German site MovieReporter.net talked to Peter Jackson, who revealed that The Hobbit and its sequel will now start filming mid-summer 2010 instead of the previously-reported March start. Here’s a translation of Jackson’s quote, thanks to TheOneRing.net:
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.
We’re guessing that green light won’t come until MGM’s future is cleared up. We don’t expect that this will affect the first film’s targeted release of December 2011 and second film’s release of December 2012.