Filming date set for The Hobbit
It's time to celebrate again in Middle Earth.
Peter Jackson is set to direct The Hobbit, the two-part prequel to the popular Lord of the Rings trilogy and start shooting in February, Warner Brothers said in a release on Friday.
The movies, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's books, had been delayed by union issues and the ongoing restructuring of flailing Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which owns half the project.
Jackson, who directed the Rings trilogy, had originally hired Guillermo del Toro to direct, but del Toro left the project in May because of delays after working on the project for nearly two years.
Jackson also co-wrote the screenplays with del Toro, his wife Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens.
"Exploring Tolkien's Middle Earth goes way beyond a normal filmmaking experience," Jackson said in the statement.
"We're looking forward to re-entering this wondrous world with Gandalf and Bilbo."
The two movies will be shot back to back using digital 3-D cameras.