If you’re hella excited about this project (and you are by no means the only one) you are going to have to wait a bit longer to find out the vital nuts and bolts such as casting info according to once-fat-now-thin hobbitmaster Peter Jackson.
It was rumored that Jackson, set up as a producer on The Hobbit, a prequel to his monstrously successful Lord of the Rings series, would announce important news about the project at this year’s ComiCon in San Diego. Not the case he tells Empire magazine. Jackson said that they will not decide on the casting of Bilbo Baggins, the hero of The Hobbit later played in Lord of the Rings by Ian Holm, for quite some time. The filmmakers are knee deep in the script right now and want to make sure they have a solid first draft before they go to actors.
Jackson also said he is undecided on his next directorial project after he wraps The Lovely Bones. He entertained the notion that Tenemaire, Naomi Novik’s fantasy novel series about French and English armies fighting in the Napoleonic Wars with dragons at their sides, is still in the cards for adaptation. But Jackson also said there are a number of projects in development that he could potentially direct for next year.
I have nothing but love for Jackson, and I really admire his choice to take all the clout that he generated from Lord of the Rings and use it make King Kong right after it because he knew there wasn’t a better time. But after directing three of the biggest movies of all time, I can’t say I would blame him if he took a few years off. I mean, it took James Cameron eleven years to make Avatar, so a little rest might not be inappropriate.
As for The Hobbit, I would rather they took the time to get it right rather than rush along in order to satisfy the fans. The more I think about this one, the more I like the idea of it.