The Hobbit (film series)

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The Hobbit (film series)

Film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson add

Category: Movies & TV (402)

Launched in 2005.

Countries: United Kingdom (33%), (20%), New Zealand (19%)

Main connections: The Hobbit, Facebook, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Linked to: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,, Red Digital Cinema Camera Company, BBC




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MGM expressed interest in a second film in 2006, set between "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" add something


The project had been envisaged as two parts since 2006, but the proposed contents of the parts changed during development add something


In September 2006, the new ownership and management of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, expressed interest in teaming up with New Line and Jackson to make "The Hobbit" add something


New Line co-founder Robert Shaye was annoyed with the lawsuit and said in January 2007 that Jackson would never again direct a film for New Line, accusing him of being greedy add something


On 16 December 2007, New Line and MGM announced that Jackson would be executive producer of "The Hobbit" and its sequel add something


After his hiring in 2008, del Toro confirmed the sequel would be about "trying to reconcile the facts of the first movie with a slightly different point of view add something


Despite the legal suits, development proceeded and in April 2008, Guillermo del Toro was hired to direct the film add something


Pre-production began around August 2008, with del Toro, Jackson, Walsh and Philippa Boyens writing the scripts add something


By November 2008, del Toro had said that he, Jackson, Walsh and Boyens would realise something new about the story every week and the script was continually changing add something


By November 2008, he acknowledged that the book was more detailed and eventful than people may remember add something


Del Toro has said he was a fan of Jackson's trilogy and had discussed directing a film adaptation of "Halo" with him in 2005 add something


Completion of the story outlines and treatments ended in March 2009 and the studios approved the start of writing the screenplay add something


Del Toro met concept artists John Howe and Alan Lee, Weta Workshop head Richard Taylor, and make-up artist Gino Acevedo in order to keep continuity with the previous films, and he hired comic book artists to complement Howe's and Lee's style on the trilogy, including Mike Mignola and Wayne Barlowe, who began work around April 2009 add something


In June 2009, del Toro revealed he had decided where to divide the story based on comments from fans about signifying a change in Bilbo's relationship with the dwarves add something


The suit was settled in September 2009 for an undisclosed amount add something


Jackson revealed in late November 2009 that he anticipated that the script for "The Hobbit" would not be finished until the beginning of 2010, delaying the start of production until the middle of that summer add something


Filming was expected to take place throughout 2010 in New Zealand, with del Toro renovating the Hobbiton sets in Matamata add something


In 2010, del Toro left the project because of ongoing delays add something


On 22 January 2010, Alan Horn said the first film would likely not be released until the fourth quarter of 2012 add something


On 25 June 2010, Jackson was reported to be in negotiations to direct the two-part film add something


Although both actors were expected to return for their roles McKellen was previously quoted in July 2010 on TVNZ's "Good Morning" that: "I'm not under contract and my time is running out add something


On 24 September 2010, the International Federation of Actors issued a Do Not Work order, advising members of its member unions that "The producers add something


In early October 2010, it was confirmed by the studio that Martin Freeman had officially been cast in the role of Bilbo Baggins add something


O'Gorman was a last minute replacement for Rob Kazinsky had originally been cast for the role in October 2010, but left the film on 24 April 2011 "for personal reasons" add something


The Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed all three readings under urgency on 29 October 2010, 66 votes in favour to 50 opposed add something


On 1 November 2010, Jackson confirmed that James Nesbitt and Adam Brown had been added to the cast to play Bofur and Ori respectively add something


Gage was originally cast to play Drogo Baggins in December 2010, though according to Jackson, "Ryan is a great young actor who we originally cast in a small role, but we liked him so much, we promoted him to the much larger Alfrid part" add something


On 7 December 2010, it was revealed that several other cast members had joined the project, including Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown, Mikael Persbrandt as Beorn, William Kircher as Bifur, Ken Stott as Balin and Jed Brophy as Nori add something


Andy Serkis - In January 2011, it was confirmed that Serkis would reprise the role of Gollum in the three-part "The Hobbit" films which will be released in 2012, 2013 and 2014


On 7 January 2011, confirmed that Elijah Wood had joined the cast to reprise his role of Frodo Baggins in the project add something


On 10 January 2011, Deadline Hollywood reported that Holm had entered into negotiations to play the older Bilbo add something


On 10 January 2011, it was confirmed that Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis would reprise their respective roles of Gandalf the Grey and Gollum from the "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy add something


On 10 January 2011, it was reported that Lee had entered into negotiations to reprise the role of Saruman add something


Ian McKellen - On 10 January 2011 it was officially confirmed that Mckellen would reprise the role of Gandalf in the three-part film adaptation of "The Hobbit"


On 11 January 2011, it was confirmed that Christopher Lee would reprise his role as Saruman the White add something


On 3 March 2011, Holm revealed that he had been in talks with the producers about reprising the role, but that he had not heard back from them yet add something


On 21 March 2011, Jeffrey Thomas joined the project as the character of Thrór, as did Mike Mizrahi as Thráin II add something


Principal photography began on 21 March 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand add something


