Anyone who is a fan of The Lord Of The Rings movies, the books of J.R.R. Tolkien, or Guillermo del Toro as a director is surely excited at the prospect of The Hobbit coming to our big screens in the future. However, reports over the weekend suggest that The Hobbit could have already been delayed until 2012.
I say reports because they are wholly unsubstantiated at this point. Even the origin of the report is unclear with many sources being cited but none actually ringing true. There’s also the fact that this delay rumor seems to come from the blogosphere rather than the studio or anyone actually involved with the project that make me think it’s all hokum.
The original report claimed that shooting had been postponed from this Winter to 2010, meaning the release date had also slipped. But what’s strange is that I hadn’t heard anything about shotting beginning in the Winter anyway so quite how a non-existent start date could be put back is unclear.
Whatever the truth is, I’m willing to wait however long it takes for del Toro and Peter Jackson to get The Hobbit movies exactly right. Woe betide the pair of them if they sully Tolkien’s memory by producing a movie that doesn’t do either the book or The Lord Of The Rings movies justice.