The Hobbit film saga

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  • Peter Jackson sues New Line Cinema, which owns the rights to The Hobbit

    Peter Jackson sues New Line Cinema, which owns the rights to The Hobbit
    Jackson said he wanted an audit to see if New Line had deprived him of money from The Lord of the Rings.
  • MGM says it's interested in making The Hobbit with Peter Jackson and New Line

    MGM says it's interested in making The Hobbit with Peter Jackson and New Line
  • New Line rules out Peter Jackson being involved in The Hobbit

    New Line rules out Peter Jackson being involved in The Hobbit
    New Line co-chairman Bob Shaye tells the Sci-Fi Channel the ongoing legal dispute over lost revenue means he won't work with Jackson.
  • Peter Jackson announced as executive producer of The Hobbit and its sequel

    Peter Jackson announced as executive producer of The Hobbit and its sequel
  • Tolkein's estate sues New Line, asking courts to block production of The Hobbit

    Tolkein's estate sues New Line, asking courts to block production of The Hobbit
    The Tolkein estate was asking for US$150m it said it was owed from The Lord of the Rings films.
  • MGM halts development on The Hobbit, wanting Jackson involved

  • Guillermo del Toro hired to direct the films

    Guillermo del Toro hired to direct the films
  • Pre-production begins, with scripts being written by del Toro, Jackson, Walsh and Phillipa Boyens

    Pre-production begins, with scripts being written by del Toro, Jackson, Walsh and Phillipa Boyens
  • New Line backs down, saying they'd love Peter Jackson to be involved

    New Line backs down, saying they'd love Peter Jackson to be involved
  • Tolkein estate settles suit against New Line, clearing way for The Hobbit films

    Tolkein estate settles suit against New Line, clearing way for The Hobbit films
  • Story outlines and treatments ends, work on screenplay begins. Filming planned for 2010 in NZ.

    Story outlines and treatments ends, work on screenplay begins. Filming planned for 2010 in NZ.
  • First film predicted to be out in Decemeber 2011, sequel to follow one year later

    First film predicted to be out in Decemeber 2011, sequel to follow one year later
  • Jackson predicts filming will start in mid-2010

    Jackson predicts filming will start in mid-2010
  • First film release delayed until late 2012

    First film release delayed until late 2012
  • del Toro leaves The Hobbit, citing delays caused by MGM's financial troubles

    del Toro leaves The Hobbit, citing delays caused by MGM's financial troubles
  • International Federation of Actors issues Do Not Work order on The Hobbit

    International Federation of Actors issues Do Not Work order on The Hobbit
    The union is unhappy of non-union labour on the film.
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  • Peter Jackson announced as director, Hobbit greenlit for filming in 3D

    Peter Jackson announced as director, Hobbit greenlit for filming in 3D
  • Hobbit tipped to move to the UK

    Hobbit tipped to move to the UK
    Jackson releases a statement saying the film could move offshore, prompting Government action.
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  • Hobbit cast announced, with Martin Freeman set to play Bilbo

    Hobbit cast announced, with Martin Freeman set to play Bilbo
  • Thousands march to keep Hobbit in NZ

    Thousands march to keep Hobbit in NZ
    About 2000 people turned out to a rally in Wellington's Civic Square, with thousands more rallying in Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Queenstown and Matamata.
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  • PM meets with Warner Bros

    PM meets with Warner Bros
    Prime Minister John Key meets with Warner Bros executives to thrash out a deal, which might include changes to industrial relations laws.
  • Hobbit confirmed to be made in NZ

    Hobbit confirmed to be made in NZ
    Prime Minister John Key announces the two Hobbit movies will be made in New Zealand.Mr Key also said The Hobbit will get a $15 million tax rebate - $7.5m per film.
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