In April 2011, Jackson revealed through his Facebook page that he would film "The Hobbit" at 48 fps instead of the normal 24 fps add something


On 4 April 2011, Bret McKenzie was added to the cast as Lindir add something


On 22 April 2011, Jackson confirmed via Facebook that Ian Holm had been added to the cast as old Bilbo Baggins add something


Bloom revealed on 25 April 2011 that he had been in contact with Jackson, who had given him a copy of the screenplay and said that there was a high probability that he would return add something


In the early stages of production, the role of Thranduil had been linked to actor Doug Jones but on 29 April 2011, Jackson reported on Facebook that the role had gone to Lee Pace add something


On 30 April 2011, Jackson announced that Dean O'Gorman had been hired for the role of Fíli add something


The casting of Cumberbatch was prematurely revealed by his "Sherlock" co-star Martin Freeman during the BAFTA Television awards in May 2011 add something


Hugo Weaving's return to the role of Elrond was officially confirmed on 1 May 2011 add something


On 19 May 2011, Stephen Fry and Ryan Gage were confirmed to join the project as Master of Lake-town and Alfrid respectively add something


On 27 May 2011, Peter Jackson announced via Facebook that Orlando Bloom would reprise his role as Legolas add something


During July 2011, scenes from "The Hobbit" were filmed at Pinewood Studios, England add something


In October 2011, Warner Bros. confirmed that a "Hobbit" video game would be released in 2012, before the first film's release add something


The announcement created doubts about whether the film would make its previously-announced release dates of December 2011 and December 2012 add something


The second block of shooting in New Zealand began at the end of August and was completed in December 2011 add something


Sylvester McCoy - McCoy began filming for "The Hobbit", a three-part adaptation of the book, in Spring 2011


Billy Connolly joined the cast as Dáin II Ironfoot on 9 February 2012 add something


At an industry event screening in April 2012, Peter Jackson showed a ten-minute clip of the film, and the new High Frame Rate 48 fps format received "an underwhelming reaction at best", while "Variety" stated that the footage "looked distinctively sharper and more immediate than everything shown before it, giving the 3D smoother movement and crisp sharpness" add something


Principal photography ended on 6 July 2012, after 266 days of filming add something


Although "The Hobbit" was originally made as a two-part film, on 30 July 2012, Jackson confirmed plans for a third film, turning his adaptation of "The Hobbit" into a trilogy add something


Recording sessions for the first film began on 20 August 2012, at Abbey Road Studios add something


The first wave of toy product will hit store shelves in October 2012, ahead of the release of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" add something


Warner Brothers developed two free-to-play online strategy games in collaboration with Kabam for promoting the film series which were "The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth" released for Android and iOS on November 8, 2012 and "The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age" playable online on web-browsers and Facebook which was released on March 21, 2013 add something


The first film in the series premiered at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington, New Zealand on 28 November 2012 add something


The world premiere for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" took place on 28 November 2012 in Wellington, New Zealand, with the film's wide release in New Zealand on 12 December add something


In December 2012, Philippa Boyens expressed regret that del Toro's version of the film remained unmade add something


Monolith Productions developed "Guardians of Middle-earth", which was released on 4 December 2012 for PlayStation 3 via the PlayStation Network, and 5 December 2012 for Xbox 360 via Xbox Live Arcade add something


The game featured tie-ins to the released "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" motion picture which released on 14 December 2012 add something


In February 2013, emails and documents released under orders of the Ombudsman showed that the union representing actors had already reached an agreement with Warner two days before the 20 October protest, but Warner refused to confirm the deal publicly add something


"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" was released on Blu-ray and DVD in United States on 19 March 2013, and was released in the United Kingdom on 8 April 2013 add something


During May 2013, additional filming for the second and third films began in New Zealand and lasted for 10 weeks add something


An extended edition containing 13 minutes of additional footage and original music was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 5 November 2013 in the US, and on 11 November 2013 in the UK. add something


The second film of the series premiered at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, United States on 2 December 2013 add something


"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" premiered on 2 December 2013 in Los Angeles, and was released internationally from 11 December 2013, with the final film "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" scheduled for release on 17 December 2014 add something


"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 7 April 2014 in the United Kingdom and on 8 April 2014 in the United States add something


On April 24, 2014, the third film was renamed "The Battle of the Five Armies" add something


The third and final film premiered at Leicester Square in London on 1 December 2014 add something


The final film "The Hobbit: $The_Battle_of_the_Five_Armies (The_Hobbit:_The_Battle_of_the_Five_Armies)" premiered on 12 December 2014 in London, and was released internationally from 11 December 2014 add something


$The_Hobbit:_The_Battle_of_the_Five_Armies - "The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies" will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on March 24th 2015 add something


"The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies" will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 24, 2015 add something


An Extended Edition of the film is scheduled for release in November 2015 and will be 20 minutes longer than the theatrical cut add something


An Extended Edition of the film containing 20 minutes of additional footage and original music was released on 17 November 2015 in the United States and it will be released on 23 November in the United Kingdom add something