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Guillermo Del Toro Leaves Adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

33798.jpgMexican director Guillermo Del Toro has decided not to direct an upcoming adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s beloved novel, The Hobbit.

Here’s Del Toro’s statement at OneRing.net: “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 … 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.”

Del Toro (pictured) directed the live-action adaptation Hellboy and the award winning Pan’s Labyrinth. He was also the co-author of the vampire novel, The Strain.

First Glimpse of Alice Sebold Film

9780316168816_154X233.jpgDirector Peter Jackson has released a trailer for his adaptation of Alice Sebold‘s bestselling novel, “The Lovely Bones.”

Jackson directed the acclaimed adaptation of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and the trailer showcases some of his trademark fantastical landscapes. The actors starring in the filmed version of the bestselling novel include Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, and Stanley Tucci.

Here’s more from Paste Magazine: “The expansive cast is made up mostly of veterans, but the girl at the center is Saoirse Ronan, who was a knockout in another high-profile literary adaptation, Atonement. The trailer is a little exploitative (which the movie no doubt will be, too), but the earnest beauty is hard to resist.”

J. R. R. Tolkien Marathon in Iran

return1.gifWhat message does J. R. R. Tolkien‘s epic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy send about government, political unrest, and revolution?

According to a Time Magazine dispatch with the protective byline “A Time Reporter in Tehran,” one Iranian television is playing Peter Jackson‘s film adaptation of Tolkien’s story to calm the populace. The writer watches the movie with a family, wondering how millions of Iranians will interpret this televised message.

Here’s an excerpt: “[The wizard Gandalf] casts a blinding white light, his face hidden behind a halo. Someone blurts out, “Imam zaman e?!” (Is it the Imam?!) It is a reference, of course, to the white-bearded Ayatullah Khomeini, who is respectfully called Imam Khomeini. But ‘Imam’ is at the same time a title of the Mahdi, a messianic figure that Muslims believe will come to save true believers from powerful evildoers at the time of the apocalypse.” (Via Tim O’Reilly)

Spielberg & Jackson Team up for Tintin

The Guardian reports that Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are teaming up to bring the adventures of Tintin, Belgium’s famous globe-trotting reporter, to the big screen, the end of a 25 year hunt on Spielberg’s part to secure the rights to the comic strip character. Spielberg and Jackson will joint-produce three back-to-back features, based on Herge‘s comic book character, with each directing one film. It is as yet unclear who will direct the third movie. The films will be shot in 3-D, using motion capture technology, a technique by which an actor’s movements are recorded and used to create an animated character. Jackson used the technique on the Lord of the Rings films to create Gollum.

Production could begin as early as this autumn, when Spielberg has wrapped filming on Indiana Jones 4. Jackson is expected to complete production on The Lovely Bones, his adaptation of the Alice Sebold bestseller, at the end of this year.

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