Peter Jackson went behind the camera’s to begin shooting The Hobbit way back on March 20th last year. The mammoth task of bringing such an important and highly respected story to life has taken 266 days to complete, but Jackson announced on his Facebook page today the filming is now complete.
Here is the statement Jackson added to his Facebook page: “We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit. Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and ComicCon!”
Considering the film was close to never actually being made after so many ups and downs before production had even started, this is truly great news. While it is a shame that Guillermo del Toro never got to direct the film, I think we are all over the moon that Jackson ended up making the film, and there is no doubt he is the best man for the job. I have absolute faith in Jackson, and I have no doubt that when the first part of the mammoth two part film arrives in December, it will phenomenal.
As for those reliable and fun video blogs, I think we are all hoping that they continue now that the film is about to enter the post-production stage. We would not only get to see more of the film, but also get a good look at how the whole thing comes together. Please Mr Jackson, can you share the next part of the process with your fans? Anyway, with his statement came a rather happy looking photo of Jackson himself, check it out:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part of a two film epic, will arrive in UK cinemas 14th December 2012, with the second film The Hobbit: There & Back Again arriving in December 2013. Check out our previous stories here
Directed by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood, Christopher Lee, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom,Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Evangeline Lilly,Ian Holm, Billy Connolly and James Nesbitt.
“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. 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.
By Matt Wavish