The Hobbit to Begin Shooting in February
Now that Warner Brothers and MGM have officially given the green light for production of The Hobbit movies, the first movie will begin to shoot in February of 2011. As of now, the planned December 2012 opening for the first installment remains the target date. If that remains the case, Peter Jackson will have to be very efficient with his directing and post production.
More and more rumors continue to pile up in related to casting, which means we should be hearing some official announcements anytime now. However, the dispute does still remains with the New Zealand actors unions, in which negotiations are still ongoing. If an agreement cannot be made, production may be relocated, as Jackson has already stated that he has done all in his power and that “other locations” are being explored by the studios in case there can be no compromise. In the end, New Zealand very much covets the Tolkien heritage it has received from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and I believe we will see an agreement made.
The Hobbit is set to take place 60 years prior to where the Lord of the Rings story begins. Thus, the movie will depict the characters relative to the time frame. Of course, those that are familiar with the story, know that it is on this journey that Bilbo finds the Ring of Power, which is what the following trilogy is named after.