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Warner Bros. Takes On International Distribution for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 6, 2011 at 9:15AM

Warner Bros. has reached a deal to handle the international theatrical and video distribution on MGM's behalf for Peter Jackson's Lord of The Rings trilogy prequel, The Hobbit (in two parts), adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's novel. MGM will oversee international television licensing for the films and both studios will collaborate on the films' marketing and release.
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Warner Bros. has reached a deal to handle the international theatrical and video distribution on MGM's behalf for Peter Jackson's Lord of The Rings trilogy prequel, The Hobbit (in two parts), adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's novel. MGM will oversee international television licensing for the films and both studios will collaborate on the films' marketing and release.

The films start shooting in digital 3-D this February with Jackson in the directors seat---in New Zealand, finally. The script is penned by trilogy mainstays Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and one-time director Guillermo del Toro. The first film is set for a December 2012 release and the second for December 2013.

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Studios, News, Marketing, Exhibition, Production , Peter Jackson, Lord of the Rings/Hobbit, Warner Bros./New Line, MGM/UA, 3D


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.