is on the way this week and with it comes a batch of new information on the biggest flicks of the next 12 months, and they don’t come much bigger than Peter Jackson’s
blockbuster take on J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit.
Today sees the release of a brand new banner for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
, showcasing several key scenes from the movie in full scrolling glory. You’ll glimpse that first meeting in Bilbo’s (Martin Freeman
) hobbit hole, a campfire (complete with lurking troll), plus excursions to Mirkwood, precarious barrel journeys and even some subterranean wordplay with a familiar face.
Check out the sequential images below or you can head to Entertainment Weekly
for an extremely snazzy scrolling version, complete with zoom function.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Gandalf and secret meetings Enlarge Precious, flames and shapeshifters Enlarge Arachnophobia and barrel riding Enlarge
sees Peter Jackson
returning to Middle Earth for the first in a two part adaptation of the earlier works of Tolkein. It tells the story of young Bilbo Baggins who gets caught up in an adventure with Gandalf (Ian McKellen
) and a group of dwarves intent on retrieving their treasure from the evil dragon Smaug.The Hobbit
is a much smaller book than the voluminous Lord of the Rings
series but Jackson and co have still thought it best to expand this story across two films. The first will take Bilbo all the way up to his fateful meeting with Gollum while the second, subtitled There and Back Again
, will focus on the incursion into Smaug’s lair in the Lonely Mountain and (this isn’t really a spoiler) their return to Hobbiton.The Hobbit
was a difficult project to get off the ground, with original director Guillermo del Toro
bowing out as parent studio MGM
threatened to fold. While it’s great to see Jackson
back in the director’s chair, I can’t help but wonder what another filmmakers vision of these world’s might be like.The Hobbit has just finished principal photography and will be in cinemas, in 3D, from the 14th of December. Expect plenty more information in the meantime.