'The Hobbit': filming begins March 21

Peter-JacksonImage Credit: Fotonoticias/WireImage.comAfter numerous hiccups, The Hobbit officially has a start-date. The film’s production company, 3Foot7 Ltd, announced today that shooting of the Lord of the Rings prequel will begin on March 21 at Stone Street Studios in Miramar and on location around New Zealand. “Despite some unavoidable delays we are fully back on track and very excited to get started,” said director Peter Jackson in a statement.

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  • Leslie

    I still do not understand how that short little book can be made into two separate movies.

    • A-K87

      Me either. With Frodo and co added in I’m guessing that the writters are adding some filler.

    • JohnDoe

      If you only included the story from the book, without extra details, it would make a very short single film. They are adding relevant parts from other Tolkien appendices about where Gandalf went when he disappeared and such. White Council, Dol Guldur, things like that. The Battle of Five Armies, sacking Dol Guldur by Gandalf, and Smaug attacking Laketown will probably be longer sequences in the film. My guesses anyways.

  • Ruby

    So excited! No one could have done this but Peter Jackson!!

  • Pat

    I thought that “The Hobbit” was going to be movie #1, with movie #2 being basically just a bunch of filler material regarding stuff that went down in Middle Earth between “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”…?

    • K.G.

      Pat is right…The Hobbit #1 will be an adaptation of the book while the 2nd film will be material that happens in between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings novels.

  • Ron

    The reason for two movies…..money.I counting the days, after the Balrog I cant wait to see Smaug.

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