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Two New Pre-Production Photos Of Peter Jackson's HOBBIT!

Nordling here.

After all the tumultuous events that kept this film from happening for the longest time, we're almost there - THE HOBBIT is about to start filming under the direction of Peter Jackson.  Although I'd have loved to seen what Guillermo Del Toro's HOBBIT would have looked like, I'm glad that PJ's going to finish what he started more than ten years ago.  I love how Bilbo's home looks in comparison to the later, adventure-and-Ring-obsessed Bilbo of the LOTR films.  Before his merry adventure, in case you've forgotten, Bilbo was like any other Hobbit - never late, meticulously neat, and not even thinking of adventure, and these pictures seem to reflect that.  Thanks to Peter Jackson and his Facebook page for these photos:

Peter's looking lean and mean.  He's got the eye of the tiger, in the parlance of Apollo Creed.  It looks like, as in the days of filming LOTR, he's got something to prove again, and I'm certain he's pulling out all the stops for these films.

Nordling, out.

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  • March 20, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Hard to believe Jackson was ever fat

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • March 20, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    He needs to wear closer fitting clothes...

    by Cap'n Jack's a typical ex-fat guy mistake.

  • March 20, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Smoking's a bad hobbit

    by BeeDub

    See what I did there?

  • March 20, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I'm impressed with the weightloss

    by Rebel Scumb

    Hard to believe that LOTR is now 10 years old! Where do the years dissappear to???

  • March 20, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Here we go again!

    by Sinistron

  • March 20, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Petey's lookin' good!

    by Blood_Bubbles_in_Bathwater

    The world has been too long without Jackson's genius vis-à-vi a Tolkien movie.

  • March 20, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST


    by SpikedBuffy

    Just looking out that front door gets me ready to see this.

  • March 20, 2011, 9:32 p.m. CST

    With all of the crappy news going on in the world

    by rsdrum's nice to know that FINALLY cameras are rolling in Middle Earth again. Not that The Hobbit movies can somehow make the real events of the world any better, but I do remember how welcome a diversion FOTR was after 9/11. The thought of brand new visits to Middle Earth definitely brings a smile to my face, which has been frowning way too much lately. Best of luck to PJ and crew.

  • March 20, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    There and back again...

    by XeRocks81


  • March 20, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    The man directed the great cinematic epic of our lifetimes...

    by ROBRAM89

    ...but surely him not being a fatass anymore, that's his real achievement.

  • March 20, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    Right just then. More like this please.

  • March 20, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST

    I liked him better before...

    by frankenstone

    When he was overweight, he was a much better director. He lost a lot of talent when he lost all that weight. Still, here's hoping The Hobbit is better than his last three films.

  • March 20, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Is the door green?

    by tensticks

    It should be, but I can't really tell...

  • March 20, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    I just spunked

    by Scrunchie-Scroochie

    in my mouth and gargled it. I just couldn't think of any other response to this.

  • March 20, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Peter Jackson....

    by notcher

    Should play a dwarf. I mean look at him! Can't wait for these films though, and he does seem to have the eye of the tiger going as well! Excited!!!!

  • March 20, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Thank the Maker!!! :-)

    by CeejayNightwing

  • March 20, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    I think that's his house. . .

    by Tarantinos_Forehead

    I heard he built a hobbit home after LOTR wraped or something.

  • March 20, 2011, 10:17 p.m. CST

    second pic

    by mr teaspoon

    Looks like somebody transposed comic book Rick Grimes into The Shire.

  • Remember that one? The weight loss is astounding.

  • March 20, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    I want a long-stemmed hobbit pipe

    by D.Vader

    I may take up pipe-smoking just to have a long-stemmed hobbit pipe.

  • March 20, 2011, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Here's that same pipe smoking photo from 12 years ago

    by D.Vader

  • March 20, 2011, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Eye of the Tiger Blood, and Adonis DNA!

    by BradM73

    Holy Crap!! Peter Jackson!! If you are reading this, please contact me!! If you let me work on the movie, I will work for free! I'll be the toilet cleaning guy, ANYTHING!!! The Hobbit is one of those stories that is very dear to me and close to my heart. After Peter's triumph that is LOTR, I truly feel that The Hobbit will be absolutely incredible. I wish that I could be a part of it in some way.

  • March 20, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    All I gotta say is:

    by ShogunMaster

    Spock better have a cameo:

  • March 20, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Could not be happier

    by twogunjames

    I love GDT to pieces, but I think everybody wanted Peter Jackson to direct these films. Well, everybody but the anal retentive Tolkien fanatics who would not be happy with anything but a 47 hour mini series making sure every word of the books is represented in some fashion on screen, anyway.

  • March 20, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    He looks like a Hobbit.

    by J43

  • March 20, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    After King Kong, he DOES have something to prove

    by Movietool

    Yeah, I'm an asshole sometimes.

  • March 20, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Stay in good health Peter. You too Hare.

    by Darth_Kong

  • March 20, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Peter, finish these two movies up and start work on BERSERK!

    by JudasPriestly

  • March 20, 2011, 11 p.m. CST

    Script Girl

    by IceTitan

    Not to get off topic (pics look good so far, how can this movie fail?) but did we ever get to see her tits?

  • March 20, 2011, 11:03 p.m. CST

    The Lovely Bones

    by Ronald Raygun

    Is the Lovely Bones the reason he has something to prove? Cause I just watched it for the first time on HBO the other day after avoiding it due to bad reviews, and it wasn't too bad. Although subtlety is certainly not Jackson's thing.

