The Hobbit Begins Production
Last month director Peter Jackson had a health scare which meant that plans to begin the first of two movies had to be delayed. This was not the first setback for the film; with original director Guillermo Del Toro dropping out because of repeated delays caused by, among others, strike action and lawsuits.
With the first movie now in production and due for release in December 2012, fans can look forward to seeing a pre-Lord of the Rings depiction of Middle Earth on the big screen.
The Hobbit will follow the story of Frodo’s uncle Bilbo Baggins, who is manipulated by Gandalf into joining Thorin and his band of 12 dwarves on their quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and its treasure from Smaug.