Yesterday was the day to get your first sneak peek at the second film in The Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug. To see it you had to have bought a Blur-ray copy of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that came with an Ultraviolet redemption code, and then you had to remember to tune in for the livestream event . Neither of which I did, but, a lot of others bought the Blu-ray and tuned in and they of course took to the internet to share what they saw. Here’s a description of the Smaug footage screened courtesy of Cinema Blend,
The footage: Gandalf is alone in a dark and spooky tomb, with dark and spooky music backing him up. Radagast shows up and surprises him, but Radagast asks “Why am I here Gandalf? This is not a nice place to meet.” Radagast ask who is buried there, and Gandalf says “If he had a name, it’s been long since lost.” Gandalf’s staff reveals there are many other people buried in this tomb– 9, in fact. The kicker is Gandalf saying “These tombs were opened from the inside.”
Bum, bum, BUM! (Hehe, bum.) Peter Jackson adds, “That’s a little mystery that Gandalf is exploring in The Desolation of Smaug,” and the fact nine were buried in the tomb is a pretty good clue as to whose tomb they’re in.
Cinema Blend has a real great blog of the livestream event you should go check out. The event also featured behind-the-scenes videos, not unlike Jackson’s production video blogs which he promised there’d be more of this year, as well as questions asked via video from some big names like Stephen Fry, Orlando Bloom, Dominic Monaghan, and LOTR superfan, Stephen Colbert!
The Desolation of Smaug will release this December, but until then stay tuned for those production diaries as well as our first look at some footage.