  • March 20, 2011, 11:04 p.m. CST

    I don't think skinny Peter has the chops to pull this off.

    by S-Mart shopper

    Fat guys try harder to please.

  • March 20, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST


    by S-Mart shopper

    Hobbit pipes ARE the shit!

  • March 20, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    re: that 2nd picture

    by S-Mart shopper

    looks like a lead singer of a British alt-rock band in some fantasy music video

  • March 20, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST

    He's never looked well to me

    by proevad

    since he's lost the weight. Looked healthier fat and jolly. And yes, the lovely bones blew so bad---he does have something to prove. plus, let's remember that he didn't want to direct this in the first place. he's directing another director's vision. not great signs.

  • March 20, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Just imagine seeing this trailer for the first time?

    by kidicarus

    How my inner geek will explode into thousands of tiny pieces and my girlfriend will hide her head in shame?

  • March 20, 2011, 11:35 p.m. CST

    And I too would work this movie for free...

    by kidicarus

    Shit, I'll be the guy who makes Peter Jackson's quaker oats in the morning, or the guy who makes sure every blade of grass in front of Bilbo's house is just the right way before each shot.

  • March 20, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Pre-Production Photos?? Nah, just deleted photos from the Jackson's

    by Andy Pandy

    2nd vacation home

  • March 20, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST

    the old boy looks like a hobbit.

    by VonThunderballs

    it's true

  • March 20, 2011, 11:44 p.m. CST

    He has a lot to prove with these films...a LOT

    by quantize

    since King Kong was really very poor, considering the entertaining misfire well below his best. Plus, we know full well Del Toro would have delivered an extremely evocative fresh take on the LOTR Jackson needs to bring his AAA game to this's also, I think possibly the most important of all the Tolkien works because it's the starting point for so much of his work.

  • March 20, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    My most anticipated film..

    by Marat

    Of any films coming out..

  • March 20, 2011, 11:54 p.m. CST


    by boyalien

    "Still, here's hoping The Hobbit is better than his last three films." Better than Lovely Bones, King Kong, and....Return of The King? Check your numbers, dipshit.

  • March 21, 2011, 12:01 a.m. CST


    by pushthebuttonmax

    HERE WE GO!!

  • March 21, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Love those pics, want a house like that!

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Looking forward to The Hobbit more than I ever looked forward to LOTR. Not sure why. It feels... needed. Like someone mentioned before, maybe it's needed in these times we live in.

  • March 21, 2011, 12:06 a.m. CST

    As long as he doesnt turn the Hobbit into the King Kong debacle

    by KilliK

  • March 21, 2011, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Are you psyched, FiFi?

    by Frank Conniff

    I think actual filming begins tomorrow. I kind of miss the old, fat PJ, but I bet Fran Walsh doesn’t. To the Lonely MF’in Mountain!

  • March 21, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Of-course he lost weight, he can afford the best coke now!

    by ganymede3010

    Now that he can afford that Michael Bay grade Peruvian -flake

  • March 21, 2011, 12:32 a.m. CST

    PJ is looking agile, mobile, and hostile!!!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I hope he directs the fuck out of these movies; I need my Middle Earth fix with all the awesomeness he can muster (hold the bloat).

  • March 21, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Braindrain - Can you believe it is starting again?

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    And it was only greenlit once. Imagine that.

  • March 21, 2011, 1 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    We wants it, we NEEDS it! <p> I wonder what ringwearer9 thinks about the color of that sunset?

  • March 21, 2011, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Love that green door

    by kafka07

    and the scenery right outside too, great view.

  • March 21, 2011, 1:07 a.m. CST

    I'd smoke a bowl in Bilbo's kitchen, too.

    by Grasscutter

    Maybe a couple.

  • March 21, 2011, 1:16 a.m. CST

    How excited is everyone (or almost everyone)

    by corplhicks

    Forget the snide sarcasm. let's face it-- most of us are very very excited that it is beginning again-- the creation of a Tolkien masterpiece on film, ala Jackson. The details, the warmth, it screams LOTR quality. Go Mr. Jackson-- please create genius for us again !!!!!

  • March 21, 2011, 1:19 a.m. CST

    LOTR was awesome but...

    by dirtyfrank

    ...this guy also made King Kong. Let's hope KK was just a fluke.

  • March 21, 2011, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Kong didn’t have a good story though.

    by Frank Conniff

    The Hobbit has a great story. I thought PJ did a really good job with what he had to work with in King Kong. I am very hopeful for the Hobbit films. One thing I am wondering is how much of Guillermo Del Toro’s design work will make it into PJ’s Hobbit. GDT’s Smaug design sounded interesting but maybe a little too outre.

  • March 21, 2011, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Old Peter vs New Peter

    by GWARHOL

    Peter Jackson used to look so happy in the LOTR days. New Peter never looks happy.

  • March 21, 2011, 1:35 a.m. CST

    He has a LOT to prove with this movie???

    by ZombieHunter

    Buddy, I think he proved it all with Lord of the Rings. You might have heard of it, it was this trilogy he filmed years ago that gave everyone a Hobbit-boner. I would pretty much say that was probably the best job application in the world to film the Hobbit.

  • March 21, 2011, 1:57 a.m. CST


    by JaredP

    was actually a very good film i have the film on blu-ray and its even better than in theatres

  • March 21, 2011, 1:59 a.m. CST

    I don't think Kong was that bad

    by eXcommunicated

    It just needs a 'Phantom Edit.'

