The Hobbit, the animated filmIn a recent interview with German website, Peter Jackson sheds a bit of light on the production of the movie, which still has not been green-lit by the studio, reports, a popular website about all things Tolkien.

The original article is down (along with the entire, which seems odd), but is a reputable website, and has broken legitimate news about the movie before. Still, take the following quote, translated from German, as a rumour, until the interview is back online:

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.

This would push the expected beginning of filming from Spring 2010 to Summer 2010. With the mind-boggling success of the original trilogy, its interesting to see The Hobbit is running into so many roadblocks. Still, everything in Hollywood moves at a glacial pace (unless it’s a new Twilight or Saw movie, seemingly), so it’s disheartening, but not exactly surprising. As mentioned by, there’s no indication whether this will affect the speculated Winter 2011 and 2012 release dates for the two flims.