It seems like the curse of delays have finally been lifted for The Hobbit. The prequel to the Lord of the Rings started filming today after years of unfortunate set backs. So…what went wrong?
As you may or may not know, The Hobbit has been in production limbo since the dawning of man. It all began when Guillermo Del Toro, the supposed director, quit his executive role and left the two films pilot-less. Thankfully, Peter Jackson saved the day and picked up the sweaty towel Toro threw down. This is the only set back I’m ok with. Next time, let’s keep the original director and avoid this hassle.
The second hitch was, of course, money related. Time Warner/Warner Bros threatened to pull away from New Zealand for fear of unions and their crazy contracts and possible boycotts. Eventually the government decided to give them tax breaks because they remembered how loaded their wallets were several years ago.
Peter Jackson has a shit ton of health problems. Everyone became a worry-wort when PJ lost all that weight. But he managed to keep on truckin’ throughout the Lord of the Rings production and all seemed well after that. Unfortunately, this last year, he had emergency surgery on a perforated ulcer that inevitably delayed filming. Is there some sort of cosmic being that doesn’t want this film to be made? My money’s on Sauron.
Even though I completely forgot about this project’s existence, I’m thrilled to say that we’ll be trolling through Middle Earth again starting in December 2012.