Hobbit Hype has begun

by Joey Paur

Empire Magazine's latest cover features Gollum from 'The Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings' stories. I know it's nothing we haven't really seen before, because we all know what Gollum looks like, but it just gets the geek in me excited that 'The Hobbit' movie is actually happening and before we know we will be sitting down in a movie theater watching it. The Magazine also has an exclusive interview with Guillermo Del Toro, in which he will discuss the next two Middle Earth films.

The two "Hobbit" films - "The Hobbit" and its sequel - are scheduled to be shot simultaneously, with pre-production beginning as soon as possible. Principal photography is tentatively set for a 2009 start, with the intention of "The Hobbit" release slated for 2010 and its sequel the following year, in 2011. Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh will serve as Executive Producers of two films based on "The Hobbit."

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