Jackson doesn’t know what the hell we’re all talking about.
In an interview with Collider, Jackson clarifies the production’s status and makes it clear that there is nothing currently keeping The Hobbit from starting filming next summer and making a December 2011 release. This is all in response to waves of rumors spreading last week that, because the scripts weren’t coming in as expected, the production would have to shove the release to Summer 2012 (an unnecessarily hysterical conclusion you didn’t find here). All nonsense!
“Nothing has changed as far as I am concerned. Somebody wrote something on the internet and a lot of nonsense happened. You don’t want to believe everything you read on the internet. We were due to deliver the scripts and be shooting sometime around April and now I think I said in an interview we were shooting in June. And somehow people are now saying the film is delayed. As far as I am aware, they are not delayed at all. I am not even sure when we are going to start shooting…we are delivering the scripts just after Christmas they’ll be finished and we’ll be shooting as soon as we possibly can. But you need a certain amount of time to finish the pre-production.”
Which is Jackson’s way of saying, “Chill the fuck out guys, I got this.” The internet, being the giant Jump To Conclusions Mat that it is, can now breathe a collective sigh of a relief- The Hobbit should be able to nicely fall into the LOTR release tradition. I’ve embedded the Collider interview below, in case you want to watch PJ be disappointed in all of us.