It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were all glued to our computer monitors, but after a decade since the release of The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment of Peter Jackson’s monumental trilogy adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels, the decidedly lighter crazy Kiwi is back with the first chapter in a new set of production diaries on The Hobbit.
We don’t need to remind you of the troubles the production has seen over the last few year in trying to get off the ground, with previous director Guillermo del Toro eventually walking away from the table. However, having original helmer Jackson back at the wheel was possibly the best outcome for Rings fans all around the world.
The video gives us a glimpse of Hobbiton, just as it was in the original films, and a number of the cast (including Sir Ian McKellan, returning as the wizard Gandalf, and Martin Freeman as a young Bilbo Baggins) and crew fussing about the set. Andy Serkis also prepares to reprise his role as the creature Gollum, and it will be amazing to see how far motion capture technology will have changed this effect over the last few years.
It is amazing that in an age where we get to see more about how the film is made that we do the film itself, and ‘making of’ specials have almost become disposable DVD features, how simple a giddy thrill it is to have this series return for a new decade. We can’t wait to see more footage!
The Hobbit is due out in cinemas on 19 December 2012 from New Line Cinema.