  • March 21, 2011, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Fat Peter does seem happier and oddly healthier

    by Frank Conniff

    Even his hair is not as curly as it used to be. Eat some twinkies, man! Or Aero bars or whatever they eat in New Zealand. You need energy for the task ahead.

  • March 21, 2011, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Hard not to feel some excitement...

    by PurityOfEssence

  • March 21, 2011, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Hard not to feel some excitement...

    by PurityOfEssence

  • March 21, 2011, 2:07 a.m. CST

    King Kong suffered from over dramatization

    by tomimt

    The first part of the movie was almost laughable with all the eerie slow mo shots of typing a word skull, or those zooming on skull when they arrived to the island. And also, the first part was too long. But the movie does have some damn good scenes in it.

  • I can only hope he burned most of Guillermo's dumb ass ideas in Bilbo's fireplace. Antler's for Thorin? CG Environment? when you have the majesty of New Zealand at your back door?Thank goodness he is off this project. I am really pumped and excited for PJ!

  • March 21, 2011, 2:12 a.m. CST

    I meant Guillermo del Dumbo

    by Cureguy

  • March 21, 2011, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Pan's Labyrinth was a fluke

    by Cureguy

    I liked Hellboy quite a lot, but he is unworthy and not deserving of the praise he has gotten so far. You know the goblins in the Hobbit would have looked like Lovecraft creatures, and Gollum would probably have his eyeballs in the palms of his hands. He should stay in the horror genre, after all he stated his distaste for Fantasy altogether. Good Riddance! PJ created Tolkien's Universe on film where most thought it would be impossible to do. He has the Oscars to prove it.

  • March 21, 2011, 2:43 a.m. CST

    How many for best picture? Director?

    by Cureguy

    I thought so. Sure the art department deserves an award for actually doing the work making the monsters in Pan's. So he's a critics darling after making one film with really weird creatures, big deal, that doesn't say anything. It doesn't change the fact that his Blade films still sucked.

  • March 21, 2011, 3 a.m. CST

    The Answer is ZERO

    by Cureguy

    His art department deserved to win an Oscar but not his direction. He relies too heavily on his monster creations and the CG & art department rather than his own set of skills as a director.

  • March 21, 2011, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Actually, those pics are HUGELY Photoshopped...

    by Pawprint

    In more than just colour alteration - having actually visited the Hobbiton set at Matamata and taken my own photos of the iconic view through that round door. Unless, of course, I'm greatly mistaken and PJ is about the same size as a 7 year old child, which he'd have to be to get through that doorway without ducking...

  • March 21, 2011, 3:20 a.m. CST

    King Kong was ace! I'd like a prequel...

    by Ecto-1

    ... that tells the story of whoever it was that drew the map of Skull Island that Carl Denham gets hold of. Plus, I'd love to see Peter Jackson make a Conan film or Sinbad, or maybe a new version of The Land That Time Forgot. At the moment, cinema really needs some good old fashioned rip-roaring adventure flicks with lots of monsters in them.

  • March 21, 2011, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Not Passionate?

    by Cureguy

    You lost your shit when I said how excited I was that Guillermo was off the Hobbit. PJ's first movie Bad Taste was internationally recognized and made on a shoestring budget.You can't have that happen without considerable skill and talent as a director.I like Del Toro as a horror director and want him to stay in that genre. I don't believe he had the ability to finish what PJ started with LOTR. People said it was impossible to do on film and he proved all of them wrong.It is as perfect an adaptation of Tolkien on film that anyone has ever seen.That alone rates him as tops.

  • March 21, 2011, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Oh yes...

    by catlettuce4

    I just love how different Bilbo's house looks here. Really. (Umm... it looks the same to me.)

  • March 21, 2011, 5:42 a.m. CST

    The real story here:

    by Monkey Butler

    Yeah, those pics look great, and really bring back the excitement of anticipation from a decade ago, but the more important part of this story is that the press release that went along with these photos included no mention of Hugo Weaving returning as Elrond. They made a point of mentioning Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood returning, but not Weaving, even though his part in the story is just as big as his part in LOTR!

  • March 21, 2011, 6:06 a.m. CST

    needs more dinosaur stampede.

    by vulturess

    and fly-overs. and pan flutes.

  • March 21, 2011, 6:19 a.m. CST

    PJ really should post a dieting guide...

    by justmyluck

    ... because significant, healthy weight loss after you're 40 is WORK. Otherwise, the set looks great and he's definitely in his element again. It will be something to see WETA up-their-game for THE HOBBIT; integrating their in-house R&D & production skillz from AVATAR.

  • March 21, 2011, 7:03 a.m. CST

    'Pan's Labyrinth was a fluke' the statement of an ignorant idiot

    by quantize

    Go watch Chronos you tool.

