It”s been 9 years, 9 long years since I witnessed the final episode of what turned out to become a huge phenomenon (which by that time it already was as well) in the world of cinema. Winning a record 11 Oscars® that next year,The Return of the King was a true epic.
Back then, the inevitable question that everybody was asking was: Will he make/produce/direct ‘The Hobbit’ as well. 2 years later, news surfaced that Peter Jackson was filing a lawsuit against producing company New Line for the alleged holding back of revenue from the first LOTR installment.
President and co-founder Robert Shaye vouched that Peter Jackson would never direct another movie for him, but after subsequent financial troubles he backed out of those acquisations and so production started for 2 Hobbit movies, one due for release in 2011 and the 2nd in 2012.
Guillermo Del Toro was then hired in 2008 to adapt the scripts and direct the movie, with PJ behind the scenes as producer. But after much delays and trouble with adapting the script properly, Guillermo backed out of filming in May of 2010.
Skip to October 2010 when Peter Jackson officially announces he is now the director of the two installments, starting principal photography in March 2011.
July of 2012 brought another big announcement with Jackson claiming the movie has now been remade into three separate movies. With the first one: An Unexpected Journey being released in 2012, then the 2nd one called The Desolation of Smaug on schedule for a december 2013 release and the final one titled There and Back Again in the summer of 2014.
It’s safe to say then, that ‘The Hobbit’ had quite the ride up until now, with multiple directors, added days of shooting for the 3rd movie, a large cast with knowns and unknowns and many many more controversies. But does it matter?
As the title suggests, it took 6 minutes and 11 seconds for me to go back to that place that I fell in love with back in 2003. It will be a journey and hopefully a great journey, back to the creative mind of Peter Jackson and his special effects company Weta.
Take the time for yourself to listen to the song below and feel free to express your feelings regarding this small little movie titled: The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey!