Dwarves from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit
Though nothing will be presented at this week's Comic-Con International in San Diego, Lord of the Rings trilogy empresario Peter Jackson checks in on Facebook regarding his wildly anticipated version of Tolkien's Ring trilogy prequel, The Hobbit.
First the bad news: "We won't be doing any Hobbit presentation at Comic Con in San Diego this year. New Line and Warner Bros were very happy to support a presentation, but I declined, simply because I felt it was too early. There's so much more of the films still to shoot ... But something tells me we will be there in force next year."
On the other hand: "We've just finished a new video blog, covering a little more of the first block of shooting. So please enjoy this—at least you don't have to travel to San Deigo to see it!"
Check out production video #3 of Jackson's The Hobbit, which to remind the unwashed, is the story of Frodo's uncle Bilbo's adventures as a young man culminating in the discovery of the One Ring.
In the video, a homelessly attired Jackson wanders the grounds of England's iconic Pinewood Studios looking for actor Andy Serkis, who reprises his role of Gollum from the Rings trilogy. From on location in New Zealand, we get a glimpse of Gollum's cave, Bilbo's (Martin Freeman) home at Bag End, meet several of the 13 dwarves who accompany Bilbo on his journey, view Ian McKellen as wizard Gandalf, return to Rivendell for some elvish action with Hugo Weaving and Cate Blanchett, and in general are reassured that The Hobbit will successfully recreate the magical ambience of the Rings trilogy.
Production video #2 is here, and #1 is here. The Hobbit is scheduled for release on December 14, 2012