  • Peter Jackson back in charge of this franchise is a major concern. As some people point out, PJ has a lot of questions to answer. Specifically: Why make two movies out of a fairly slight book that only requires one to do it justice? Apart from doubling their money of course: the worst possible reason - and the worst guarantee of the films being any good. The LOTR movies have aged very badly - for numerous reasons. Will PJ have learned from the mistakes he made, not only with LOTR but with King Kong and Lovely Bones? Specifically: Since the invention of cinema, you can count on the fingers of one hand the number of movies that were able to sustain a three-hour run time. That list does not include LOTR or King Kong. Sorry, they were just too long. Will PJ keep the Hobbit movies to a sensible two hours max? Excessive use of CGI. GOLDEN RULE: never use CGI. Repeat: NEVER use CGI. Unless you ABSOLUTELY have to because you've already exhausted all other options - including CUTTING the scene that "needs" CGI. Why? Even the best CGI has a shelf-life of about a week before it's out of date. Proof? Go back and look at the battle scenes in LOTR. Today's video games look more realistic. Please, PJ: no more shots of a cartoon Legolas bouncing up and down a cartoon elephant whilst Scooby-doo ghosts mill around in the background. Schmaltz: will there be more fake teary-eyed bromances that all too often slide into homo-eroticism? Enhanced by grating slow-mo? How about playing these scenes straight and letting the audience decide if they're emotional? Action scenes. A disaster in LOTR. Will PJ bring in a second unit director who specialises in action scenes? The movie doesn't need to lose its PG rating - it just needs a good action director. PJ needs to focus on getting the dramatic scenes right and let some one who knows what they're doing take care of the action. Cameos from LOTR cast-members. Don't. Do I really need to explain this? But I doubt if any of the above will happen. I'm afraid the Hobbit movies will be two more bloated, scmhaltzy, over-long, CGI showreels. I look forward to the day when some one does a proper adaption of Tolkien's books.

  • March 21, 2011, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Pictures look great. Pete looks great...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    He's back to his "Bad Taste" weight when he invited us all to "suck his spinning steel, shitheads!" Thin Peter has made equally fun films in his thin weight as well as his fat weight. However, I do wonder if his drastic weight loss during Kong and Bones accounts for some of the lack of direction. I would say it's a legitimate factor to take into consideration. I remember seeing videos showing how tired and gaunt he was during those periods... Now that he's lost the weight and stabilized it, and his body systems have re-adjusted, he looks awake, energetic, and happy again. I think (hope) that will reflect nicely in the film.

  • March 21, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST

    The Empire State building sequence in Kong

    by elsewhere

    is fucking awesome! Too bad it's surrounded by shit.

  • March 21, 2011, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Skinny Peter Jackson = Bloated George Lucas

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    Fat Peter Jackson = Skinny George Lucas. And that's why I'm nervous about this Hobbit project.

  • March 21, 2011, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Ahh, now that's a thing of beauty. Good luck, Pete!

    by Mr Nicholas

  • March 21, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    There are two versions of the set, a large and small one. Maybe you saw the small one.

  • March 21, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Cannot Wait For This!!!

    by BilboRing

    I would have loved to see Del Toro's version as well but I think PJ is going to simply own this movie and it will be on par or better than the LOTR!! I want to live in the Shire!!!

  • March 21, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

    hooded justice

    by BilboRing

    The LOTR aged badly? You are one hating dick sucking prick. It has "aged" better than your mother, who gets gang banged every other day in between selling crack to homeless people.

  • March 21, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    That's not Peter Jackson!

    by Arafel

    I don't know who the fuck they are trying to fool, but losing 500 pounds doesn't completely alter your facial features! Compare the before and after pictures, and you will see that this is a fake Peter Jackson! OMG, The Hobbit is going suck! I can't believe you all fell for this!

  • March 21, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Glad to have Jackson directing...

    by richievanderlow

    I was not particularly excited about seeing the look and feel of the Hobbit become more like Guillermo's visual sensibility. That's an assumption that may be baseless, but I thought his team would be less faithful than Jackson's take will be. I'm glad this worked out this way. Can't wait to see more.

  • March 21, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    You hardly ever see Hobbit chicks...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...because they're too fugly. Okay faces but they're little too chunky, have awful 80's big hair and the furry feet would be a turn-off to anyone but Hobbit men and Quentin Tarantino!

  • March 21, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Hooded Justice

    by D.Vader

    The Hobbit is structured so much like a classic serial, or a kids book (well it is) that it makes for a VERY ineffective way of adapting it for the screen. Splitting it into two movies allows PJ to include all the big moments from the book, as well as putting in the behind the scenes action that will connect it to LOTR in other ways than just the Ring and Gollum. Hearing you omplaining about a split is like hearing those bitching about the last Harry Potter book being split into two movies. You really don't know what you're talking about.

  • March 21, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    LOTRO Films missed the point of the books

    by edge54752

    If The Hobbit is as poorly translated to film as the LOTRO trilogy, I really wish he would just let it go. I was excited to see Guillermo's take on this. I think he has the fresh outlook this needs to set it apart and elevate it to the level it deserves. I can only hope PJ suprises me. But I fear he'll miss the point with this translation too.

  • March 21, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Action scenes in LOTR a "disaster"?

    by D.Vader

    Haaaah, oh man the trolling in here is off the charts today.

  • March 21, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    My PJ dream project:

    by catlettuce4

    I wish he'd make a Warhammer movie, based on the game. And no, I am not talking about Warcraft, I mean Warhammer. I think he has the right dark humor sensibilities to pull it off well. In some places his LOTR felt more like Warhammer than Middle Earth (the orcs especially.)

  • March 21, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Hobbit > Lord of the Rings

    by Brian Hopper

    There, I said it.

  • March 21, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    d.vader: no kidding!


    Best movies of the aughts. Best action movies. Best fantasy movies. Casting was awesome (especially Sean Astin as Samwise, which I was not convinced of at the outset but, boy, by the 3rd movie) . . . Love the films. Love the extended editions. No, they are not word-for-word literal transcriptions, and there are some rather large alterations from the books, but . . . still, great frickin' movies. Loved 'em. Glad they are making two Hobbit films. Cannot wait to see them. Hoping (unlike some folks) they do throw in some of the White Council and Gandalf battling the Necromancer. Cannot. Wait.

