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The Hobbit Movie Finally Begins Filming: What Took So Long?

The Hobbit has (finally) began filming! The  highly anticipated prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, began filming today in New Zealand, Warner Brothers announced on Monday. 

The Hobbit, is a $500 million, two-movie project based on J.R.R Tolkien’s novel. In a statement, Warner Brothers said that the “Hobbit” movies “will be shot consecutively in digital 3-D using the latest camera and stereo technology” and that filming “will take place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.”

The movie is being directed by Oscar-winning Director Peter Jackson. Today on Facebook, he even posted pictures of the set.

So why did the filming take so long to start? There were many setbacks, including the loss of the original director Guillermo del Toro as well as a fight between Mr. Jackson and labor unions in New Zealand and Australia over hiring practices for the films. And just when the dust seemed to settle and everybody started ramping up to begin filming, Peter Jackson had to have emergency surgery last month to repair a perforated ulcer.

You probably know Jackson’s name because he also co-produced, co-wrote and directed The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which won a total of 17 Academy Awards.

British actor Martin Freeman will star as hobbit Bilbo Baggins, along with Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom. It’s expected to take two years to make the movies. So we still have a long, long time to wait until we get to see more of Jackson’s magic. 

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