Ian McKellen Says Hobbit Scripts Coming Soon, Filiming Will Last 383 Days

Ian McKellen as Gandalf the GreyIan McKellen as Gandalf the GreyIan McKellen spoke with Empire Magazine letting us all know that the scripts for The Hobbit films will be delivered soon (and filming will last 383 days).  Here's the important stuff Sir McKellen said in the article (or go here for the full article):

"The scripts for the two films will be delivered very soon. Then they'll be budgeted, and then they'll be cast. And they'll be going when they've always said they would be, which is next spring – March or April. Guillermo even told me at one point, 'We're going to film for 383 days.' He's got that artistic autism! Jackson's the same; they're very, very, very alike. They also very different, but they've so much in common. 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!"

"Unforunately, there won't be many of the actors going back, unless they're going to put masks on and be disguised as dwarves! Andy Serkis is, at the moment, I think, the only other actor who's doing this film."

Looks like we'll be in for the long haul once the filming gets started. Actually filming lasted for 274 days for LOTR, which makes this filming 109 days longer.  Kind of odd, if you ask me--but exciting to know they'll be committed to the films for such an extended shoot.

Or maybe there's another reason for an extended shoot... any ideas?

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