Just like that, without much hoopla or fanfare, “The Hobbit” films have wrapped production.
It’s hard to believe that this is the second time in his life that director Peter Jackson has finished an epic adaptation of some of J.R.R. Tolkein’s most beloved material. He seems to be in a bit of shock too, judging by the way he made his announcement.
“We made it!” he posted to Facebook. “Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on ‘The Hobbit.’ Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con!”
It will be interesting to see what Jackson brings to San Diego next week. Hopefully he’ll present some 48 fps footage so he can test what a very hyped yet layman audience thinks of the style of filmmaking.
Also, fingers crossed for some new footage. We’ve already seen one trailer for the movie, but that was back in December so we’re due for another one. The Warner Bros. panel is a good two and a half hours long, so hopefully a hefty bit of “The Hobbit” is shown there.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” hits theaters on December 14. The movie follows titular hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with a group of adventurous dwarves and the wizard Gandalf to the Lonely Mountain to retrieve some treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug. It stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage and Aidan Turner, among many, many others.
The film’s sequel, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is set to be released on December 13, 2013.