would be awesome wherever they are cast (Perlman as Thorin? Please? Pretty please with cheese on top?)

At any rate, pop by Sir Ian’s website when you get the chance.  It’s a great read.