At this point, I’m awaiting New Zealand to rename themselves Jacksonland, or Tolkienland, for as much time as Peter Jackson has spent filming not only the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but The Hobbit trilogy. And he’s there yet again! And will be for about another 10 weeks as they finish the last bits of additional filming required to get what was going to be only two films, into three.
Jackson updated his Facebook page with the above photo, and the following statement
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!
Hmm, Ian McKellen doesn’t look all too happy, does he? Could he be regretting his decision to return as Gandalf? It was a decision he grappled with before relenting and choosing to come back, and judging from the difficulties he had when last there for The Hobbit, he may have only grudgingly returned this time.
What could be left to film? Apparently a lot of work is still needed for The Battle of Five Armies, and– wait, this hasn’t been filmed, yet!? Isn’t this a rather important climax for the trilogy? I don’t know, should we be worried about this? Can’t wait to see what Jackson has to say for himself in the next video production diary.