'The Hobbit' finally begins production in New Zealand
Believe it or not, fellow movie geeks, production has officially begun on the two-part film version of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. That's good, because it's not like the cast really has the life span of fantasy dwarves.
Deadline.com says the cast had a read-through of the script for the first time Thursday in New Zealand, on the set of Bag End, Bilbo Baggins' house, at Peter Jackson's Stone Studios (Jackson even posted photos of the set on his Facebook page). The site noted that Ian McKellen called the discussion around the script, co-written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Jackson, "as close to bliss as an actor can get," since all three were inviting comments from the actors.
The double feature prequel to The Lord of the Rings is slated to be released in 2012 and 2013, but has been beset by myriad problems, including director Guillermo del Toro dropping out, union troubles and most recently, Jackson suffering a perforated ulcer. Of course, when you think of how arduous the journeys in the books are, that's only appropriate, isn't it?
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