An Unexpected Journey

As you may or may not know, the Elf warrior Legolas (played by Orlando Bloom in the Lord of the Rings films) does not appear in The Hobbit. However, director Peter Jackson did a bit of a re-write of the classic J. R. R. Tolkien book to wedged the character into the story for his upcoming Hobbit trilogy. Still, fans have wondered just how Legolas will make his appearance in the films, and when, but now it seems that LEGO of all things may have spoiled the moment.

Avert your eyes if you wish to remain spoiler free. Only the brave should click and look after the jump… (more…)

Last week, this Nerdbastard dispelled a rumor that Peter Jackson and his overlords at Warner Brothers had plans to turn the two-part Hobbit movie into a trilogy.  The reasoning behind the rumor was that they had lots of extra footage and wanted to get it all to the screen.  While the reasoning was unsound, it appears as if the rumor may have been right on target.  Currently, Jackson, Warner Bros. and two of the producers are in talks to see if making a third film is possible.

The whole thing started when Jackson expressed, half-jokingly, his interest in extending the two films to three.  Apparently, Warner Bros. saw the giant floating dollar signs and decided that it may be the best idea ever.  They immediately went to work trying to figure out the details.

Before they can even consider green-lighting the extension (which is itself completely unprecedented) they need to go over all the technical, economical and logistical issues that they’ll have to deal with.  Old actors will require new contracts, contracts they might try to milk given the situation.  Copyrights must be put in order and the same extortion might come from those who hold them.  This doesn’t even include the new photography that will need to be shot.  Considering that the Hobbit has already cost upwards of $500 million, those in charge will no doubt expect a very solid return before they give this one a thumbs-up.

Alternately, they may look at just trying to reorder what they already have and editing differently to achieve the extra film and save loads of money in the process.  It’s a bit of a cop-out to do it that way, and based on what Peter Jackson has said concerning scenes he really wanted to film but didn’t get a chance to, it’s unlikely they’ll go this route.  Jackson has stated that he already has plenty more material he’d like to add from both the original Hobbit book and the assorted appendices.

If they do decide to extend The Hobbit into a trilogy, they’ll be seriously racing the clock.  The first film is coming out at the end of this year and the second the end of the next.  They would need to shoot and edit quickly and stretch the second film into two.  Unless they feel like putting together a two-and-a-half hour epilogue, that is.

The big question is: How much money is Warner Brothers willing to spend to get this done and will their returns be big enough to justify it?

Barring a third entry into the time-table, the first installment, An Unexpected Journey is set to release December 14th of this year and the second, There and Back Again on December 13th of 2013.

 

Thanks to the fine folks at Hollywood Reporter for bringing us the good news.

As is typical when tens-of-thousands of rabid geeks get together in one spot, they start voicing their opinions on things.  Sometimes these opinions mix together with half-facts and create strange rumors.  These rumors then proceed to spread amongst the geek-rumormill until they magically (yes, magic is real!) become fact.  The latest rumor to permeate the scene, via San Diego Comic-Con, is that Peter Jackson is planning to extend his two Hobbit films into three.

Why a third film?  Well, as the grapevine tells it, he had so much footage that it just made sense to extend the production into a trilogy.  Of course, those who know the industry also know that this is highly unlikely unless Jackson and his producers had a spare $100 million sitting around that they didn’t need.

So here you have it folks.  The rumors that there will be a third Hobbit film are just that – rumors.  All that footage will most likely end up being attached to the Blu-ray release of the film when it comes out, but there will be two – I repeat – two Hobbit films, not three.

The first of these TWO films, An Unexpected Journey, will release on December 14th of this year.  The second on the TWO films, There and Back Again, will be hitting theaters next year on December 13th.  Don’t expect anything for 2014.  You will be disappointed.

 

Thanks to blastr for helping us dispel the rumor

MTV caught up with Benedict Cumberbatch at this year’s Oscars and chatted with him a little bit about The Hobbit. And, y’know what, I feel like this is the 100th time I’ve mentioned Cumberbatch this week! Talk about a buzzworthy guy, he’s everywhere! We’ve seen him looking dapper at all the awards shows as he makes the rounds with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, he may or may not be The Master in Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary special (depending on WHO you ask), and we’ve seen him punching Zachary Quinto in the face while filming a fight scene for Star Trek 2. Cumberbatch gets around. (Not that I’m complaining.)

With MTV he talked about filming for The Hobbit, specifically doing the motion capture as well as voice work for Smaug and the Necromancer. Yeah, yeah, Benedict won’t drop the Necromancer’s name, just keeps saying another unnamed character but I’m pretty sure the Sauron’s outta the bag on that one.

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I was very lucky [to work] with Pete. As far as the experience, what an extraordinary one it was because at the time I was in my work; I was in isolation with him and this incredible tag team. And at the very cool place with that technology doing mo-cap for two characters, Smaug the dragon and another character, which will remain nameless, and it was an awful lot of fun.

It’s a sort of wonderful ongoing process. I spent a lot of time recording voice as well as doing movements. So, it was sort of freeing; it was fun. It was like playing a game. It’s going to be an amazing film; it’s going to be a real treat. I watched ‘The Lord of the Rings’ again before I started working, and the way those films grow in depth of craft on every level are extraordinary. Their mark is for that.

As most of you know Cumberbatch stars in the excellent, amazing, incredible, wonderful modern adaption of Arthur Conan Doyles’s super slueth, Sherlock with Martin Freeman, who just so happens to be Bilbo in The Hobbit. I can only imagine what great fun they had hanging out together on set in New Zealand.

It was great. I got to hang out with him, and I kept a straight face for a bit and then I started giggling because I know Martin, I don’t know Bilbo. For Martin to be sitting there playing Bilbo is amazing. He’s going to be amazing, he’s going to be fantastic in this film.

Ha! Now all I can picture is Watson with hobbit feet. What would Sherlock say?

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens December 14, 2012.

Source: Comic Book Movie

Yup. It’s pretty much just as the title says. This new still from The Hobbit accompanied the interview Evangeline Lilly gave a few days back, but it features Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his new dwarven chums. Oh, and two plates of meat. Uh, yum?

The first part of The HobbitAn Unexpected Journey releases on December 14th this year. Until then, we’ve got thrilling images like this and that damn wonderful trailer to keep us busy. How far away is December 14th? Over 45 weeks?! Oh god…sooo long.

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome 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.

Source: Geek Tyrant

When you think of he word Dwarf, what usually comes to mind are those seven miners from Snow White, or perhaps some vertically challenged person on one of them little people living in a big world shows on TLC. Bah! These three could kick the shit out of all of them.

So yea, here’s your first look at dwarves Bofur, Bombur and Bifur from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Bofur, Bombur and Bifur are being played by veteran actors Stephen Hunter, James Nesbitt and William Kircher.

“While most of the Company of Thorin Oakensheild is related to the royal and noble line of Durin, Bofur, his brother Bombur and their cousin Bifur most definitely are … not. Born and bred in the West, descendants of coal miners and iron workers, they have joined the Quest for the Lonely Mountain partly to seek their fortune and partly because they were told the beer was free.”

Whoever is doing the costume design for The Hobbit deserves some kind of reward, it’s stunning. They’re making a serious effort to make sure each dwarf looks unique and distinct. You gotta love how fat Bombur is.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on December 14th 2012.

To see the other dwarf images click Here and Here,

Via: Geek Tyrant