Director Peter Jackson has wrapped filming on The Hobbit. The shoot, which lasted 266 days, saw the two-part fantasy being made back-to-back in New Zealand.
|Image courtesy of Peter Jackson|
Based on the bestselling fantasy novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again are the long-awaited prequels to the Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Also directed by Jackson, the film series had banked $2.91 billion at the box office by the time the final instalment was released in 2003.
Jackson took to his Facebook page to proclaim his delight on completion of filming: "We made it! 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."
|Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins|
Image courtesy of Peter Jackson, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.
The films star Martin Freeman in the lead role of Bilbo Baggins, Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. Actors reprising their roles from The Lord of the Rings include Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett and Ian Holm.
|The Hobbit Comic-Con 2012 Poster|
Image courtesy of Peter Jackson
Jackson, producer and co-writer Philippa Boyens and Second Unit Director Andy Serkis, as well as cast members Freeman, McKellen and Armitage, will attend Warner Brothers' Comic Con International in San Diego on Saturday July 14th.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be in cinemas on December 14, 2012 while The Hobbit: There And Back Again is scheduled for release on December 13, 2013.