Bad news for all you 'Hobbit' fans headed to Comic-Con 2013: Peter Jackson has announced -- with much regret, of course -- that he won't be making an appearance or presenting any new footage from 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.' But there's also good news! This means he'll stay busy finishing the film so it meets its December release date on time, and he's unveiled nearly 10 minutes of new behind-the-scenes footage.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Every single behind-the-scenes video from 'The Hobbit' or the 'Lord of the Rings' films is, in its own little way, an advertisement for the nation of New Zealand. Peter Jackson's Middle Earth films have been completely shot in his home country, and it's now impossible to imagine J.R.R. Tolkien's fictional fantasy world without thinking of the gorgeous Kiwi countryside. A new featurette on 'The Hobbit' trilogy gives us a good look at how little work it was transforming New Zealand's landscapes into a land of dwarves, wizards and dragons.
Yesterday, the trailer for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' debuted online and there was much rejoicing within the geek world. However, there was seemingly no one as excited as the ladies seen in the video above, who recorded their reaction to the trailer and put it on YouTube. These two fangirls probably expected fellow Middle Earth fans to watch the video and share in their excitement, but they definitely didn't expect director Peter Jackson to see it and arrange a response.
The next installment of Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' trilogy continues the journey of Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf and their company of dwarfs as they seek to rid the land of the evil dragon Smaug.
With the summer movie season in full swing, it's about time we got a poster for what's sure to be one of the big events of 2013. The first poster for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' has arrived, and it's sure to send a chill or two down the spines of Middle Earth fans the world over.
When the second chapter of Peter Jackson's epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' rolls into theaters later this year, audiences will meet a character created specifically for the film. 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' will introduce an elven warrior named Tauriel, who will be played by Evangeline Lilly of 'Lost' fame, and our first look at the character has arrived!
A few weeks ago, director Peter Jackson held an online Q&A and preview for the upcoming 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.' However, if you wanted to watch or take part, you had to have bought 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' on DVD or Blu-ray and followed the proper instructions (you know, typing in codes and such). Although the entire event remains an exclusive, Jackson has posted a six minute excerpt to YouTube, letting everyone get a taste of the what it was like and get a glimpse of the new Middle Earth adventure.
Thanks to the new 'Hobbit' iOS app, a new series of images from the hotly anticipated film have migrated online for your viewing pleasure. Although most of them are character stills and portraits, one of them reveals where the first film of the trilogy will conclude. Spoilers lurk ahead for those who haven't read the original novel!
So we're exceptionally curious about 'The Hobbit' films now that Peter Jackson and company have decided to transform two pictures into three. We have no idea if this was a good decision, or just a chance to take advantage of audiences that fell in love with the first three films. What we do know are the titles of the trilogy and their release dates.