Peter Jackson says Hobbit Script is Done

Peter Jackson spoke with Moviefone to clear up any rumors about start dates, casting, and any possible delays.  Here's what he said:

"We've just delivered the script. Literally last week, we delivered the second of the two screenplays -- the first draft. So the studio's got both scripts now, which is a milestone; and if anything was holding it up, it was us doing the screenplays, because we'd just been writing as fast as we can, but it took us this long to get them finished. So we take whatever responsibility there is for the speed. And we're now in the process of budgeting the films, and then hopefully we'll get to a budget the studio [people] are happy with, and they'll greenlight the movies and we'll announce the shooting dates. I'd be pretty optimistic that we'll be shooting before the end of the year. I would imagine October, November, we'd be shooting by. I'm not announcing it, though."

Wow... that's a lot longer than originally thought.  We all anticipated filming this summer, but clearly there's still a LOT of pre-production work and approvals to get before the production team can actually work on set.  Here's to hoping that the film doesn't get delayed any longer...

And with this news, it seems almost certain The Hobbit won't get released to theatres until 2012 (at the earliest).  *sigh*

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