Peter Jackson’s two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece THE HOBBIT has just completed a brief period of shooting at Pinewood Studios.
The production had been using F Stage and N&P Stages and now heads back to New Zealand for the remainder of the shoot. On Wednesday, Peter Jackson released his 3rd production video from behind-the-scenes of Pinewood - http://pinewood.me/HobbitatPinewood
Both films are 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 adventure of 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 from the fearsome dragon Smaug.
The film’s all-star ensemble cast includes Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, Stephen Fry, Luke Evans, Christopher Lee, Richard Armitage and Ian Holm.
The first film, titled “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” will be released on December 14, 2012. The second film, titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is slated for release the following year, on December 13, 2013.
“The Hobbit” films are productions of New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television licensing being handled by MGM.