Jackson To Begin Casting For The Hobbit
There has been more negative press coming out of The Hobbit camp than England’s FA Headquarters over the last month. We had people claiming the project was going to be delayed indefinitely and even Sir Ian McKellan suggesting that he wouldn’t have been too bothered if the project got scrapped all together! So it is with great relief that we bring you rather more uplifting news this morning.
According to reports, Peter Jackson is not only very close to agreeing a deal to helm the prequels to his definitive trilogy, The Lord Of The Rings, but is currently hunting for a team of actors to help him bring Middle Earth to life once more.
Jackson and casting director Victoria Burrows have been in Los Angeles since Saturday to meet with actors for the J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation says The Hollywood Reporter. The duo are also expected to make trips to New York and London to assemble the international cast.
Jackson is apparently on the verge of signing a deal with Warner Bros to direct the two-part project, but co-backers MGM’s financial problems are still preventing the movie from getting a greenlight.
Jackson was initially reluctant to revisit the genre, but is believed to be ready to accept new terms as long as Warner Bros and MGM are prepared to fast-track the blockbusters to get them into cinemas in 2012 and 2013.