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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - HD Main Trailer - Official Warner Bros. UK
Third Hobbit movie 'There and Back Again' pushed back to December 2014
The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three high fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the novel The Hobbit by J. Tolkien , with large portions of the trilogy inspired by the appendices to The Return of the King , which expand on the story told in The Hobbit , as well as new material and characters written especially for the films. Together they act as a prequel to Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The screenplay was written by Fran Walsh , Philippa Boyens , Jackson, and Guillermo del Toro , who was originally chosen to direct before his departure from the project. The films take place in the fictional world of Middle-earth sixty years before the beginning of The Lord of the Rings , and follow hobbit Bilbo Baggins Martin Freeman , who is convinced by the wizard Gandalf the Grey Ian McKellen to accompany thirteen dwarves , led by Thorin Oakenshield Richard Armitage , on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.
The film is the fifth Middle-earth film adaptation to be released, and the second chronologically. It has a duration of 3 hours and 7 minutes. He persuades Thorin to march upon the Lonely Mountain and obtain the Arkenstone to unite the Dwarves of Erebor, and suggests that a stealthy burglar may be needed to steal the jewel back from the great dragon Smaug , who has claimed the Lonely Mountain. Twelve months later, Thorin and his company are being pursued by Azog and his Orc party down the Carrock following the events of the previous film. Bilbo , who is on a ridge scouting out the surrounding area, spots a massive bear stalking them nearby, and returns to inform the group of the bear's presence. Gandalf expresses familiarity with the beast, and reveals he knows of a dwelling nearby where they can seek shelter.
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Tolkien's novel of the same name. Martin Freeman plays the films' title role of Bilbo Baggins. Peter Jackson initially planned to produce two films, but following the conclusion of principal photography, and on seeing early cuts of these films, he decided that he wanted 'to tell more of the tale'. Therefore on 30 July , , Jackson announced that 'two films will become three'. The three Hobbit films follow the plot from J. They hoped to produce three films, the first based on The Hobbit , with the second and third films being adaptations of The Lord of the Rings. Rights to The Hobbit proved difficult to secure because whilst Saul Zaentz owned the production rights, United Artists held the distribution rights.
It was published on 21 September to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children's literature. The Hobbit is set within Tolkien's fictional universe and follows the quest of home-loving Bilbo Baggins , the titular hobbit , to win a share of the treasure guarded by Smaug the dragon. Bilbo's journey takes him from light-hearted, rural surroundings into more sinister territory. The story is told in the form of an episodic quest, and most chapters introduce a specific creature or type of creature of Tolkien's geography. Bilbo gains a new level of maturity, competence, and wisdom by accepting the disreputable, romantic, fey, and adventurous sides of his nature and applying his wits and common sense.
The Hobbit is a cinematic trilogy adaptation of J. Guillermo del Toro had originally signed to direct the movies, but due to various delays and conflicts with schedules, announced that he would not be able to direct them. The production was originally planned as a two-part adaptation, but ultimately became a trilogy. Peter Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh expressed interest in in adapting J. Tolkien 's novels.