The Hobbit: There And Back Againis a fine title for the third and final installment of Peter Jackson’s trilogy. It’s taken from the book, it’s catchy and suggests the film is the last chapter in the tale.
Good as it may be, it might not be the title Warner Bros. sticks with.
The debate still rages on whether or not it was a good decision for Peter Jackson to have made two Hobbitfilms into three. After seeing The Desolation of Smaug some of the added material appears to be just that, added material to pad out an extra, middle film. Then again, not until we see next year’sThere and Back Again will we know for sure if Smaug‘s extra scenes pay off. But had the plan for two films stuck, where would the split have come? (more…)
Does LEGO make actual building blocks anymore? Just curious because they only seem to do sets based on movies and video games based on sets based on movies now. But I digress. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that they’re teaming up with TT Games and The LEGO Group to produce LEGO The Hobbit, a new game to be released sometime in 2014, presumably in time for the final part of The Hobbit trilogy, There and Back Again. Will you be able to play it? Well, as long as you have one of the following platforms – Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation, Vita, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, as well as Windows PC and Mac – then you should be good to go. (more…)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey made just over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, a tremendous success no matter what way you look at it, and a good sign for Warner Bros, the studio that took a chance on Peter Jackson to catch lightening in a bottle for a return sojourn through Middle Earth. With two movies to go, what could possible be the dark cloud in this bright sky?
How about $561 million in production costs on the trilogy so far? That’s the number Varietyreported after obtaining financial documents filed in New Zealand, home base for Jackson and all things Hobbit related. That $561 million (or $676 million in New Zealand money) covers all aspects of production through March 31st this year, so it doesn’t cover the recent reshoots, the majority of post-production on part 2 The Desolation of Smaug or any of the post on part3, There and Back Again.
How does that compare to the original Lord of the Rings trilogy? Good question.
Or, rather, I should say he Facebook-ed it all because all day yesterday Peter Jackson was updating his Facebook page with reports from the set on the final day of filming for The Hobbit trilogy. Above is a photo he posted with the caption, “Big Richard, Medium Richard and Little Richard,” referring to Richard Armitage who plays Thorin pictured along with two of his dwarven-size doubles. It’s up to you to figure out which is which. “One of these is Richard Armitage, and two of them are not. It’s your guess,” says Jackson.
Directors utilizing social media is nothing new. I mean, doesn’t Bryan Singer tweet a picture from the set of Days of Future Past like every hour? But I don’t believe anyone’s done it better than Jackson. His video blogs and Facebook updates have provided fans an inside look at the filmmaking process that often even Blu-ray extras can’t compete with. And this particular day of Facebook updates is the best yet. You’ll marvel at how much stuff the man must manage in one day. It’s amazing! From 8:30 in the morning until 7:30 at night Jackson posted about filming stunts, fights scenes with Dwalin (Graham McTavish), Fili (Dean O’Gorman), and Kili (Aidan Turner), music spotting with Howard Shore, and Mr. Smudge, his cat, who sees him off every morning and welcomes him home in the evening.
Oh! And these two,
What’s happening here, I have no idea, but Jackson assures us this was filmed. For the movie, not simply shits and giggles, though I can’t imagine anyone keeping a straight face while whatever this is happens.
Do go scroll through Jackson’s Facebook for all the updates as they’re a fascinating look at the final filming day for one monumental movie undertaking. The only bummer is, if we’re to get any more of his video blogs, they’ll be coming from post-production. Still looking forward to them, though, so hurry up Peter!
Peter Jackson tweeted another significant moment during his filming of the last two Hobbit films. This time around it’s the completion of Martin Freeman‘s last scene as Bilbo Baggins.
Tonight Martin Freeman finished his last shot as Bilbo Baggins. The end of an incredible two and a half years. I cannot imagine anyone else in this role – a character that Martin has nurtured and crafted with love and great skill.
As the production has progressed rapidly toward the editing and special effects stages, we’ve seen the last of those pretty elves, gritty humans, mysterious wizards and now that clever hobbit. That just leaves the dwarves. We now enter our final two weeks of pick-ups, and it’s wall to wall dwarves. These pick-ups have been grueling and intense, but I’m so happy with what we’ve been shooting. These next two movies are going to be pretty great!
We’ll get to see Freeman as Bilbo two more times, this December in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and in December of 2014 in The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
In a surprising, yet somehow not unexpected, change of events the release for the third Hobbit film, The Hobbit: There And Back Again, has been pushed to December 17, 2014. Surprising, because I thought the July 18, 2014 release date was their way of appeasing fans who were upset it became another trilogy. Unexpected, because let’s be honest, turning the series into a trilogy means more time is needed. This is Peter fuckin’ Jackson, he is not one to rush things.
And I’m okay with that. Let the man take his time and give us a another damn good trilogy of films. I enjoyed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but I know others felt it was sluggish and weak, so the next two need to be really solid if it has any hope of matching The Lord of the Rings.
What do you think of the added wait time? Is it asking too much of fans?
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug releases later this year on December 13th.
It’s been over 50 days since we got a video blog from Peter Jackson updating us on the production of The Hobbit. In that time, I’ve jerked off a lot. A whole lot. Seriously, If Dexter walked in here with that Luminol stuff it’d look like a Jackson Pollock museum. But that’s neither here or there, just an admission of my fertility *wink*. As far as Hobbit stuff goes, we’ve heard of some last minute casting updates (Luke Evans as Grim the Bard, Benedict Cumberbatch voicing Smaug) and we’ve seen some nifty official character photos of Bilbo, Gandalf and most recently some Dwarfs, but all-in-all it’s been all quiet on The Hobbit front.
Well, now we have Vlog #2 featuring Jackson and Andy Serkis. In the 10 minute+ Vlog you’ll hear them discuss how exhausted they are, how they are in pre-production and post-production at the same time, what cast and crew are doing on production break. You’ll also see Jackson do some location scouting. Like any other past video update from Jackson, it gives you a fascinating insight. It brings you that much more into world at hand.
They’ve got 200 more days left of shooting (whoa). The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set for release on December 14, 2012 and The Hobbit: There and Back Againis scheduled for release on December 13, 2013.