Director Peter Jackson has finally finished principal photography on the two, long-awaited Hobbit films, after 9 months of shooting in New Zealand.
Jackson and the crew endured a troubled production after original director Guillermo del Toro left after script and studio delays. But, despite fan fears that they might never be completed, the long awaited prequels are nearly upon us.
In anticipation of Jackson’s appearance at this year’s Comic-Con, a new poster has been released to get geek juices flowing. It shows Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey strutting his stuff. Of course, fans of the book will know that Gandalf, along with Bilbo Baggins, who will be played by Martin Freeman, have significant roles in the story.
And, it is no surprise that the poster looks great, considering the two-films have a combined budget of $300-million. It seems Warner Brothers (along with MGM who hold the rights to the book) are confident the films will smash the box office. Here’s the full poster, click to enlarge:
And why not, when the original Lord of the Rings trilogy nearly $3 billion and won 17v Oscars. In fact, looking at those kind of figures the question is not; WILL the films will be a success? But, by how much? And, will they smash Avatar’s colossal takings?
Jackson’s appearance at the annual Comic-Con, where he will take part in a Q&A with fans, comes just days after he officially completed shooting, so he hasn’t even had time in the editing suite.
The first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on December 14th this year, with the final instalment of the franchise The Hobbit: There and Back Again appearing exactly a year later.