October 24, 2017

Hobbit filming finally underway in NZ

Finally all the little Hobbits are lined up behind Peter Jackson and ready to star in front of the camera.

Martin Freeman’s career defining role as Bilbo Baggins is finally underway with the filming of the two Hobbit movies commencing in New Zealand.

After months of delays including funding issues, actors union action and health scares for director Peter Jackson, the two Lord of the Rings prequels are full steam ahead.

JRR Tolkeins fantasy novel The Hobbit has been split into two movies, the first of which is due for release late in 2012.

Initially production pre-hold-ups had already accounted for first choice director Guillermo del Toro, who was watching his life pass him bywhile studios struggled over funding.

Peter Jackson was forced to reprise his directing role for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, when other commitments meant del Toro could wait no longer.

Indoor shooting is to take place at Jackson’s Stone Street Studios in Miramar, Wellington. The rest of the shoot is spread throughout New Zealand as it was for the LOTR series.

Studios Warner Bros and New Line had previously considered taking the production away from New Zealand after acting unions threatened to boycott the films in protest over payments.

It turned out that the whole saga was largely an arm twisting exercise by the studios to squeeze a better financial deal out of the New Zealand government.

After the studios threatened to leave, thousands of people took to the streets up and down New Zealand to demand that the production remained in the country, reacting to a masterful display of propaganda by the NZ government, Jackson and Warner Bros.

The films also star Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Andy Serkis as Gollum, Elijah Wood as Frodo and Cate Blanchett as Galadriel.