It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie – and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.’
We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance. The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.
So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of “The Hobbit” films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three.
It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, “a tale that grew in the telling.”
Warner Bros. has a new app: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Wallpaper Generator to customize desktop and mobile wallpapers, Facebook covers and profile images from “The Scroll” of ten scenes from the film released recently. See it here.
Can’t wait two more weeks until the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy hits theaters?
You’re in luck. Warner Bros. has released a 13-minute extended sneak-peek for The Dark Knight Rises, featuring interviews with the cast, a behind the scenes look at the movie-making process and scenes from the flick set to hit theaters July 20.
“Chris [Nolan] was able to amp up the stakes for this last movie,” says Dark Knight star Anne Hathaway, “and really take it to places that I don’t think anyone’s expecting.”
More glimpses of some epic street battle of 100s of people…
“The Dark Knight Rises” in theaters July 20 – Facebook
Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars
Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle
Tom Hardy, as Bane
Oscar winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake
Returning to the main cast:
Oscar winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred
Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon
Oscar winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.