‘The Hobbit’ Begins Production; Official Synopsis Released

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:14 pm,

the hobbit image 1 The Hobbit Begins Production; Official Synopsis Released

For a while there, it looked like a live-action adaptation of The Hobbit was doomed to never become a reality. Principal photography on the two-movie project officially begins today (at last), and filmmaker Peter Jackson is thankfully alive and thriving – as evidenced by the above image of the director entering the home (or hobbit hole) of Bilbo Baggins.

New Line/Warner Bros. is sparing no expense to bring J.R.R. Tolkien’s story to life, investing some $500 million and purchasing state-of-the-art 3D technology for Jackson and his team to use in order to properly tell the tale of how a young Hobbit came to acquire the Ring of Power, 60 years before the events of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

For those who never read Tolkien’s original novel, here’s an official synopsis from Warner Bros.:

“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), 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 (Ian McKellen), Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). 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 (Andy Serkis).

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.

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Jackson, on the set of 'The Hobbit'.

Jackson, on the set of 'Lord of the Rings' - what a difference, eh?

Jackson has assembled his original Lord of the Rings trilogy production team for The Hobbit, which will also benefit from Guillermo del Toro having worked on the film’s script and creature designs for almost two years.

The two films will inevitably be compared to Jackson’s previous cinematic ventures to Middle-Earth, but they should very much be their own creation in terms of tone, narrative structure, and even visual style – despite the involvement of so many technical artists who were also involved with realizing Tolkien’s LotR on the big screen.

The first half of The Hobbit (which could have a subtitle other than Part 1) will arrive in theaters at the end of 2012, followed by the second in 2013.

Source: New Line/Warner Bros.

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  1. I’m excited about this, I trust Jackson and crew. But i just want to here that Hugo Weaving will be in this, he is needed. I’m pretty sure that when Captain America is release that Hugo will be annouced but I want to know now. And dang has he (Jackson) changed.

  2. Why didnt they make this before the lord of the rings trilogy?

    • You know…. that’s a really good question lol. This is like what Lucas did with the SW prequels. Hopefully the Hobbit turns out better than those haha

      • Jackson more that likely wanted to do something more ambitious at the time.

    • In movie business they tend to do the origins of any movie last.

    • While not everyone would agree, I think the Lord of the Rings Trilogy was made first because it had a more complex, adult themed, epic potential to wow the public and not just fans of the books. Although The Hobbit is one of my favorites it was a bit more fairy tale-ish and was actually concocted by JRR by teling his grandchildren bedtime stories that eventually got written down. So the Hobbit, that hopefully will very successful, has less literary grandieur and was only a short book that is now being embellished (I think) to make two individual movies. Additionally the Hobbit was written well before the trilogy and its earliest editions did not wholly connect the ring/trilogy well but was done more so in later, editted editions of the Hobbit.

      • I know this is 9 months after the original post, but it is for anyone stumbling across this as interest in the movie develops more in 2012. Tolkien’s eldest child was only 13-15 years old as The Hobbit was being written. The book certainly wasn’t concocted by him telling his grandchildren stories. You might be thinking of the Father Christmas letters, which were another project of his meant for his own children somewhat (though these still weren’t to his grandchildren). However, much of The Hobbit can be traced more directly to literary influences, especially from the structure of Norse myths (LOTR strays somewhat from that model). The intended audience might be young, but it remains very much not a bedtime story or fairy tale.

  3. I’m excited about this, but I just have one question. Way back when this project was first being tossed around, Part I was going to be based on the Hobbit book itself and Part II was going to serve as a “bridge” movie and not really be based on a book. Is this still the plan? Or are both movies going to be based on the book? I hate it when the split a book into two movies and the Hobbit just doesn’t seem long enough to break it up. Been a while since I read it though.

    • @ Master Extractor

      I believe the actual Hobbit story will be told over the course of both films, and that there will be some supplemental material (based off Tolkien’s original Middle-Earth literature, probably) mixed in as well – as opposed to what you’re talking about, which was apparently Guillermo del Toro’s original plan a few years back.

    • In the story as Biblo and the dwarfs go through Mirkwood the forest has turned evil. I don’t remember if was in the book or in the Samileron or one of the other books we learn that Gandolf and Aragon go to the heart of the forest and chase our Sauron who is reforming finally from his defeat in teh first age. There are just hints of what happens but it would be a bridge to “Lord of the Rings” and a great deal of speculation as to the role of Aragon and the Dunadain in the world of Middle Earth.

  4. Did they just photoshop a picture of Jackson from the LOTR set?

    • LOL, looked that way to me Sam hahaha

    • @ Mongoose

      I’m sure Jackson & co. will take some liberties with their use of “Quest of Erebor”, but still – methinks you’re very much on the right track. 8-)

    • Be that as it may, I have read all of the Unfinshed Tales and numerous other parts of the middle earth stories that never quite made it, including the proper sequel to LOTR that Tolkien started that focussed on the Fourth Age Of Men, I still cannot see the point of making this into two movies when one three hour movie would suffice…Oh yes, of course, the money.

      • Heck I’m all for some more Middle Earth, and I trust Jackson and company.
        I mean they have already being spending more than two years on this.
        And to say that I am excited would be a huge understatement.

      • DSB, I have never heard of Tolkien doing a proper sequel for LOTR, all I know that he did with the 4th age and beyond is flesh out what happens to the main characters and the Last Battle/Second Prophecy of Mandos thing. Can you tell me where I can find the story/book that you read?

        • It was in one of the series of book by Christopher Tolkein, they were like a ten book history of middle earth and the writing of the books, there were loads of short stories and notes for unfinished works. Its quite a slog reading them all to be honest.
          I cant remember precisely which one it is though, but it did feature a few chapters of this “sequel”. It seemed less fantasy orientated, they were no orcs or goblins or magic, just men (one of Aragorn’s descendants I think).

  5. I sure hope that Jackson doesnt go the way of Lucas in terms of deviating too far from the original work. Granted no one wants to sit and listen to the reams of dialog tolkein had in the book but I wonder how much he will expand out the battles that took place and simply werent very detailed.

  6. I am Looking forward to this film.
    And for Jackson this will be another good notch in his belt(wich seems to be growing smaller by the way) i Think, but then again im a huuuuge Peter Jackson fan so im kind of bias to his movies.

  7. Finally.. Even though I still wish Del Toro was directing this I am excited that the countdown to the release of these movies can now offically begin. I also hope that they have the production diary videos like they did with the first three films. The size of that production was unreal and from the sounds of it this will be ever bigger so I look forward to catching a peak behind the scenes…

  8. The two main things that think they are adding to the hobbit are the comings and going of Gandalf. And also the meetings of the white counsal before the Lord of the rings. One of the major things they will add is when Gandalf leaves the dwarves after Beorn. In the hobbit Gandalf says that he drove the necromancer out of Dul Gulder. Also at the begining of the Hobbit Gandalf says he recovered the map of Thror from Thorins father Thrain who was a prisoner of the necromancer. Near the end of the Hobbit it says that Bilbo had manny adventures on the way home and those were not told either.

  9. Damn! How did Peter lose so much weight? He looks weird now.

    • Peter Jackson himself said it was a change of diet from hamburgers to yogurt and muesli. I myself also started eating yogurt four months ago and lost 40 pounds. It’s pretty amazing.

      Who knows, the weight loss may have just saved his life or at least prolonged it.

      • It looks like someone let all the air out of him!

  10. Its much better for the films to not have talking Smaug, giant spiders, trolls coz those look weird to me….

    • Smaug needs to speak though, with Ron Pearlman doing the voice!

      • YES!!!!!!!!