After numerous delays and production limbo, Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit went in front of cameras in March 2011. Today, filming has wrapped on the two-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings. Jackson released the following statement on his Facebook page: “We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit. 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!”
I’m curious if the terrific production blogs will continue, and we’ll get a peek into the films’ editing process. In any event, we’ll definitely be getting a new look at the film when the movie comes by Hall H next Saturday. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in 3D on December 14th. The Hobbit: There and Back Again opens in 3D on December 13th, 2013. Hit the jump for the synopsis, and in LOTR-related news, click here for the first Mondo poster for the beloved fantasy franchise.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” follows 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 Oakenshield. 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.