. . . Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means . . . Peter Jackson is finally in NZ to begin filming the long awaited prequel movies to LOTR.
Ian McKellen will return as Gandalf
Andy Serkis as Gollum
Cate Blanchett as Gadadriel
Elijah Wood as Frodo
new set of actors (naturall)
but the same merry band of production people as LOTR
The TWO films are projected to inject 1 BILLION dollars to the NZ economy,production company receiving about 100 million in tax breaks and incentives from the NZ government. (nice chunk of change for the Kiwis)
not sure I am crazy about the 3D plans..but time will tell.
While I can't say I liked the LoTR movies BETTER than the books, I do love them dearly. I am SO happy PJ is doing The Hobbit, though I worry it will end up being too "adult" - it is, after all, a children's story.
But I had faith in PJ while we waited with bated breath during LoTR production, so I have faith in him now!
I'm really looking forward to the movie, although I have no idea why Legolas is stated to be in it... but it's all right, because David Tennant will be an elf!
Legolas is going to be in it because he was present for the events in the story as his father was the Elf King in the Hobbit and he fought in the battle which will be depicted in the movies. He simply wasn't made known until the Lord Of The Rings was written.
Can't wait!!! I absolutely love The Hobbit, read it more times than I can count. This is making me want to read it again, it's been awhile, lol. I like the LOTR movies, only made it through one book, and considered that an accomplishment. I'll probably try and read the other ones eventually, but I couldn't get into them.