Jackson signs on as Hobbit scribe

August 21st, 2008 - 12:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Los Angeles, Aug 21 (DPA) Peter Jackson and the other members of the team that wrote the “Lord of The Rings” film trilogy have signed on to pen the movie’s Hobbit prequels, according to reports.The two Hobbit movies will be directed by Guillermo del Toro, who will join Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, in adapting the J.R.R. Tolkien book for the screen, Variety reported Wednesday.

The news caps off an eight-month search for a scribe to tackle the coveted task of bringing the literary classic to the big screen.

“The Hobbit”, written by Tolkien for his children years before the “Rings” trilogy, follows a young Bilbo Baggins, who finds his comfortable life turned upside down when the wizard Gandalf takes him on a journey for a hoard of treasure that involves trolls, humans, Gollum and his ring of invisibility, and a dragon named Smaug.

The films will be shot simultaneously starting in late 2009 with the first movie hitting screens in 2011.

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