  • March 21, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST


    by kiwicanuck

    Is there anything more arrogant and lazy than throwing out a line or two and then hurling down a big fat FACT in caps, as if that somehow proves the aforementioned OPINION? Woah...I wasn't feeling it friend, but jeez, I didn't realize it was a FACT. Guess I have to back it on up and out of here. And here I thought what you've just said is unsubstantiated, narrow-minded, generalizing nonsense. Guess you proved any detractors wrong.

  • March 21, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Gaunt w/rat's nest hair is not a good look, Peter

    by gruntybear

    It doesn't "read" healthy. It reads "meth makes me pretty."

  • March 21, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Fatty vs. Skinny

    by kiwicanuck

    While I agree that Peter has to a whole lot healthier physically with the weight off, mentally I'm not so sure, and worry about his state of mind going into this. I think the last time I saw him smile was when he was involved in initial dscussions about King Kong. Still, love the look of the set here - just magical, and the backdrop of landscape pumps me up for what's coming.

  • March 21, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by joevfx

    when do we get to see smaug!!! actually i hope they keep him a secret until we see him on the big screen. maybe only tease him in the trailers

  • March 21, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    hooded justice

    by jackofhearts29

    .. so you're not ok with any "cameos from LOTR characters?" What about the ones that actually appear in the original Hobbit storyline? Also, blame Tolkien, not Jackson, for the bromance in the movies. After all, The Hobbit was 100% male characters and LOTR, pretty close. This is boy's adventure we're talking about here.. at least Jackson threw the chicks a tiny "bone" (ha!) with the extra detail given to the Viggo/Arwen arc...

  • March 21, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Nice photos, I feel like a fat-@$$!!

    by Kamaji

  • March 21, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST


    by Smitty

    Even though we should have got this started a long time ago. lol

  • March 21, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Formerly overweight personalities...

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    Jackson, Drew Carey, etc. Some look sickly (Jackson) while others look too healthy to be believed (Carey). I can understand dropping the excess to stay alive but going past what is necessary is more alarming than anything else. Man, all that above makes it seem like I truly give a shit.

  • March 21, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    The fatter Jackson is...

    by Baryonyx

    ...the better his movies are.

  • ever, and that is Reign of Fire. Hopefully, this will be the second/third.

  • You don't think Dragonslayer was a good dragon movie?

  • March 21, 2011, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Jackson doesn't have to prove shit

    by slone13

    Shut the fuck up with that nonsense.

  • March 21, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by Pawprint

    I'm talking about the view out of the doorway shot - that's all that's left at Matamata. If that photo wasn't taken at the Matamata sheep farm, then that picture is even MORE shopped, because that's the only place in the world you can get that shot with that scenery from that angle IRL. I'm 6' tall and the top of that circular doorframe only just makes it to armpit height on me - just. The bottom of the circular windows were chest height on my four year old son. So, I reckon PJ has been added digitally to that photo and shrunk, which also means that the background plate could be from any time they filmed LOTR; not even 'The Hobbit'. Although it's probably recent.

  • March 21, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Please guys, Dragonslayer, though not without

    by Brian Hopper

    its minor charms, is a pure 80s-style hackfest ripoff of all the themes and beats in Star Wars and even Tolkien. In its favor, at least the dragon doesn't talk.

  • March 21, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Dragonslayer was awesome!

    by Gozu

    Not just for having the best dragon in cinema history, but also for it's CRAZY score by Alex North.

  • March 21, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    pawprint, you forgot another possibility

    by Bouncy X

    the second i saw that door photo, i figured they just rebuilt the set for human size to film scenes that only involve hobbits. so there'd be no need for special effects.

  • March 21, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Bouncy x...

    by Pawprint

    Like I said; if that's the case, then everything outside the door is photoshopped.

  • March 21, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST


    by frankenstone

    Return of the King was bloody awful. The green ghost army was ludicrous, important story points - like WHY Denethor went mad - were left out, and there were hours and hours of slow-motion hobbits jumping on bed scenes that made me want to puke. Even the music sucked in the final film. The acting was over-the-top bad in places. I could go on. But I really liked the first two LOTR films, and every single film Peter Jackson did up until that point. But he started to take himself too seriously with ROTK and Peter Jackson's strength is not in seriousness, but in having fun.

  • March 21, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Three things...

    by I AM ROCKO

    ...fat Peter looked healthier and happier than skinny, gaunt and troubled Peter. King Kong was awful. Really looking forward to this. That is all.

  • March 21, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    I can't believe I'm fatter than Peter Jackson now.

    by MrBoinfoint

    Time to do some crunches, Mr. Braithwaite. I truly didn't think we'd ever see Jackson standing in the Hobbit hole again. Looks promising. The excitement starts...

  • Dudes, please co-write, produce and direct an epic remake of "King Kong Vs. Godzilla." Thanks in advance for your prompt attention to this matter.

  • March 21, 2011, noon CST

    Just watched Fellowsip last night with my son...

    by EastcoastAvenger

  • March 21, 2011, noon CST

    by EastcoastAvenger

    Damn Good movie.

  • March 21, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    A little surprised by his willingness to embrace 3D.

    by AzulTool

    Not disappointed, at all. I think it's going to kick ass in 3D, but I always thought he preferred film over digital, like Nolan. I guess not.

  • March 21, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    really cool news today

    by Wookie_1995

    made my day, can't wait to see the hobbit next year!

  • March 21, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Kong vs. Godzilla???

    by NightArrows

    Why the FUCK would anyone remake that? Godzilla is taller than most buildings, Kong climbed one. Might as well make "Superman vs. Helen Keller"...

