New Image from THE HOBBIT; Peter Jackson and Co-Writer Philippa Boyens Talk About the Production

     January 14, 2012


A new image from The Hobbit has surfaced online today.  It is especially heroic, depicting Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins covered in dirt, wielding a sword Sting, a determined growl on his face.  [Update: Commenter Deepak pointed out that Freeman's hand is around Sting, "the blade that glows blue when Orcs are close."  My Hobbit knowledge doesn't run that deep, but it sounds noteworthy.]  In case you needed any, this is more evidence to me that Freeman is an inspired choice for the part.

Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, and Stephen Fry also star.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens on December 14, 2012 followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again on December 13, 2013.  Hit the jump for the full image in high resolution, plus quotes from director Peter Jackson and co-writer Philippa Boyens on the story and production.

Image via Hero Complex.  Click on the image for high resolution.



After a troubled development, Jackson says he’s been lucky with The Hobbit, though Hero Complex doubts his conviction:

“I think fate has actually been kind to us.  Yes, I think fate was kind but I don’t know that we knew that along the way… This is the most enjoyable filmmaking experience of my career, by far, which is interesting since I came into it slightly reluctantly. It’s all unexpected.”

Boyens remarked on the differences between The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings:

“The story is very much a children’s story so deciding how to tell this was one of the first things we had to do. Who is the audience? It is very distinctly different, tonally, to Lord of the Rings until the very end and then you begin to see the world of Middle-earth opening up… but, having said that, we felt that it is the same audience [who will come to see the films] and then you start to worry because it is easy to repeat yourself. It is quite a similar journey, you’re going from the Shire to a large, dangerous mountain.”


Official synopsis:


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, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

  • Deepak

    Not just “a sword,” it’s Sting, the blade that glows blue when Orcs are close. Just had a total geek moment, forgive me.

    •!/colliderbrendan Brendan Bettinger

      Thanks for the tip. Added it to the body of the post.

      • Guy

        This has to be a shot from the scene where Bilbo fights all of the spiders in mirkwood just look at all the webs on his jacket.

      • Dannyboy3030

        That made me laugh

  • tarek

    Yum Yum!

    I’m Starved!

  • Matt

    It also glowed blue in the Chamber of Marzabul, and when the orcs attacked Frodo and Aragorn at the end of FOTR…

  • jason

    i just feel like there’s something to Del Toro’s dropping out more than just delay of production. “Creative Differences” between him and Peter? maybe.

    • henri

      Hi Jason,its possible but I doubt it,the Hellboys films would be tonally similiar to the Hobbit and not an issue for del toro.Pre-productipn dragged out for years and no start date in site at the time,if any,and with del toro living with his family in New Zealand I guess he felt he was out of the film game,which he was.He hasn’t directed a film now in four years and ironically the two Hobbit films will be finished this summer.But like you said its possible.

      • mark tornits

        I kind of always assumed creative differences contributed to the departure-

      • jason

        i hope someday, someone makes a documentary about it. Not because i want controversies. but because it’s interesting to see if 2 creative geniuses can work together

        Del Toro did not think 3D was right for the Hobbit, even after Avatar came out. yet Peter Jackson was very much on the 3D bandwagon early on.

        when production resumed finally, a phonecall to Guillermo would have sealed the deal and bring him back. but that never happened. Peter wanted to direct it.

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