If there’s one guy who can bring unfilmable stories to the big screen it’s Peter Jackson. To unparalleled success he brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy to life and the fans loved him for it (you might recall that he snagged an Oscar or two for his efforts). Now he’s hard at work on the long awaited prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and that’s got fans everywhere clamoring for December.
What makes his films so engaging is the insane about of detail he puts into them. Yet it’s not just what’s on the screen that’s fun to behold, it’s what goes on behind the scenes that can sometimes be even more appealing. Jackson, even as far back as the uber-informative 4 hour “making of ” from his overlooked cult horror/comedy The Frighteners , he has always tried to share his experience with the audience. So here is the 7th production blog from his Stone Street Studio. Suffer one advert and then…Enjoy!
In the picture atop the post, Jackson is joined by Orlando Bloom, who is returning as Legolas (yes, put in for continuity) and Kiran Shah as a Hobbit scale double. Shah, like Warwick Davis has made a name for himself provinging thankless roles in film like roles/stunt work on films like Return of the Jedi, Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia films to name a few small productions. Jackson is, again, certainly the right visionary to bring this film and its immense scale to life. Just look at all the departments he has to keep tabs on. I think only Spielberg or Cameron would have the energy or experience to handle something of this magnitude.
So while we’re still 6 months from The Hobbit hitting theaters it looks like they’re moving along very well. They’re not quite in the home stretch but it’s just exciting to see what he’s got planned for us. Featuring the return of many of the cast that made the trilogy a hit, plus a slew of new characters, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will hit theaters this Fall in 3D on December 14th, 2012.