Has production of The Hobbit been pushed to the middle of next year?
Here's what Jackson told the German site (translated from German, which we presume was translated from English; take it with a grain of salt):
"We're currently working on the second script which we hope to have completed by the end of this year or beginning of next. When the scripts are completed, we can begin with the exact calculation of the necessary budget. We hope to start filming in the middle of next year. However, we've received no green light from the studio yet."
The Hobbit, to be directed by Guillermo del Toro, was initially thought to begin production in March.
It's unclear whether this is all speculative or whether it will affect the envisioned December 2011 release date of the first movie (to be followed by a second Hobbit in December 2012).
We'll be talking with Jackson ourselves soon, so we'll get some clarification. Stay tuned!