Ever since Lord Of The Rings, Peter Jackson has made sure fans can keep up with what’s going on with his movies, by releasing video blogs from the sets of his film. The latest one has now arrived from The Hobbit, which gives us a look at the difficulties of location shooting. It’s a lengthy 12-minute piece and well worth a watch. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrived December 12th, 2012.
This first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey seems in large part about assuring us we really are going back into Middle Earth, and it’ll be the proper one, with Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett and Gollum. It has very much the same feel as Lord Of The Rings, which is what you’d hope and Martin Freeman seems a good fit as Bilbo. It very much an introduction back into the fantasy world, but it certainly seems this two part Hobbit adventure is on the right track! The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits cinemas on December 14th, 2012.
Today is December 14th – which means it’s exactly one year – only 366 sleeps – until the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey! To celebrate Warner/New Line has released a new statement, including a full synopsis for the much-anticipated movie. Read it below…
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of two films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The second film will be “The Hobbit: There and Back Again.”
Both films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”
The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.
Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins. Also reprising their roles from “The Lord of the Rings” movies are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; Orlando Bloom as Legolas; and Andy Serkis as Gollum. The ensemble cast also includes (in alphabetical order) Richard Armitage, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Evangeline Lilly, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, and Aidan Turner.
The screenplays for both “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” are by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson. Jackson is also producing the films, together with Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Ken Kamins, Toby Emmerich and Zane Weiner, with Boyens serving as co-producer.
Under Jackson’s direction, both movies are being shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Filming is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.
Among the creative behind-the-scenes team returning to Jackson’s crew are director of photography Andrew Lesnie, production designer Dan Hennah, conceptual designers Alan Lee and John Howe, composer Howard Shore and make-up and hair designer Peter King. The costumes are designed by Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor. The score is being composed by Howard Shore.
Taylor is also overseeing the design and production of weaponry, armour and prosthetics which are once again being made by the award winning Weta Workshop. Weta Digital take on the visual effects for both films, led by the film’s visual effects supervisor, Joe Letteri. Post production will take place at Park Road Post Production in Wellington.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” are productions of New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television licensing, being handled by MGM.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will be released beginning December 14, 2012. The second film, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is slated for release the following year, beginning December 13, 2013.
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With Lion King having cleaned up at the box office and 3D version of Phantom Menace and Titanic coming early next year, there’s a lot of interest in Hollywood about whether more cash can indeed be made by taking old classics and adding an extra dimension to them. It’s not too much of a surprise then that producers are eyeing Lord Of The Rings and thinking about turning that 3D, especially with The Hobbit arriving in cinemas at the end of next year.
Now actor Elijah Wood has revealed that the producers LotRare indeed actively talking about converting the entire trilogy into 3D for new theatrical releases. He told Den Of Geek, “I think it would be cool to see. There’s talk of releasing a dimensionalised trilogy eventually. I’m okay with doing post-process 3D, as long as someone takes the time. What I’m upset about is when a movie doesn’t have the budget and the time to devote to it and they’re not fine-tuning the detail of that, because it can look really bad and cheap. But I know that they wouldn’t dimensionalise it unless it was a super meticulous process.”
The actor also made note of his frustration that Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and the prequel trilogy is being converted into 3D before the original trilogy. “I mean, Titanic’s coming out in 3D now, and Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, which means we have to wait three movies to get to the fucking good shit, it’s unbelievable, I’m like, we have to wait three years for that? You’re doing Episode I first? [frustrated squeal], what a bummer!”
Elijah Wood also talked about his cameo in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and how he got back into character as Frodo Baggins. “Before we started, I watched Fellowship again, just to remember the way that he spoke. Outside of that it was revisiting something I’d spent the better part of four years playing, and it was just a joy. It felt like a giant family reunion in a way. The weirdest thing was being on set, looking down at my feet and it just feeling oddly normal, like, ‘Here we are, doing another scene at Bag End, 10 years later.'”
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If things had gone as originally planned, Guilermo Del Toro would be directing The Hobbit movies and Peter Jackson would now be busy putting together the second of the Tintin movies. Since he had to step into the Tokien breach, it’s been uncertain if he would indeed still take on a Tintin sequel, but now it’s been confirmed that he will.
While out on the interview circuit, Steven Spielberg answered “Yes” to the question on whether or not Peter Jackson would still step into the director’s seat on the next film, and also revealed that the Prisoners of the Sun screenplay is finished and ready to shoot. “[Sony and Paramount] were willing to do one movie with us,” Spielberg says, “And then give us the financial wherewithal to develop a script, do all the visual storyboards and get it really in launch position. So we can launch pretty quickly on a second movie. The script is already written.”
That means a second Tintin movie is still reliant on the first film being a hit, and finding a slot in Peter Jackson’s schedule. He’s still currently mid-shoot on The Hobbit movies and has two years of post-production ahead of him. As Tintin is motion-capture, he may find it easier to slot it in, but we’ll have to wait and see.
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