Good news for HOBBIT fans! Del Toro formally confirmed his directorship of THE HOBBIT, and confirmed that Andy Serkis (Gollum) and Sir Ian McKellan (Gandalf) were on-board. (An extensive conversation with GDT on TheOneRing.Net) This really gets the ball rolling for pre-production, and as far as Project Fiver is concerned, gives us new hope and a definite direction. For those of you writing letters with us, you can now send them to Guillermo Del Toro.
Signatures stand at 3167 now, not bad at all! I am collaborating with a few friends on a YouTube video introduction to the project, and hope to reach a wider audience that way. We don't have a lot of time in the evenings, but it should be done by mid-May.
And on a personal note, I'd just like to geek out for a moment at a recent P5 supporter: Richard Pini. My brother and I didn't agree on much as kids, but we both loved the ELFQUEST comic that Richard and his wife Wendy Pini created. We'd bug the comic shop guys so much to get the most recent issue in stock, we even bought a cassette tape of some fan-penned Elfquest songs (which I now know as "Filk"). My brother even wanted to get plastic surgery to remove his pinky and extend his ears so he'd look like the characters! FiverFriend Maddy also loves these comics, and emailed Richard to sign the petition. Not only did he sign, but he added a link to Project Fiver on ElfQuest.com! Thanks Richard!
And if any of you haven't read the ElfQuest comics, do yourself a favor and pick them up or Read them online . The original saga is just 20 issues, and is still one of the best comic narratives that I have ever read.