Hot on the heels of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journeyclips we saw earlier today there’s been a behind the scenes video released. This 20 minute look at the filming of the movie is a fantastic peek at everyone’s hard work. Not that they didn’t also have a lot of fun as the camaraderie of the cast and crew is clearly evident. Or at least that’s what I’m told, I haven’t watched this because with only a little over two weeks until The Hobbit releases I’m trying to stay as unspoilt as possible. I know, it’s unlikely I’ll be able to keep it up but I’m trying.
…the footage is loaded with some awesome stuff including Peter Jackson directing Andy Serkis as Gollum with Martin Freeman, all the dwarves with Bilbo in Bag End, Elijah Wood and Ian Holm in Bag End, Jackson directing Ian McKellen as Gandalf as well as Jackson directing Christopher Lee!
So, I’ll be honest, at some point I’ll break down and watch it, but I’m not stopping you,
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens nationwide December 14th.
With every delay, every technical difficulty and every time Spidey gets stuck upside down in the air it becomes apparent that the creators of Spiderman: Turn off the Dark seem to have bitten off more than they can chew. Well, it finally seems that Producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris are tingling because they are making some EPIC changes to the production. With the production not being ready now until Summer rather this month due to rearranging everything from musical number to added new music, original director Julie Taymor will be unable to devote all of her time to the project after this month comes to a close.
A press release just came out stating that we will have to wait just a little longer for our Spidey who is not only high flying but sings and dances too! The musical has been set back numerous times so this comes as no surprise. The bummer of it all is that this thing seemed like it has so much potential when the news was first released ,but after a wind of bad press it has lost a lot of it’s mojo.
So in order to help Spidey “get his groove back” producer have brought musical consultant Paul Bogaev (Tarzan, Bombay Dreams, Aida, Sunset Boulevard) and sound designer Peter Hylenski (Elf, Scottsboro Boys, Rock of Ages, Shrek) to it’s creative team. No doubt these are impressive additions but will it be enough to bring this musical out of the mess it’s in? It’ll be interesting to see if the new plan of attack works.
Both the producers and Bono and TheEdge who are doing the music for the show support Taymor’s vision and her work thus far, but neither seem unhappy about the delay or expanding creative team. With the producers commenting,
“Julie Taymor is not leaving the creative team. Her vision has been at the heart of this production since its inception and will continue to be so. Julie’s previous commitments mean that past March 15th, she cannot work the 24/7 necessary to make the changes in the production in order to be ready for our opening. We cannot exaggerate how technically difficult it is to make such changes to a show of this complexity, so it’s with great pride that we announce that Phil McKinley is joining the creative team. Phil is hugely experienced with productions of this scale and is exactly what SPIDER-MAN Turn off the Dark needs right now.”
and Bono and The Edge tagging onto to that adding,
“Julie is a truly gifted and imaginative director. This is an epic ride, and the standing ovations we have seen from the preview audiences have confirmed our absolute faith in the project. We are listening and learning and, as a result, we have a couple of new songs we are very very excited about putting into the mix. All of us on the creative team are committed to taking SPIDER-MAN to the next level. We are confident it will reach its full potential and when it does, it will open.”
So what do you guys think, will the new additions to Spidey’s team get the musical out of this sticky situation??