After 266 days of production, filming on the two Hobbit movies has now been completed. Director Peter Jackson made the announcement on the Facebook page for the forthcoming prequels;
“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 Comic Con!”
It’s taken a long time to get The Hobbit to the big screen, law suits, change in directors and more legal red tape, when the second part is released it would have been a decade since The Return of the King closed the epic saga. How the time flies.
For a while it looked as though Jackson would never venture back to middle-earth, in 2008 visionary filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro signed on to direct and Jackson would co-write and produce.
By 2010 ongoing delays, and the financial problems of the studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer caused Del Toro to leave the project. Fan responded warmly to del Toro replacing Peter Jackson, his style suited J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy world perfectly. Whilst it’s a shame he left the movie, having Peter Jackson back in the hot seat just feels right.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives in the UK on December. 14. The second part, The Hobbit: There and Back Again is released December. 13 2013.