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Empire Magazine (UK) March 2009

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The March issue of Empire goes on sale this Friday with Gollum on the cover and a Hobbit the film story on the inside.

<snip>But pride of place – on our cover and in our hearts – is our big special on The Hobbit. What's that, you say? It's not even out for two years? Well, yes, but inside our special feature, you'll find a one-stop shop of information on the films that may be the most anticipated of the next few years.

Inside, we'll tell you how the film finally became a reality after years languishing in tangled rights hell; why Peter Jackson stepped aside from directing; what might be contained in the mooted second movie; and just what director Guillermo del Toro has in store for the whole shebang.

Here's a taster of our exclusive interview with del Toro: "Whatever The Hobbit ends up being, it has to ultimately blend seamlessly into the first movie of the trilogy. We have to respect the cosmology and the canon established by the trilogy and follow it."

I'd include the cover photo but it's an olf LOTR publicity shot. No pointy-eared bowtwangers in sight. And exclusive interview or not, I'm willing to bet that GDT still keeps his cards close to his chest and doesn't throw us any morsels to salivate over.

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