May 31, 2011

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Titles and Release Dates Announced

New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM have announced the titles and release dates for filmmaker Peter Jackson’s two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece THE HOBBIT.  The first film, titled “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” will be released on December 14, 2012.  The second film, titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is slated for release the following year, on December 13, 2013.

Both films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”  The adventure of THE HOBBIT follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

Under Jackson’s direction, both movies are being shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology.  Filming is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, and Martin Freeman, who just won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the BBC series “Sherlock,” takes on the central role of Bilbo Baggins.  Also reprising their roles from THE LORD OF THE RINGS movies are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Orlando Bloom as Legolas; Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

The ensemble cast also includes (in alphabetical order) Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, and Aidan Turner.

The screenplays for THE HOBBIT films are by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson.  Jackson is also producing the films, together with Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham.  The executive producers are Ken Kamins and Zane Weiner, with Philippa Boyens serving as co-producer.

THE HOBBIT films are productions of New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production.  Warner Bros Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television licensing being handled by MGM.

  1. awesome news! great titles!

  2. JoeNotCharles says:

    Is it too late to change it to “The Hobbit: There” and “The Hobbit: Back Again”?

  3. Can’t wait! Only a year and a half to go for the follow up to the blockbuster ‘Lord of the Rings’. No pressure Pete!

  4. Shoshanna says:

    Great titles! I love December…and look forward to Christmas & the Hobbit!!! Thanks for settling the speculation that Hugo Weaving will indeed be reprising his role as well. Awesome!!!

    • Me too! When the LOTR films were coming out I just couldn’t wait for December! Never mind about Christmas :p

  5. Glorfindel says:

    I guess I know when to buy tickets for now.

    • lakesider3 says:

      Enjoyed your role in the book,finding Frodo, Aragorn and the hobbits on the way to Rivendell.
      Did you also fight ‘the Balrog’ in “The Fall of Gondolin”? It is said you came back from death and aided Elrond in protecting the free peoples of middle-earth. Lol

  6. I guess we will have to postpone the end of the world!

  7. Steve Dilks says:

    I think the title for the first one should be-“The hobbit:-here we go again” and the second one should be “The hobbit-milking the cash cow again, Petey?”. Then there could be a third installment staring Russel Brand and it could be called-“Carry on Smaug”. You know the story, the one sort of based on Tolkein’s notes rescued by his great grand nephew from the fireplace, sort of thingy.

    • You sound jealous! The new Conan movie is getting slagged off left right and centre. Don’t try and make yourself feel better by trying to be funny on the Hobbit blog. Pete gives his heart and soul when making a movie and I’m sure he don’t need the money.
      Get back on the conan blog and leave us alone!

      • I agree with you that Pete gives his heart, soul etc., but everybody needs money 🙂 I don’t see any reasons for the two parts.

        • GillGalad says:

          Very simple: more freedom in the story telling, more entertainment for us fans. He won’t just be telling the story depicted in the Hobbit, there will also be parts of the White Council banishing Sauron and more.

          • J Hepper says:

            The book is long, how would they fit it into one film without missing out parts?

            I’d rather watch it in it’s entirety and to see both films!

            Plus it means we get more to watch : )

          • Sharkey of Bag End says:

            If Mr. Jackson really wanted to milk the property, he’d do a 50-film series of The Silmarrillion.

            Two Hobbit films sounds about right. My only regret is that after these two…well, I’ll have my box set at least.

            Mr. Dilks is just a troll…stick him out in the sunlight and watch him turn to stone. I’d give him a kick myself, but:

            “harder than stone is the flesh and bone
            Of a troll that sits in the hills alone.
            As well set your boot to the mountain’s root,
            For the seat of a troll don’t feel it.”

          • I don’t think The Silmarillion could be done. It’s too complex although it would be amazing to see it done (the way I imagine it would be..). I’d be scared to watch it but if anyone could pull it off, it’d be PJ 🙂

          • lakesider3 says:

            Pete could do an overview of the 1st age as one movie or pick a particular story on any given time line of the Elder days and make a movie out of it. There are soo many layers of History that it would be like picking a card from a deck and expanding it into a movie.

