PJ and GDT Chat Transcript Online

The transcript of the online chat with Peter Jackson and Guillermo Del Toro is online and can be found here.

Here are some of the main points that I found interesting:

  • Ian Holm will appear in some fashion in the film, but will likely depend on the physical demands of the role. They will know more once the script is finished.
  • Howard Shore will be back to score the films
  • GDT says Ron Perlman has a “good chance” of being the voice of Smaug, but he actually has “other plans” for using him in the film
  • Early production timeline according to Jackson: “the rest of this year and start early conceptual designs. 2009 will be dedicated to pre-production on both movies and 2010 will be the year we shoot both films back to back. Post productin follows one film at a time with The Hobbit being released Dec 2011, and F2 release Dec 2012.”
  • No serious casting moves will be made until next year
  • The second film does not have a title yet.
  • No decisions have been made about an online production blog
  • GDT: “I am all for trying to preserve every idiosyncrasy the novel has- the very things that seem

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