With filming set to begin this February, studios and cinema websites are in a frenzy publishing news related to the upcoming Tolkien blockbusters (yes, The Hobbit will be split into two movies).
Warner Brothers and MGM recently announced through press release that the the two studio giants have reached a deal on distribution rights for The Hobbit. Warner Bros. Pictures will officially handle all international theatrical and video distribution responsibilities for both Hobbit films. From the press release: “This arrangement results in Warner Bros. Pictures handling the bulk of worldwide distribution, while MGM will handle international television licensing for the films. MGM and WB will work collaboratively to coordinate marketing and release plans worldwide.”
In news also related to the Hobbit, TheOneRing.net is exclusively reporting that Elijah Wood, who played Frodo in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings adaptations, will return once more Tolkien’s world in the upcoming Hobbit adaptation. TheOneRing has the scoop on exactly what role Wood will play, which it says contains “major spoilers”, but promises fans that reasons for Wood’s inclusion in the films are “organic and natural and might not upset some of the most ardent purists.”
[Thanks to Jonathan H. and TheOneRing.net]