    • It’s in two parts because they can’t fit it into one movie! I’m actually glad it’s in two parts, this way they won’t have to miss out too much of the story from the book.

    • I’m looking forward to the bridge story! The destruction of Dol Guldur, the hunt for Gollum, and Bilbo becoming even more disreputable in the Shire.

    • I think they are learning from their mistakes. The biggest complaint about any movie is that it doesn’t follow the book in detail. Two parts allows “The Hobbit” to add more detail and follow the book. I have heard repeated complaints from viewers that LOTR left out Tom Bombadil.

  8. Great News. I like the titles.

  9. David~NL says:

    Awesome titles yes! 😀

  10. GroovyHiker says:

    So they’re splitting ‘The Hobbit’ into two parts or…?

  11. Yes, this will be awesome, awesome and more awesome. I should probably go put up a marker outside the cinema and get ready to line up for the first tickets 🙂


  12. Hello! i love Peter Jakson and the LOR <3!
    I want to subscribe to this page, how I can do it?

    existe algín sitio oficial en español???

  13. ELF FROM RIVENDELL (karla) says:

    hellooooooooooooooooooooo woooooooooow im soooooooo happyyyyyyy 😀 the hobbiiit the new adventureee , i have a question what happen with viggo mortensen? aaaaaaaaaaah my lovee legolaas agaiiiin i loveeeee you orlando blooooom 😛

  14. i’m happy as a hobbit in a hole full of mushrooms 🙂

  15. Steve Dilks says:

    One day Gandalf was walking through the darkened woods of Sleazunsmut when he came across a small man sitting under a toadstool. Curiously did he sit this man, with his head jammed down between his knees. Bending down Gandalf inquired:”Hello little fellow,are you a hobbit?”
    Without lifting his head from between his legs the small man replied: “No,I’m a goblin-now go away”.
    P.S.- Is there room for a cameo for Arnold Schwarzenegger in this movie? Come on he needs the bucks. I’m sure he could play an elf or something.

  16. Glorfindel says:

    I can’t wait! Legolas will be in it!

  17. Hey Pete, I would like to nominate Christopher Lee as the voice for Smaug. In my opinion, he could do Smaug’s voice right. The titles are great.

  18. Excellent! I am very pleased to hear that many of the original cast and crew will be returning for this installment of Tolkien’s Middle Earth masterpiece. I wonder how they all feel about the reunion…

    Not sure how I feel about the 3D action, it may get intense! All the better, I suppose.

  19. The only thing that I’m not happy about is it being shot in 3D. I think it’s a fad and gimmicky which won’t last long. Some films have certainly come across well in 3D ( albeit giving some viewers a headache )but I see it as just another reason to bump up the ticket price and on the whole the experience not that much improved.

    • Steve Dilks says:

      You are of course forgetting that the new “Conan the barbarian” is in 3D and will raise the bar for this type of film. No doubt old Petey is quacking in his hobbit hole at the prospect of having to top what will be a landmark in fantasy cinema. He obviously rushed to film this in 3D to cash in on Conan’s popularity.

      • mario g says:

        hey there’s an awesome new rumor than daniel radcliffe may even play a young aragorn too!cant freaking wait if this is true, aragorn rocks!

        • Mario g. I hear Daniel Radcliffe is to play the young Conan. This will be jolly good for the film as he will attract a much larger audience than the handfull of old farts and Momoa’s teen followers currently interested.

          • mario g says:

            hey, whos an old fart? dilks i must say she is a keeper! awesome erica youve got a great sense of humor!:)…maybe it was pattinson playing ara…nah!

          • There is a significant number of people that can’t see the 3D effect and many of us that wear glasses don’t want to have to try put a second pair on our heads – for those reasons alone 3D MUST fail.

      • Arrr yes, Conan the homoerotic fantasy fiction by R.E.Howard.I have heard many rumours that Howard was gay and his profound inability to come to terms with his homosexual desires lead to his death. Apart from that no one knows who Conan is. I suggest you spend your time more constructively boring everyone on the Conan blog.

