The first film of the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, may have recently been released on DVD and Blu-Ray, but with the second instalment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, to hit screens at Christmas, production is back underway in New Zealand.
Taking to his Facebook page, director Peter Jackson announced yesterday (20 May) that the film was once again rolling for the series, though this time it looks like it will be the last.
“Back on set for our last Hobbit pick ups. Our last ever Tolkien pick ups, in fact. It’s going to be an intense few weeks, but we’re looking forward to shooting some powerful scenes with our great cast”.
Production is expected to last for about 10 weeks according to Collider and to focus primarily on footage of the Battle of Five Armies from the third film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again. The extra footage is needed to flesh out the trilogy as the decision to move from a two-film adaptation to a trilogy occurred after a significant proportion of principal photography had wrapped.
In his post, Jackson promised fans that more production video blogs would be appearing shortly. So keep checking his Facebook page and PopWrapped for news on these.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is now available to own on DVD and Blu-Ray. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens on December 13, 2013.