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Friday, July 6, 2012

'The Hobbit' films wrap production

Stephen Hunter, James Nesbitt and William Kircher in "The Hobbit"
"The Hobbit" films have wrapped production in New Zealand. Stephen Hunter, James Nesbitt and William Kircher in "The Hobbit." (James Fisher / Warner Bros.)
Two of Hollywood's most anticipated -- and most expensive -- forthcoming movies have wrapped production in New Zealand.

Shot together, a pair of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy book "The Hobbit" have completed principal photography following a 266-day shoot in New Zealand, director Peter Jackson announced on his Facebook page Friday.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first of the two movies, hits theaters on Dec. 14 of this year, followed by "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" on Dec. 13, 2013.

"Next stop, the cutting room," Jackson said on his Facebook post. "Oh, and Comic-Con!"

"The Hobbit" is expected to be the centerpiece of Warner Bros.' presentation at the Comic-Con International convention in San Diego on July 14, where Jackson will address fans and show footage from the first movie.

Bankrolled by Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema unit and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the two "Hobbit" pictures together cost more than $500 million to produce. The studios consider the 3-D follow-ups to the hit "Lord of the Rings" trilogy to be as close to a sure thing as there is in Hollywood, particularly with Jackson back in charge.

Jackson's trio of "Lord of the Rings" films, which the director also shot together, grossed a whopping $2.9 billion worldwide.


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Anonymous said...

I cant wait to see these two movies. I thought they did a great job on the Lord of Rings trilogy with the casting of characters and the environment of the world.
Devin Murtaugh

Katrin Clyde said...

I like the Lord of the Rings movies I'm not surprised it's it's grossed so much money and it's good to know their will be more movies coming out soon cause I thought they did a good job with the other's