Take a look at the following footage from Peter Jackson’s YouTube channel. While it may not look like anything special initially, there does appear to be some first look stuff from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug releasing later this year. The film will follow An Unexpected Journey which turned out to be every bit as successful as Warner Bros. had hoped. Its global box office haul came in above $1 billion, forcing the studio to rethink their plans on a July ’14 release of the trilogy capper, There and Back Again. In case you missed that news, fans can now expect the third Hobbit movie in December ’14 perhaps in part to build continuity. Continue Reading
It appears I was not the only one looking for Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailer for The Lord of the Rings the other day because the infamous parody label now has an installment for Peter Jackson’s fantasy trilogy. This is their second such offering in a month’s time as we recently got a glimpse of one for The Dark Knight Rises that thoroughly picks apart the film’s nonsensical nature. That’s okay though because at the last the folks at AFI were fooled. It made their top ten list for 2012. Continue Reading
Those following Peter Jackson through the years are already well aware of his post-Hobbit plans. After shooting wraps on the final two installments early next year, the director will head back to The Adventures of Tintin which he collaborates on with Steven Spielberg. The property may not have struck gold at the North American box office last Christmas, but it did manage to make bank at its Euro counterpart to the tune of $296.4 million overseas alone. In other words, the sequel (which was already announced as part of trilogy intentions) was assured. Continue Reading
Earlier this week, audiences of The Colbert Report witnessed appearances by Bilbo Baggins player Martin Freeman and Gandalf himself, but last night was director Peter Jackson’s time to shine. In addition to spearheading the effort for the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, he is also firmly behind all three Hobbit outings thus why we care what he has to say at the matter and find any such appearance relatively interesting. Production completed on the pic back in July, but that was before Warner Bros. added a third outing to The Hobbit so keep in mind all this promotion being had is before shooting has wrapped. It is expected that five to six more weeks of filming will take place after the new year. Continue Reading
After years of anticipation, the first reviews have just hit the net for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This is a project that cannot possibly be more hyped up, and the question now is whether or not this was merely studio-generated buzz. Does the fantasy feature live up to its billing or is it another Phantom Menace? Fortunately, a host of regular critics got to weigh in early as opposed to giving fanboy sites the first crack at things to help bolster An Unexpected Journey’s Rotten Tomatoes’ score. Because of this, we now get an early look at where things will eventually lie after 15-so reviews as opposed to the usual 40 for a movie this scale, so maybe we could actually take to heart what these people suggest: that the movie is not the franchise’s best outing. Continue Reading
Today brings with it the ninth video diary for production on The Hobbit featuring director Peter Jackson. Basically, this is all post-production material with nods mostly towards the animators and their support staff. The takeaway here will be fans get to see the original building where Lord of the Rings was brought to fruition. You also get to see where those behind-the-scenes live during the latest trip to Middle-Earth. Continue Reading
At long last, we have a brand new trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to fawn over. The movie is to be the first installment of a prequel trilogy spearhead by director Peter Jackson that will release over the next three years and it also happens to be the first blockbuster film shot at 48 frames per second, so it is kind of a big deal. That said, enjoy your second look at the juggernaut movie that many consider to be a potential 10-figure effort at the box office. Continue Reading
It has been a while since we have seen new Hobbit footage (unless you count the recut first trailer that featured 5 seconds of such content,) so naturally fans of the Lord of the Rings franchise are on the edge of their seats waiting for the obligatory second promo. Today, it was announced via The Hobbit’s Facebook page that the next one is set to arrive later this week as part of a Tolkien celebration of sorts. While the mainstream probably does not care about why, Mr. Peter Jackson has confirmed via the following video that it will indeed drop on Wednesday, September 19. Continue Reading
The following might be of interest to those of you who really cannot wait to see the new wave of 48 frames per second films. It essentially will not be available to you, the mass market consumer, until 2013 and only if trial runs prove successful. A story from Variety came out earlier this week saying that Warner Bros. has cold feet about offering the movie up to theater goers with every 3D screening, and the studio will instead now opt to do limited rollouts of the technology. Continue Reading
There is a brand new trailer out for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Do not get too excited though as the new footage is literally about five seconds in total divided between three separate glimpses. Still it is new, so it has our attention as anything The Hobbit should get respect considering it will likely dominate the December box office.
The Hobbit’s stars include include Luke Evans, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian Holm, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee, and Billy Connolly. An Unexpected Journey releases into theaters nationwide on December 14, 2012. Continue Reading
Beyond the opportunity to see a film shot at 48 frames per second, there is perhaps another reason to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 3D this winter. Real 3D is apparently trying to sell limited edition glasses to movie theaters in preparation for the film’s December release to ensure that their theater has a leg up on the competition. I am not sure if this really costs more to make, but it is very nice to have an extra reason to upgrade for premium tickets. Continue Reading
Confirmation just came today about the split of The Hobbit into three films. Word hit just last week that the thing was getting hammered out at Warner Bros.; however, many speculated it was a done deal because no studio in their right mind would turn down an extra billion-dollar film which was largely already in the can.
There are no details as of yet, but what we can speculate on is that the original strategy to shoot a little more footage is intact. This news comes less than a month after principal photography wrapped following 266 days of shooting. The questions will now turn to just ‘how much more footage do they need’ and ‘when will the third Hobbit movie release into theaters.’ Continue Reading
We are now just waiting on studio confirmation, but all systems are go for The Hobbit trilogy from Peter Jackson. The original plan at Warner Bros. was to make the Lord of the Rings prequel in two parts, but the director behind the efforts has a bit of a problem—he shot way too much good footage and editing is certain to be hell. The solution? Add another movie.
The hold up on confirmation is based on logistics which might actually take weeks to hammer out. Marketing the two-part series was probably already setup nicely with a neat little bow on top and now that is certain to be reworked. Complicating matters is things take off in less than five months. Furthermore, cast deals are essentially based on a per film basis. This might mean that everyone involved will get even more money for shooting just a bit more, but it also means contracts need to be redrafted. Continue Reading
The Hobbit was one of the many many feature films to invade this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, and lucky for fans who were not able to show up, that seems to be the topic of Peter Jackson’s latest video blog. Basically, it is exactly what you expect, ‘hype hype hype,’ but perhaps it is a bit more than that. To a very limited degree, it shows the inner workings of the marketing might pushed behind some of our favorite movies. Hit the jump for the view. Continue Reading
According to Total Film, a reluctant Steven Spielberg is handing over the director’s chair for The Adventures of Tintin franchise to Peter Jackson for the series’ second effort. The two apparently made a deal before launching the series theatrically, and Spielberg will be honoring it. That might mean that future installments of Tintin could feature a rotation between the two, but for now let’s just wait and see if Tintin‘s second effort picks up some steam at the domestic box office.
As for new information pertaining to the sequel, there really isn’t any at all. Spielberg did however acknowledge that they are not ready to divulge the books that are the basis for The Adventures of Tintin 2, so fans of the saga can look forward to hearing about that.