The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey isn’t in theaters until December 14, 2012, but here’s the first look at how epic it will be. Along the way we get a glimpse at how some of the characters from the Lord of the Rings trilogy will be woven into this two-part prequel (part two, There And Back Again, arrives in December, 2013), specifically Galadriel and Frodo. Now excuse us, we have to go watch this trailer again for the millionth time…
New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM today announced the official full titles and release dates for both films adapting J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The Peter Jackson directed films are currently in production and it remains to be seen what additional material is being added in order to bridge these two films with Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. For now, though, we have The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey being released on December 14, 2012 and The Hobbit: There and Back Again debuting on December 13, 2013. The 1937 novel is actually called The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, so it stands to reason that one of the films would bear this name. The Unexpected Journey is actually very fitting and suitably Tolkien-esque, so that works as well. Now that those formalities are out of the way, expect the excitement to heighten!
Honestly, I was dreading both of these films back when Peter Jackson was not going to direct. The man knows the books inside and out and defined the look of Middle-earth for, well, for ever, as far as I am concerned. Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about a different interpretation of the Shire and other locales. Peter Jackson released frequent video diaries during the filming of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and he continues the tradition with The Hobbit duology. Here is the first:
Late Thursday, Weta Workshop announced that it would soon be hosting a live online chat session with both Peter Jackson and Guillermo Del Toro, and the subject will be the making of “The Hobbit” as well as the yet to named companion film. Hearkening back to the to the days of preproduction for “Lord of the Rings”, PJ is looking for input from fans of both his movies and Tolkien’s work. To do so, he is asking that everybody to submit their questions via email and from those he, along with Del Toro, will be answering the 20 most popular questions. In the course of doing so they will also be taking live questions via chat.
To read the letter from PJ, or to register for the chat, click here.
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The one hour live on-line chat schedule is:
Los Angeles (Pacific) – Saturday, 24 May 1:00 p.m.
New York (Eastern) – Saturday, 24 May 4:00 p.m.
London – Saturday, 24 May 9:00 p.m.
Paris, Berlin, Rome – Saturday, 24 May 10:00 p.m.
Sydney – Sunday, 25 May 6:00 a.m.
Wellington, Auckland – Sunday, 25 May 8:00 am
It has been rumored, speculated and otherwise bantered through the Lord of the Rings fan community that Guillermo del Toro had been approached by Peter Jackson to direct a feature-film version of The Hobbit. Last night, del Toro’s involvement was finally confirmed by Variety. The Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth director has agreed to helm not only an adaptation of The Hobbit, but also a sequel film which will include storyline that will fill the gap in time that exists between the events in The Hobbit and those in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
The announcement was made in conjunction with New Line and MGM, who will be sharing in distribution and financing of the films. Del Toro will be moving to New Zealand later this year to begin collaboration with Peter Jackson and special effects house WETA. No release date has been set for the films, as production isn’t scheduled to begin until later in the year. Del Toro has scheduled four years for the two-film project, so expect a release date somewhere in 2011 – 2012.
Read the original article over at Variety.