  • March 21, 2011, 1:01 p.m. CST

    King Kong suffered from too much love

    by Smartacus

    Often the biggest threat to a film is someone who, like Peter Jackson with Kong was too close to the original. The film was clearly made by somebody who loved that story intensely and who probably needed someone to step in and get between them and the movie. A good editor who isn't overwhelmed by his own affection for the source material is worth his weight in gold to people like Peter Jackson (or Snyder with Watchmen).

  • March 21, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    No, Azultool

    by D.Vader

    If you remember, he filmed tests a few years ago for Dambusters on the RED, he shot The Lovely Bones on the RED, and plans to shoot The Hobbit on the new RED Epic.

  • March 21, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Smartacus, the opposite is also true

    by D.Vader

    The biggest threat to remakes is someone who is NOT close to the original at all, like in the Nightmare on Elm Street remake, or every other horror remake (except The Fly and The Thing). I'd much rather have someone who has a lot of love for the original do a remake than have someone do it for a paycheck.

  • March 21, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Anticipation for this should rival that of the Star Wars prequels

    by darthderp

    Here me out before you flog me...I don't mean the final Prequel product, which is admittedly a mixed bag. I mean the ANTICIPATION of them finally being filmed. We all wanted to see how Anakin became Vader, and the confirmation that we were finally going to see it sent us all a-buzzin'. It's the same here. It's been, what 10 years or so since ROTK, and several attempts to get this off the ground have come up short, until now. Fantasy fans and Tolkien-ites, start your engines and stoke your imaginations. Here we go again. As far as the slimmed down PJ, I like it; seems like he's gotten healthy and is in for the long haul.

  • March 21, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Skinny Jackson

    by D o o d

    Mocha with some cream and chocolate on top! thanks :o)

  • And, there will never be that level of disappointment either. LOTR is a beloved film series, but it's not the cultural phenomenon that SW is. SW passes everybody's "Has my mom heard of it" test. LOTR does not.

  • March 21, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    SW anticipation vs. LOTR - not even close

    by kiwicanuck

    Agreed on the anticipation for TPM vs. The Hobbit. Taking ticket prices into account, every original Star Wars film's success blows LOTR's films out of the water, and TPM also had almost 20 years of build-up as opposed to 10. Ask anyone in North America between the ages of 10 and 65 who Darth Vader is, and my gues is you'd get a right answer 80% of the time. Ask anyone in the same age bracket who Lord Sauron is (or for that matter, Frodo Baggins), and you'd get a blank look from most. Personally, I think LOTR succeeded as well or better than every Star Wars film every made, and is probably my favourite trilogy of movies, but that doesn't mean the more general populace will be chomping at the bit like they were for Star Wars...goes to show how bad Lucas fucked up when the receipts were counted and reactions came in.

  • March 21, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    d.vader: absolutely.

    by Smartacus

    No doubt someone who doesn't give a shit takes a remake straight to hell. I find that those are often easy to spot. You can see a train wreck like that coming a year out easily. It's like the suck is a foregone conclusion. With the King Kong's of the world you get that horrible build up that gets you excited to see what this filmmaker is going to deliver and when they get it right it's just amazing. When they get it wrong all you see are missed opportunities, beautiful scenes screwed up by an irresistable urge to do too much. King Kong was potentially awesome and needed about half an hour cut out of it to just be good.

  • March 21, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST


    by mr_bellamy

    IMDB lists Andrew Lesnie, Howard Shore, Alan Lee, and John Howe as returning as well.

  • March 21, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    PJ's smoking the meth

    by Benovite1

    That's what allowed him to shed 350lbs. And I don't see no 'eye of the tiger' and I don't get the feeling that he's got something to prove, but hey these are two boring pics. =/ EYE OF THE TIGERRRR

  • March 21, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    SO Hellboy 1 and 2, Blade 2, Mimic, were all made for critics were they? Fucking tard...

  • March 21, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST



  • March 21, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Oops, LOTR is overrated


    BFD, 3 movies based on a fucking book....who cares

  • March 21, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Oh big_bad_wolf...

    by Pawprint

    You're so hip and cool, flying in the face of the mainstream! So edgy! Well done. No, really - it must have taken real balls to come into this talkback, read all these comments and just totally tell it like it is. Gosh, I wish I could be you.

  • March 21, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    HOBBIT does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    I'm not ashamed to admit I love the LOTR movies unreservedly! So good to hear THE HOBBIT has finally started shooting. Go for it PJ, if you can match or even exceed what you achieved with Rings then I'll be an extremely happy boy.

  • March 21, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    braindrain, I agree. Now that this is rolling i'm actualy glad Guillermo Del Toro isn't making it, somehow it seems right and proper that Jackson is back. I think these two movies are going to be something special.

  • March 21, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Don't we all want movies that dovetail into the LOTR like a finely made antique table joint? Jackson is the only man truly capable of maintaining consistency and visual quality with the previous films, but more importantly the subtle things like rhythm, pace, build-up, these things are unique to a director and hopefully might allow for 'one' mighty Middle Earth opus rather than a fragmented affair.

  • March 21, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Oh joy. Another Jackson BOREFEST.

    by Missing Dink

  • March 21, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST


    by Missing Dink

  • March 21, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST


    by Missing Dink

    Jackson's LOTR movies work better on me than a bottle of Ambien.

  • March 21, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    You fuckin' hoopleheads who choose to talk ill of LOTR...

    by Al Swearengen

    suck cock by choice.

