4 May 2010

Bilbo:' Wake Me Up When Ready' - Sir Ian McKellen's Latest News

Say 'Bye' to Bilbo...he is off to bed for now. Actually The Hobbit cartoon (1977) is the closest we can get to relive the adventures of Bilbo on a big screen at the moment. As you know the much talked about The Hobbit movie is sadly riddled with problems and has just been (once more) delayed. Few days ago I told you of how an IMAX Corporation 's press release clearly stated that The Hobbit is penciled in for 2013 a few hours later several bloggers and Internet sources reported that IMAX did get that wrong and that the real date is 2012 but the original press release was not changed and still states :'The Hobbit (2013)' . I must be honest with you...I am starting to get slightly pessimistic about The Hobbit prospects. How long shall The Hobbit be spelled LIMBO? In a world where global communication and 24 hours news are the norm its hard to deal with a curtain of silence around the production; you can almost feel the frustration of all those involved and fans alike. Sir Ian McKellen set to reprise the role of Gandalf, has been one of the few sources of 'bits' of news which Tolkien's fans all over the world are so desperate to hear. Currently he is in Australia staring in the stage production of Waiting for Godot. Speaking yesterday in Melbourne, Sir Ian did kind of let out a bit of news concerning The Hobbit.

“That should have started in April but they didnt contact me about a contract until a few weeks ago and we’re in negotiation. I shall see (director) Guillermo del Toro and (executive producer) Peter Jackson when I’m in New Zealand after we’ve been to Australia and well find out more then.I’ve read the script, or as much as had been written, they sent it to me, which was very accomplished and good, I thought, and a wonderful part, Gandalf. But I don’t have a contract and I don’t have a start date, so there we are. We’re in a bit of limbo at the moment” (Sir Ian McKellen on whatsplaying.com.au)

And the waiting goes on and on. I am trying to stay positive and look forward to the future. I will be in New Zealand in few months and I will try to find as much as I can locally by visiting Weta and Hobbiton movie set. I want to believe that Mr Baggins will be woken up very soon...I think he is ready for an other adventure.