Peter Jackson Resumes Production on THE HOBBIT in New Zealand

     May 20, 2013


Production is underway on The Hobbit…again.  Director Peter Jackson announced today that filming has resumed on the trilogy in New Zealand, as there’s still a bit of footage yet to be captured in order to fill the J.R.R. Tolkein adaptation out to three films.  While originally envisioned as a two-film adaptation, Jackson and fellow screenwriters/producers Philipa Boyens and Fran Walsh convinced Warner Bros. to greenlight a third film last summer, after they had already wrapped what we presumed to be the bulk of principal photography.  Hit the jump for more on the additional filming, including what material it covers.

the-hobbit-peter-jackson-ian-mckellanJackson made the announced of filming resuming on Facebook with the following message:

Back on set for our last Hobbit pick ups. Our last ever Tolkien pick ups, in fact. It’s going to be an intense few weeks, but we’re looking forward to shooting some powerful scenes with our great cast. Our next blog is coming soon!

It’s estimated that this set of “pick-ups” will last around 10 weeks, which means there’s plenty left to be filmed.  We know that a good portion of the production will revolve around capturing the Battle of Five Armies, which will be depicted in the third film The Hobbit: There and Back Again, but there is likely some additional filming to be done as well.  The idea of extended pick-ups is nothing new to Jackson, as he shot additional footage for each of the Lord of the Rings films in between their releases and even went back to shoot some footage for the Return of the King extended edition after that film had already won the Oscar.

With filming back underway, Jackson says to expect some more production video blogs in the near future.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens on December 13th and The Hobbit: There and Back Again opens on December 17, 2014.


  • adu

    Awesome news…Perte Jackson seems to be the nicest and most fan-friendly director around. Can’t wait for the next two installments!

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    Bring it on! Loved the last one and cant wait to see the extended film.

  • TotesMcGotes

    When do we get the Desolation of Smaug trailer?

    • fisherjax

      man of steel

  •‎ tarek

    I hope that for the second part of the Hobbit the Tone will be more dark, and grittiest than the first part. I didn’t hate the first part, but I didn’t love it either. It aimed a young audience, not the ardent fans of the ‘Lord of the Rings”

    And please Peter, I love you, but no more CGI fest. The goblin king was awful.

  • Ozweego

    Meh. Should have turned this bedtime book into a single epic film rather then breaking it up over 3 “far too long” films. The source material isn’t there to support it and it appears like Jackson is trying to hard this time around. I wasn’t impressed with the first installment, in fact it took me 3 attempts just to get past the opening dinner scene.

    • Harry Palm

      Agreed. I can kind of see making it two movies, but three? There’s just no reason for that other than greed.

      By the way, you spelled ‘too’ wrong.

    • jackjack

      Couldn’t agree more. There is just one thing for which Jackson devoted himself and it’s not the respect for the source material nor for the memory of J.R.R. Tolkien nor for the audience, this one thing is money and money only.

  • The Hobbit is Awesome

    I really cannot wait to see Mirkwood, Thranduil, the Elven hall, Spiders, the Necromancer, the assault on Dol Guldur, Barrels out of bond, Bolg, Stephen Fry, Laketown, Bard, Dain, and, wait for it…..SMAUG THE TERRIBLE!!

    Bring it on Peter Jackson!

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