"[The movies will] be going when they've always said they would be, which is next spring - March or April," said McKellen. "Guillermo even told me at one point, 'We're going to film for 383 days'. He's got that artistic autism! [Producer Peter] Jackson's the same; they're very, very, very alike.
"They both can't stand Hollywood and have wonderful imaginations, and they're both obsessed with gore and fantasy. Both of them laugh a great deal. Guillermo's one of the most brilliant men I've ever met. His English vocabulary is way superior to mine!"
14 Oct 2009
Because Gandalf said so! - Sir Ian McKellen talks (again) about The Hobbit
Sir Ian McKellen has revealed that The Hobbit will take much longer then planned to be filmed. Gandalf himself told Empire that the film will be in production for 383 days in New Zealand under the direction of Guillermo del Toro, and that "the script will be delivered very soon".