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Yay! Hobbit Movie!

Yay!  Hobbit movie!

Filming on the two Hobbit movies has begun following months of delays caused by funding problems, a row over actors’ wages and surgery for its director.

Filming is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

Production on the films, starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, is expected to take up to two years. The first is due out in late 2012.

In January, director Peter Jackson had surgery for a perforated ulcer.

Studios Warner Bros and New Line had previously considered taking the production away from New Zealand after acting unions threatened to boycott the films in protest over payments.

The films had earlier been stalled by problems including rows over distribution rights and the exit of original director Guillermo del Toro.

The film, which also stars Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Andy Serkis as Gollum, Elijah Wood as Frodo and Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, is based on JRR Tolkien’s epic fantasy novel.

The Hobbit films act as a prequel to Jackson’s trilogy of films based on Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

4 comments to Yay! Hobbit Movie!

  • I wonder why they had to split it up into two movies. After all, it was just one book, and not a very long one at that.

    Cheers!

  • This is just a cynical attempt by Big Media and teh Big Media Conglomerate Corporation Fucknozzles to make even MORE billions off of children’s and young adults’ innocent literature. Why two movies? Because it makes MONEY.

  • Y’all are sick and should grow up. Hamsters are people too, and-

    Oh. This is a thread on hobbit movies. Sorry. I…I get angry sometimes. When I’m alone.

    Carry on.

  • I really wish you would stop essentializing me and celebrate my Hobbit diversity.