Variety broke the news on Thursday – The Addams Family is headed back to the big screen, but this time not as a live action movie, but an animated flick.
I think the title speaks for itself, just sit back and enjoy.
Follow the jump for a side-by-side comparison of the actual The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug trailer.
Though Peter Weller isn’t involved in the RoboCop remake (that we know of), news that Gary Oldman has joined the cast, does make us giddy.
For those who simply can’t wait a few more weeks to see Captain America on the big screen, MGM’s Manufacturing on Demand program is releasing the 1990, Matt Salinger Captain America movie on DVD.
According to Mike Fleming over at Deadline, MGM has tapped Josh Zetumer to write the reboot to the RoboCop franchise. While a lot of positive word has been passed around regarding Zetumer’s work, one can’t help but notice that he writes a lot of big project scripts that then get passed on to someone else. Will this happen again, or will he finally get a break and be credited as the writer for the final draft?
With all the troubles the Hobbit movie has seen over the last couple of years (MGM going through bankruptcy, rights issues, union woes, and the director going into surgery), it finally looks like the movie will begin shooing March 21, 2011.
Anyone wanna take bets on if this two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book will get any other delays?
With all the MGM financial woes taken care of (for the most part) the studio can proceed with their movie lineup including the 23rd Bond film arriving in theaters in 2012.
The no-frills greenlight announcement also made official Daniel Craig’s return for a third outing as 007, with Sam Mendes to direct a screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. MGM had already been working up plans for a 2012 yearlong commemoration of the golden anniversary of the first Bond pic, 1962′s “Doctor No,” and Mendes had long been rumored to be the leading candidate to helm.
With an estimated budget of $200 million, questions still remain as to the title, leading actresses, and whether or not Judi Dench will return as M. Since the studio already remade Casino Royale, I wouldn’t mind seeing a modern take of Doctor No, even though the original is one of my favorite Bond films in the series.
Now that Peter Jackson has been named the director for the two Hobbit films, it is time to go actor hunting. Jackson and his partner, Fran Walsh have announced their first round of actors for the films with Martin Freeman set to play Bilbo Baggins.
The other actors include:
- Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
- Aidan Turner as Kili
- Rob Kazinsky as Fili
- Graham McTavish as Dwalin
- John Callen as Oin
- Stephen Hunter as Bombur
- Mark Hadlow as Dori
- Peter Hambleton – Gloin
Deadline is speculating that Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis will reprise their roles as Gandalf and Gollum, and it is rumored that James Nesbitt and David Tennant are in consideration for a couple roles.
Shooting begins in February 2011 – though the location has yet to be finalized (Hint: New Zealand), with the films to be released in 2012 and 2013.
Propworx has announced that it is teaming with MGM to auction off many of the costumes and props from the Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis series.
According to Production Weekly, shooting for the Hobbit will begin in June.Â The money and script issues seem to finally be solved, which is a good thing for MGM, and if everything goes well, production should wrap in 14 months.Â For MGM this means money could be easily rolling in come 2012.
Fans of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movie are going to have to wait a little longer. According to Peter Jackson, filming will now begin towards the middle of 2010.
â€œWeâ€™re currently working on the second script which we hope to have completed by the end of this year or beginning of next. When the scripts are completed, we can begin with the exact calculation of the necessary budget. We hope to start filming in the middle of next year. However, weâ€™ve received no green light from the studio yet.â€
Perhaps MGM’s money problems will affect The Hobbit after all.With the auctioning off of assets just around the corner, Jackson and company are going to feel the budget pinch on this movie greater than they ones encountered during Lord of the Rings.Â If things do not end well for MGM, the fate of the Hobbit could be up in the air once more.