The Hobbit being remade is exciting news indeed for LOTR fans everywhere. But the best news is that, not only are remaking The Hobbit, but they are turning it into a 2 part feature! Directed by Peter Jackson, the first part will be called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the second will be called The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
The filming for both, which are being shot back to back, is taking place is scenic New Zealand (probably the same area that LOTR was shot originally). There will old veteran actors playing their respective roles such as Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, and quite a few others. But, there will also be new actors entering the scene as well such as Martin Freeman as “Bilbo Baggins” and Richard Armitage as “Thorin Oakenshield”.
The movies are going to be released almost exactly one year apart from each other, the first on December 14, 2012 and the second part on December 13, 2013.
Most everyone knows the plot of the original Tolkien book The Hobbit, but here is a plot synopsis that we found on the MTV Movies Blog:
The adventure 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. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.
Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
I myself am quite excited to see this movie remade! I remember watching the original 1977 animated version as a kid. Being able to shoot this film using today’s animation technology to bring all of the Tolkien creatures to life… is very exciting indeed! I can’t wait to see how they portray all of the monsters, especially Smaug the dragon… It’s going to be SWEET.
Don’t forget to stop by and read The Hobbit: Book to Film: A Jaunty Discussion By Rachel and Elena.