‘The Hobbit’ Officially Begins Filming In March

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The Hobbit begins filming in March 2011 The Hobbit Officially Begins Filming In March

Despite MGM’s financial conundrum, the departure of Guillermo del Toroacting union protests, director Peter Jackson’s perforated stomach ulcer, and virtually every other conceivable pre-production delay possible having occurred, The Hobbit is at last prepped to begin production in New Zealand this spring.

Principal photography on the 3D, two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s preqeul to his epic Lord of the Rings trilogy is officially set to commence in six weeks time, beginning March 21st.

Production company 3Foot7 Ltd. announced the start date for shooting to begin on The Hobbit, saying that “[it] has been chosen following practical considerations of the filming schedule requirements, actor availability, and the NZ seasons. Shooting will take place at Stone Street Studios in Miramar and on location around New Zealand.” Jackson also made an official comment (or, rather, the understatement of the year), announcing that “despite some delays we are fully back on track and very excited to get started.”

Familiar faces appearing in the fantasy realm of Middle-Earth include that of Orlando Bloom and Elijah Wood as Legolas and Frodo Baggins, respectively; Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen as Gollum and Gandalf the Grey; Cate Blanchett as the Lady Galadriel; and (barring any health problems) Christopher Lee as Saruman.

Newcomers include Martin Freeman as the hesitant adventure-seeker Bilbo Baggins and the likes of Adam Brown, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, Rob Kazinsky, Graham McTavish, and James Nesbitt as “the Company of Dwarves.” These gents are led by one Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the deadly dragon Smaug, guardian of a most impressive treasure.

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Jackson and his crew have spent a few years tweaking The Hobbit scripts, perfecting the look and design of the tale’s fantastical beasts and settings, and mentally preparing to actually make these films. Now they’re armed with a production budget estimated to be upwards of $500 million (to be covered by Warner Bros.) and will use cutting-edge 3D camera technology to realize Tolkein’s source material on the big screen.

Given the numerous production woes and massive cost of the project, it’s more than a bit ironic that The Hobbit, as a story, is far less epic, sprawling, and demanding in scope than the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Here’s hoping the final product proves to be more than worth all the trouble.

The Hobbit: Part 1 is expected to reach theaters by December 2012, followed by Part 2 in December 2013.

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Source: 3Foot7Ltd. (via Coming Soon)

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  1. What about Elrond? Still no word on Weaving returning? And its understandable that it costs so much is cause its so different from the trilogy

  2. I have to say, I’m not looking forward to this anymore. Loved the orignal films, love the books. Maybe I will feel different when I see a screenshot or a trailer.

    • I was looking forward to this, but now, like you Sam, I can really say if I will be seeing this. There are just too many factors now.

      • I’m sure I’ll still see it, but all this talk of characters from LOTR popping into these films, Jackson directing instead of Del Toro, I’m just not excited anymore.
        But PJ is more than welcome to prove me wrong.

        • Well I have always thought Jackson should direct it. But including the LOTR characters just stunted most of my interest in seeing it, right now I have to wait for a trailer.

          • Pfft. Bah @ all naysayers and pessimistic doubting toms.

            The Hobbit movies had to flow smoothly into the LoTR trilogy to give the movie audience a sense of when and who. Including the characters from the LoTR movies I’m sure is only intended to assist in this and nothing more.

            I would have been worried if Peter Jackson wasn’t at the helm, but as long as he is I won’t be. I don’t have expectations that the Hobbit movies will be any better than the LoTR movies – especially since the books weren’t – but I do expect a fun couple of movies and I’m sure that will be what we get.

            • I’m too busying laughing here to effectively reply

  3. Why are part 1 and 2 one year apart? Same as Breaking Dawn,HP was only 8 months apart :)

    • That is the greatest name ever… forgot what i was gonna say, due to the epicness of your name… :)

  4. thank god !

    I can wait to see this movie !

  5. Finally good to hear work on the Hobbit will begin in march :) prepare for epicness!!!

  6. I too was skeptical about integrating the Hobbit story into the bigger world but after doing my research realize it’s a brilliant idea and am looking forward to seeing it. If you don’t understand how all these LotR characters can be integrated into the Hobbit I would suggest doing some digging before just dismissing it out of hand. 😉

    The only thing I am not on board with is the whole thing being told as a story like the Princess Bride. Seems like a ploy simply to have Frodo appear in the films.

    And yeah…….WHAT about Hugo Weaving???? It would be sad that the only person not reprising his role is Elrond.

  7. You people are crazy these movies will be amazing I have no doubt about it. You must understand that the Hobbit is a very different story than the LOTR trilogy. Its honestly more of a kids book. Its more adventure, less action. Thats not to say that the action isn’t epic when it shows up. In this book they aren’t on some important quest to save middle earth, they are on a journey to get rich… the lore of middle earth is explored more in this book and there is a lot more room for creativity I believe. Thats why I was so on board with del Toro directing because I know he has such a great imagination. Of course I’m happy with Peter Jackson the LOTR movies wouldn’t be possible without him but Del Toro would maybe make it a bit darker in tone than Jackson. Regardless these movies will be cutting edge as far as CGI its almost 10 years after LOTR and technology has come a longg way. Seeing Mountain Giants, Goblins, Trolls, and a Dragon in glorious Imax 3d couldn’t get much better.

  8. Simple fact is this; It is no longer The Hobbit, it’s just a Lord Of The Rings Prequel.

    • I don’t know if the words “it’s just” really fit. You make it sound as if it will now be somehow diminished by adding in the source material. I think Jackson is doing just the opposite and elevating this simple children’s tale into something more epic and on an equal footing with LotR. The Hobbit is just a very focused part of a much larger picture and all Jackson is doing is broadening the focus a bit.

      It would be akin to doing LotR in the opposite direction by only focusing on Sam and Frodo’s journey. We would never know what happened to Gandalf, never get to see the battle for Helm’s Deep or Minas Tirith and not know the fate of the rest of the fellowship. Now wouldn’t that have been a shame?

      I mean wouldn’t you like to know where that mysterious Dwarven map came from? What about where Gandalf disappeared to midway through the book or what Sauron was up to and how he arrived at Mordor? It’s not as if nothing else was going on in Middle Earth at the time of this little adventure so we will just learn a little more about the surrounding story. I’m personally not seeing how this will be a bad thing.

      I guess if you want to be exact though, the name of the movie should be; The Hobbit and The Quest of Erebor.

  9. … in 3D? For the love of God, don’t shoot this masterpiece in that 3D garbage. Sigh…

  10. i can’t wait to see it!! i’m super stoked. :]

  11. I kinda believe 2012 ad 2013. This is just soon enough for little kids from 2001 to see it before they leave HS. Come on guys. Don t let us down. Millions of fans ae stoked. I poredict greatest opening all time. Advertising, hype, grammys, extended versions. Highest grossing films all time. You pessimists will see. Geeks won t be going to this literature lovers of all ages. This is not MST 3000 people base. It snot Siskel Ebert.
    Floodgates. I’d take out some MGM stock…short term…

  12. YES!! FINALLY! can’t wait for this movie! Love the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit! So going to see this!!