The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Movie information

Released on:
December 14, 2012    (also in IMAX, 3D)

Production Companies:
WingNut Films
Warner Bros

Status: Post-production

This film was Previously Known As:
"The Hobbit: Part 1"

Andy Serkis, Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Jimmy Nesbitt, Adam Brown, Cate Blanchett, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy, Mikael Persbrandt, Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Elijah Wood, Bret McKenzie, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, David Tennant (?), Stephen Fry (?), Saoirse Ronan (?), Ian Holm (?), Dean O'Gorman, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Barry Humphries

Director: Peter Jackson

Screenwriter: Guillermo del Toro, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh

Genre: Action, Fantasy
About the film:
The story follows the journey of Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers and ultimately Baggins' meeting with Gollum, where he gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring -- the simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-Earth.

Project Timeline:
Apr. 20, 2010: Cast: Andy Serkis
Apr. 28, 2010: Release Date: December 2012
May 30, 2010: Director: Guillermo del Toro leaves the project
Jun. 25, 2010: Director: Peter Jackson
Oct. 15, 2010: Cast: Martin Freeman, Jimmy Nesbitt, Michael Fassbender, David Tennant, Ian McKellan (all in talks)
Oct. 21, 2010: Cast: Martin Freeman confirmed, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Rob Kazinsky, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Fry (in talks), Saoirse Ronan (in talks), Bill Nighy (in talks)
Nov. 1, 2010: Cast: Jimmy Nesbitt confirmed, Adam Brown
Dec. 7, 2010: Cast: Cate Blanchett, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy, Mikael Persbrandt, Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy, William Kircher
Dec, 8, 2010: Cast: Orlando Bloom (in talks)
Jan. 7, 2011: Cast: Elijah Wood
Jan. 10, 2011: Cast: Ian McKellan confirmed, Christopher Lee (in talks), Ian Holm (in talks)
Apr. 4, 2011: Cast: Bret McKenzie
Apr. 24, 2011: Cast: Rob Kazinsky drops out
May 1, 2011: Cast: Dean O'Gorman (replacing Rob Kazinsky), Lee Pace
May 27, 2011: Cast: Orlando Bloom (confirmed)
May 31, 2011: Release Date: December 14, 2012
Jun. 16, 2011: Cast: Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch
Jun. 20, 2011: Cast: Evangeline Lilly, Barry Humphries

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Haris – oKCzhPLjGGStjKCLfc
March 17, 2012 - 04:57
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What an amazing vriionasy and creative master Peter Jackson! The luckiest man in the world who deserves everything he receives! Please share more about the important aspect of your ECO vision and techniques for moving this city about the countryside collecting and disposing of the refuse; the recycling plan, the vision for leaving the LIGHTEST footprint possible on the pristine environments that are lent for you to use in realization of your vision! Show and describe how you are cocreating the ROLE MODEL that all film production can follow in ECO preservation in film!Thanks!

Viking Steel – USA
August 04, 2010 - 01:59
Subject: Creative Differences?

Guillermo, although a very accomplished producer and director has a slightly different bend on reality than Peter Jackson. Guillermo leans more towards the hopelessness of dark fantasy, compare that to Jackson's detailing of the stories characters; he and Fran show the character strengths when they are facing dark forces. It is much easy to watch dark plots unfold when empathy has been established with the characters.
In drawing out graphic details of plots of epic stories such as the LOTR and now the Hobbit; Peter and Fran are superb at the intimate details and interplay with their characters and as we have seen they connect them perfectly in Tolkien's LOTR.
In reviewing Guillermo's films such as Pan's Labrinth, you either love it or not. I found it wanting a better story line and ending. Was it creative difference that caused him to leave? Or previous contracts?
We all wish GTD well!