Today in Not Really At All Surprising News, it looks like composer Howard Shore, who won three Oscars for his work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, will score Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. Shore told The Province [via TheOneRing], “It looks like finally it’s going to be happening. I’ll be working on it for the next three years — it’s going to consume a lot of my time and work now.” As we’ve reported on numerous occasions, The Hobbit will be broken into two parts. Obviously, getting Shore back brings a nice bit of musical continuity, but I’m eager to hear what new pieces he’ll compose.
The Hobbit is set to begin filming in February in New Zealand. The films will star Martin Freeman, James Nesbitt, Richard Armitage, Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow and Peter Hambleton. Hit the jump for a synopsis for the book. The films are set to be released in 3D in December 2012 and December 2013.
Here’s a synopsis of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit:
Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit, is a peaceful sort of cozy hole in the Shire, a place where adventures are uncommon and rather unwanted. So when the wizard Gandalf whisks him away on a treasure hunting expedition with a troop of rowdy dwarves, he’s not entirely thrilled. Encountering ruthless trolls, beastly orcs, gigantic spiders, and hungry wolves, Bilbo discovers within himself astonishing strength and courage. And at the ultimate confrontation with the fearsome dragon Smaug, the hobbit will brave the dangers of dark and dragon fire alone and unaided. [Amazon]