The Hobbit: Into the Fire

At one point Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of The Hobbit was going to be two films, with one subtitled An Unexpected Journey and the second called There and Back Again. Now, with the series standing as three films, the final chapter is still called There and Back Again… but perhaps not for long. Rumors say that the third film will be given a new title, The Hobbit: Into the Fire. Read More »

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Right around the time of Comic-Con 2012, Peter Jackson and his team decided The Hobbit was going to be three movies instead of two. Originally, the movies were called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again, but when another movie was added the third movie took the title of the second and the second one was named The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It’s in theaters now.

Obviously a third movie completely changed how Jackson and fellow writers Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh had to structure the films. Jackson has now revealed where the initial split between the two films would have occurred. Read More »

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Considering there’s another film set for release in 2014, it’s no spoiler to reveal The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ends on a massive cliffhanger. It also ends very close to the end of J.R.R. Tolkien’s narrative of The Hobbit, which means unless There And Back Again is 20 minutes long, it’ll be stuffed with new narrative linking Peter Jackson‘s current trilogy with the Lord of the Rings.

Recently, one of the film’s stars teased the press by saying the character of Legolas (Orlando Bloom) would be the main link between the trilogies. Jackson also explained how he justified putting that character, which isn’t in The Hobbit novel, into the film by giving a brief Tolkien history lesson. Read More »

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings series was three films, shot on film, each well over two hours long, with groundbreaking special effects. They were nominated for 30 Oscars, won 17 and grossed about $3 billion worldwide. That’s a lot of money, which is why Warner Bros. wanted Jackson to return to the world with The Hobbit.

The Hobbit will also be three films. They’re shot digitally, in 48FPS 3D, and also feature incredible special effects and will likely all end up over two hours each. The first film, An Unexpected Journey, got three Oscar nominations and the second film, The Desolation of Smaug, will be out on December. The first film grossed over $1 billion worldwide, making it the second most successful film of the franchise.

Lots of numbers there, but there is one set of numbers that aren’t so close. The original trilogy reportedly cost $281 million to make. The Hobbit trilogy has cost $561 million… so far. That’s not including post-production on the third film or reshoots this past summer to extend the series into a trilogy. Read More »

Jackson Live Blog 6

Peter Jackson has, finally, completed filming on his trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. They cast and crew thought they were done some time ago, until Jackson and Warner Bros. decided to extend the story into three movies. That meant everyone had to go back to Wellington, New Zealand this summer (well, summer in our hemisphere) to complete principal photography on The Hobbit: There And Back Again.

To celebrate the final day of principal photography, Jackson decided to live-blog the entire day on Facebook, providing some new behind the scenes images and insight into what occurred over the course of the day. See some highlights below. Read More »

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Peter Jackson won’t be bringing the second chapter of his adaptation of The Hobbit to Comic Con this year. After all, what more do we need as a sizzle reel for the second movie than the first film, released barely more than six months ago? Furthermore, the director says that he doesn’t have time to complete a good new footage reel, and that cast and crew availability further close out chances of putting together a Comic Con panel.

Fans of Jackson’s take on Middle-Earth can all still get a new look at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, however. A new video blog provided by Jackson shows the new work done in the past few months on the second and third chapters. This video blog, like most of the others Jackson sends from set, is long enough to be fairly detailed and to show the scope of the production. Even the task of doing pickup shots — the connective “in-between” bits often reserved for reshoots or extra hours late in the game — takes an army of people on movies like these.

Granted, part of the pickup process here is required to enact Jackson’s plan to spread the Hobbit story across three films rather than two. So it’s not exactly a typical scenario. Regardless, what follows is another good look at the effort required to capture Middle-Earth on film. (Or digital files, in this case.) Check it out below. Read More »

Ian McKellen as Gandalf in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

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