Frankly, there's no other title that can convey the excitement behind this news. It's been about nine years since Return of the King rocked our socks with the harrowing action and vivid visuals that Peter Jackson can deliver. The wait for socks to be rocked off is quickly coming to a close. Announced today, principal filming has been completed for the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Time to break out your green ponchos and glowy swords, The Hobbit epic is breathing fresh life like Gandalf the White.
Based on the seminal J.R.R Tolkien story, the film will follow Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he is accompanied by Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a band of dwarves to steal vast treasures from an even more vast dragon. During his adventures, Bilbo learns to be a better Hobbit and a more wise person. Small side note, he also discovers the wicked ring that throws the aforementioned trilogy into motion.
After 266 days of shooting, Jackson recently announced on Facebook that they had finished their principal photography for both The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. The first of the two, An Unexpected Journey, is slated for release on December 14th, 2012 with the second one set to drop the following year on December 13th, 2013. Both will, however, be released in 3D and IMAX, so a hairy-toe-curling of a spectacle is guaranteed.
This venture marks the first adaptation of The Hobbit since the classic 1977 animated TV movie. What I'm most excited about: the fact that Martin Freeman looks nothing like a Cabbage Patch doll that had a horrid lovechild with a large rabbit. Watch the original in preparation for the new one. You'll see what I mean.