Filming Begins on “The Hobbit”


Wellington, NZ, March 21, 2011—Production has commenced in Wellington, New Zealand, on “The Hobbit,” filmmaker Peter Jackson’s two film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s widely read masterpiece.

“The Hobbit” is set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien’s “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 two films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, will be shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Filming will take place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the 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 Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

There’s much more at the link, but here’s a little something to get you inspired for the new film:

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9 thoughts on “Filming Begins on “The Hobbit”

  1. Eh. We'll see. I was never too impressed with Jackson's LoTR in the first place. It was good in parts, but I think every attempt to bring it to the screen has had hits and misses. Let's hope there will be no 3D though.

  2. I'm a little sad to hear the 3D label too. Here comes the over-contrived barrel ride JUST for 3D! Or some other created scenes just to accomodate the 3D craze. Blegh.

    I trust him with how well he was dedicated to the LotR trilogy, but I'm still keeping my fingers crossed. Can't be any worse than the Bakshi version with cartoon tinted real people.

  3. Every movie from now on will be 3D. That's just a sign that its a pretty high budget flick.

    People complaining about LotR need to realize how much Hollywood really could have messed up those films.

  4. "People complaining about LotR need to realize how much Hollywood really could have messed up those films."

    By 'people', I assume that meant me – since I was the only one not heaping praise on Jackson's version. 🙂

    I think parts of it were wonderful. I think parts were lacking. IMHO, each attempt to bring LoTR to the screen has had some hits and misses. Jackson's was no different. At least IMHO.

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