        • That’s where you are wrong! If I had a dime every time someone came on a blog yacking about this and that thinking they knew it all about fantasy fiction because they had a fairy tale about little people and a dragon read to them at beddy time. People like you make me sh#t my pants with laughter! Everyone knows that this new Conan film is true to the legacey of L.Sprague de Camp-NOT Robert E. Howard-and the computer game which will sell by the shed loads, once this epic movie hits the dolby 3D surround sound cinema complex in Scunthorpe -where it is showing for an entire week!
          Time to get off that high horse Erica and smell the coffee-insulting fellow bloggers only leads to Sarouman’s pit of evil trollers.

    • Seriously Steve Dilks why are you commenting on here? You’re not contributing so why not go and troll on a conan blog or something

  20. JarodA.Goodwin says:

    Well Peter, I hope you get to read this yourself. You’ve inspired me to act, luckily I’ve got some experience already, and I thought that you would want to know that you do touch people with these movies and that what you do can change the world. So I’ll act and hopefully we can work together on a project someday.

    Jarod A. Goodwin

  21. James C says:

    I’m finding it difficult to think of a something that I’ve been more excited about in my life. Some may say that’s sad. I prefer to think of it as a testament to how good LOTR was and how good the Hobbit is going to be. I would actually pay money to be a part of the journey the cast and crew have embarked on. What an experience.

    • I agree James. I read The Hobbit at least once a year and just watching that production video gives me goosebumps. I’d also pay to be a part of it. I’m so excited, I can’t wait!

  22. Rat Liz says:

    i hope they theaters start having 3D glasses that you can clip onto your own glasses by the time The Hobbit comes out. i really hate having to fumble with wearing two sets of glasses if and when i want to see a movie in 3D

  23. BlackopsXXX says:

    I’m sure the Hobbit will be a great epic feature; LOR3 was great but why are people getting such boners for the Hobbit, it’s just a movie and as i remeber i read the book when i was 10 and it was a lot girlier than LOR. Are there goong to be any massive battle scenes in the Hobbit because that is the only reason why I will watch it, that’s the only reason whay i watched LOR, LOL

    • We’re getting boners because we love Tolkien and Peter Jackson happens to be the mastermind bringing his books to life. And yes there is a massive battle. Maybe you should stick to Conan…

  24. BlackopsXXX says:

    @Erica. I find it funny that you think Conan the barbarian is homoerotic, have you seen the original movie, I think Arnie has his way with at least 3 women, one turned into a witch and the other was chained up in a cage!! the first one was good, nice and violent too. the 2nd one was a joke, it was soo bad (conan the destroyer!)

  25. I’m so glad, Christopher Lee reprises his role again. He’s just amazing, there can never be another Saruman than this living legend.

  26. Fantastic stuff!

  27. Can we have some news about the soundtracks? Howard Shore composed a NEW soundtrack or he (re)uses the main theme from LOTR?
    (be indulgent for my english… I’m french -and proud of it.-)

    • Glorfindel says:

      I hope he makes a new soundtrack but incorporates a part of ‘In Dreams’ from LOTR because then, I would have more stuff to play on the piano.

  28. When the first film came out I was 5 so I didn’t know what they were about but then my father gave me the films bacause he knew my sister loved them and ever since I’ve become addicted. Only this year I probably saw each film about 9 times. I also fell in love with New Zealand, which I want to visit someday, and the work of the director Peter Jackson. I read the books and realised what a briliant man J.R.R. Tolkien, his work was just amazing! And now, after my final exams I’m going to start reading “The Hobbit”. I am so happy to finally be a part, or at least be old enough to follow this follow this project. I love the actors that will be a part of the film and I’m sure it will be amazing. I can’t wait to see a trailer, clip and the film! GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING!!

  29. article published quite interesting & informative so that adds new value to me

  30. Very nice! Quite exciting.

    Have they done casting yet?
    Because I think Morven Christie of the Royal Shakespeare Company would make a perfect elven type. She’s got the softness and precision of an elf, with a face to match.

    Here she is with Sir Ian McKellen, Rupert Evans, Dame Judi Dench,and Patrick Stewart among others. She is the one resting her arm on Dench.

  31. Here’s another site where they have a bunch of info on the release and also a couple great new images for the movie as well:

  32. I like this movies.. the load of the ring and the hobbit. and I can’t wait.. please release next movies… thank you


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