  • March 21, 2011, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Jackson made 3 movies of a good source


    Again, Big Fucking Deal. All you fanboys talk this and that about his "vision" and shit. He says "I love them fanboys because them bitches make my wallet phat!" Yeah, you heard it here....Peter Jackson is really a ghetto white boy

  • March 21, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Two movies

    by SpikedBuffy

    The bridging idea is awesome. There is a lot of badass stuff that happens between the end of the hobbit and fellowship. Hope they tie in the rangers a bit too.

  • But the real question is, what happens when James Cameron shaves his beard away? What if Ridley Scott sits down without a big old cigar lit up during an interview? What if Christopher Nolan dyes his hair black? Will Mel Gibson make another film, but only if this time he can direct it whilst in the character of The Beaver? Can Battlefield Earth be rebooted by Ronald D. Moore for the SyFy channel, thus becoming their biggest post Battlestar Galactica hit, both critically and commercially? I must know the answers to these riddles!

  • March 21, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST


    by lv_426

    "I can't believe anyone thinks Kong suffered from too much love smartacus. When you consider how shit some remakes or adaptations are (War of the Worlds or what MCG wanted to do with 20,000 Leagues) it's great to see a film maker actually try and be faithful to what they're adapting." My post-Hobbit dream movie for Peter Jackson to make would be a completely faithful adaptation of The War of the Worlds, set in the late 1890's like the novel. I think I would shat for joy the day something like that were announced.

  • March 21, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Spikedbuffy: Bridge movie idea was scrapped a while back

    by Frank Conniff

    These movies are just going to be The Hobbit split into two parts, with some additional material added in intermittently.

  • It’s like ADD was in the 90’s. Anyone who is socially awkward in the slightest claims to have Asperger’s. It’s a form of autism. Very few people actually have it.

  • March 22, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Actually viggeo, I watched the youtube video you linked

    by Frank Conniff

    and if that guy is for real then he may well have Asperger’s or something similar.

  • One good Rocky III quote deserves another.

  • Poetic justice.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:07 a.m. CST

    I'm not excited yet

    by FrodoFraggins

    Jackson really botched King Kong, which is closer to his heart than middle earth. In the end I'm very glad he's the one directing these films but I probably won't get excited until the filming is complete.

  • March 22, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    "They were made for people with zero IQ's"

    by NightArrows

    Says he who thought Transformers 3 looked awesome. I hear it's up for best picture...

  • March 22, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    Kong was too long. Too full of silly fucking nonsense. Too full of Jackson's over-indulgence. As I said before, it had moments of pure glory, and moments of absolute dumb-fuck stupidity and that's what irks me the most.

  • March 22, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    I can admire Jackson for what he did with the LOTR films. Visually incredible, with moments of awesome. But the credit for any greatness goes to Tolkien. Any time Jackson ad-libbed it was fucking garbage. Again, films too full of over-indulgence and nonsense. I'm looking forward to The Hobbit, but I'm not getting my hopes up that Jackson has grown at all since Kong. There will be slo-mo aplenty and most likely unneeded changes because he feels like it.

  • March 22, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Tolkien is not great literature

    by Brian Hopper

    and most who saw LOTR (including many here) never read -- that is, enjoyed but semi-suffered through -- those books. Despite their flaws (e.g., endless close-ups of gruesome Orc faces), PJ's films are really the best possible films you could make from those books. The Hobbit is Tolkien's greatest book, and I can totally understand the decision to split it into two films. It really has the potential to be better than the LOTR trilogy.

  • March 22, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST


    by Pawprint

    I agree with some of what you say; the LOTR books are an incredible achievement in terms of the rich detail, backstory, languages, locations, cultures, etc. Unfortunately, they are very poorly written - Tolkien was not a professional author. PJ did incredibly, incredibly well to bring the books to life as he did, as you say. The problem with The Hobbit is that it's a children's book and was never meant to be a prequel to anything, and therefore establishes precedents that are ignored in/don't sit well with LOTR. I'll be very interested in how PJ deals with the following: Thick as mince, non-threatening comedy cockney trolls. A talking purse. The abundance of talking animals. Bilbo dancing and singing nonsense rhymes to anger giant spiders. Goblins carrying off the dwarves and singing.

  • March 22, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST


    by Pawprint

    The Hobbit is a relatively short book, and the narrative does not lend itself to being split into two. You could do The Hobbit in under two hours and do it justice. You can't really split it across two 'epic' films and make it work - even by looting the appendices, PJ will still have to be creating a lot of filler.

  • March 22, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST


    by Brian Hopper

    All good points. PJ's main trick in turning a kid's book into a more mature-themed adult entertainment a la LOTR will be one of emphasis... downplaying the "comedy" which would surely be groan-worthy to a modern film audience. Example: Weta Digital will have a field day with the giant spiders. That whole sequence is virtually guaranteed to be impressive. (PJ will just have to be careful handling Bilbo's dancing to say the least.) He's gonna amp up Battle of Five Armies for film #2, with most/all of Smaug stuff in film #1 (?). Everything with Thorin has the potential to bring a lot of emotion into it, especially toward the conclusion. I think you're right that the story does not currently have a natural break point, but if PJ handles it right it can work well as two films.

  • March 22, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST


    by Pawprint

    I don't doubt PJ's ability to do it; I just fail to see how it CAN be done. However, the same could be said for LOTR. In this case, I just can't see where the materiel for two films is coming from (including the appendices, which are very, very general about events) without resorting to a lot of fabrication. Once that happens (and the more whimsical elements are avoided/discarded) we could be dangerously close to a film 'based on' The Hobbit, if you follow me?

