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What to Expect with “An Unexpected Journey” (First Hobbit Movie)

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As we near the year out mark of the most anticipated movie of 2012, The Hobbit, here is some information to keep you salivating. The studios released an in depth synopsis of exactly what the first Hobbit installment, An Unexpected Journey, will be about.  There has been a lot of confusion about just how the book will be integrated into the two movies and how Lord of the Rings characters fit into that as well.  Here is the information :

 From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of two films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The second film will be The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

Both films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before 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 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.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins. Also reprising their roles from The Lord of the Rings movies are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; Orlando Bloom as Legolas; and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

The ensemble cast also includes (in alphabetical order) Richard Armitage, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Evangeline Lilly, 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 both The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again 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 Alan Horn, Ken Kamins, Toby Emmerich and Zane Weiner, with Boyens serving as co-producer.

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.

Among the creative behind-the-scenes team returning to Jackson’s crew are director of photography Andrew Lesnie, production designer Dan Hennah, conceptual designers Alan Lee and John Howe, composer Howard Shore and make-up and hair designer Peter King. The costumes are designed by Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor. The score is being composed by Howard Shore.

Taylor is also overseeing the design and production of weaponry, armour and prosthetics which are once again being made by the award winning Weta Workshop. Weta Digital take on the visual effects for both films, led by the film’s visual effects supervisor, Joe Letteri. Post production will take place at Park Road Post Production in Wellington.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again 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.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released beginning December 14, 2012. The second film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is slated for release the following year, beginning December 13, 2013.

  • Wendigo_31

    This tells us nothing we, who read the source material, didn’t already know!!!!!!

  • So I am guessing Viggo Mortensen is not coming back?

  • Daviddon

    This article in no way provides what the intro. claims it would.

  • Bob Tregilus

    I don’t see where it says anything about how LotR characters are integrated into The Hobbit? However, I’m very pleased to see reference to a shape-shifter which can only mean that Beron will be in the movie. Whew! I thought he might get cut like Tom Bombadil did. 

  • Michelle

    I am really looking forward to these movies. To return to Middle Earth will be like seeing and old friend again.

  • Ohhhh! I’m so looking forward to this!!! I wish I could be apart of the making of it… but I understand why I can’t… maybe they’ll make the Silmarillion sometime and I could be apart of that! ^.^ It’s because of the LotR that I want to be an actress now… Thank you all so much! You’re awesome! <3

  • Lalovader

    I am eager to see The Silmarillion brought to the big screen or even to the TV screen in some time. Of course it would be a titanic enterprise. Greetings to everyone.

  • Anonymous

    That would be a really long, and boring movie. It would be difficult to follow 30,000 years of storytelling; or the fanboys would nerd-rage because information had to be kept out to truncate the story into movie size.

    Maybe a miniseries, but never a movie. It would also be too disconnected from LotR and The Hobbit, that I doubt general audiences would find much enjoyment.

  • Fans took to social media sites to express their excitement with most complaining about the long wait until the film’s release in December 2012.

  • Tom Owens

    It’s not that hard to imagine how the LOTR cast will be used. Either the writing or transfer of the book from Bilbo to Frodo would be a great way to flash back 60 years. You could even open and close the movies with LOTR characters around the fire or sharing a meal and telling the tale of the journey and the finding of the ring. Is it just me or does it smell like popcorn in here?