  • March 22, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST


    by Brian Hopper

    Yeah, I definitely see the "based on" problem PJ faces. I suspect most of the "fleshing out" of the story will be regarding Battle of Five Armies, which if I remember correctly is a single chapter late in the Hobbit, but could comprise most of the second half of a second movie. That battle (giant eagles, etc.) would certainly be impressive to watch in a film. It wouldn't require much reliance on material from appendices, so much as it would require an imagining of the clashes and mini-battles within the larger battle, something PJ has shown he can do successfully. You made another good point earlier re all the talking animals (including Smaug). This could get annoying fast, but if PJ handles it with the same aplomb they applied in handling Gollum, it'll be OK.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    m6y Hobbit the best?

    by MurderMostFowl

    No offense, but why do you think The Hobbit is the best book? It's was written specifically to be more accessible. It's a much simpler story, plot and characters. I mean it's good.. don't get me wrong. I enjoy that book, but not half as much as Fellowship.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST


    by Pawprint

    I have no doubt that the Battle of the Five Armies will be epic visually - PJ has proved he can do incredible action scenes like Helm's Deep, but he can't rely on that for more than 15 minutes of screentime. I heartily believe WETA could make talking animals look convincing, but it still doesn't make the idea any less ridiculous. As I said, The Hobbit is full of them, but when it comes to LOTR there are suddenly none - that would be the issue here, I think. I don't even think Gwahir speaks in LOTR, does he?

  • March 22, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST


    by Pawprint

    Tolkien did indeed create a fully fleshed-out, living and breathing, incredibly realised fantasy world and a complex, exciting story. The style of his writing and how he tells it, however, are shit. His prose becomes more and more leaden and dull as the books progress, with some incredibly dull, clunky descriptive work. Best example I can give - go and watch PJ's Cave troll fight sequence in FOTR, then actually read that part (a paragraph or so) in the book. It also acts as a reminder as to just what a good job PJ did.

  • March 22, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Trim an hour off King Kong and you'd have a badass movie

    by MattmanReturns

    The stuff on the ship goes on too long, there's too much indulgent CG on Skull Island. The New York segment is almost perfect, aside from Kong and the girl fucking around on the ice.

  • March 22, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    m6y thinks LOTR is poorly written and Reign of Fire is a good movie

    by MattmanReturns

    You're a funny guy, m6y. That's why I'm going to kill you last.

  • March 22, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Looks good, but not happy

    by GeorgieBoy

    Especially in the 2nd pic. Looks like he wishes to be anywhere but Middle Earth again. No doubt he's upset he was dragged into doing these movies. I hope it doesn't affect their quality...

  • March 22, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Come on, mattmanreturns. Let's party.

    by Brian Hopper

    I said Reign of Fire is good. I'm not saying it's great, or perfect, or without flaws. But it's a good (and certainly underrated) movie. And my main point was that in the sub-sub-genre of dragon movies, it's the best of those (including better than Dragonslayer). Not taking anything away from Tolkien's significant achievements with LOTR, but once you've half-tortured and half-enjoyed your way through those books you realize they are not particularly well-written. pawprint nails it in his posts above.

  • March 22, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST


    by Brian Hopper

    Yeah, having read all the Tolkien books, I think The Hobbit is the best. I realize it's kiddie lit, but it's the most well-written and the story is sort of self-contained and more "of a piece" relative to LOTR. By the way, I like LOTR. Not knocking those books... Tolkien's really did something amazing in creating Middle Earth and the characters, language and ideas in those books. But there's this attitude that somehow they're sacrosanct or "perfect" texts that must be honored at all costs, when in point of fact they are imperfect books and, while worthy of adaptation to another medium, nonetheless capable of being improved upon. Not a PJ nut here, but I'm convinced he struck the exact right balance in the LOTR adaptation. Chances are good he can pull that off again in The Hobbit.

  • March 22, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Finally a cool movie in the making to follow again!!!

    by FleshMachine

    it's been a while

  • grow some taste, if at all possible. Art is not a 'free pass' system, unless you're a moron

  • March 23, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    Fellowship started out like the intent was for another novel in-tone with The Hobbit. The Tom Bombadil portion being the highlight of that feel (I loath the Bombadil shit), but it then starts down darker territory. Not sure if Tolkien meant for the books to have a lighter feel and then shifted gears or not...

  • March 23, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Wow, LOTR revisionism...

    by DocPazuzu

  • March 23, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    KONG extended cut

    by NightArrows

    The extended cut is even more rife with silly nonsense. The Triceratops (?) scene with men getting smacked by the horns and rammed and yet NOT dying? There was the raft scene too, though if memory serves, it wasn't as lame. I can't believe he'd offer an extended cut of an already bloated film. It needs TRIMMING.

  • March 23, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Wow, LOTR revisionism...

    by DocPazuzu

    Stay classy, AICN talkback.

  • March 23, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Revisionism? No...

    by Pawprint

    One of of the biggest criticisms of LOTR has always been the style in which it was written; not it's depth, it's story, it's back story, or the sheer creativity and thoroughness of the author. There's a difference. Anyone who doesn't agree, I encourage them, again, to read the Moria sequence paragraph which begins with orcs/goblins leaping through the door one after another. It doesn't read like an exciting battle that's happening RIGHT NOW, but a detached after-action review giving a body count and brief summary.

  • March 23, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    I was referring to the movies.

  • March 24, 2011, 3:39 a.m. CST


    by Pawprint

    In that case, I apologise. Despite any small flaws the films may have, they are incredible, towering cinematic achievements, and will always remain so.