To quote our FALL/WINTER Film Guide:
It’s been over a decade since Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings fantasy epic captivated audiences, dominated the box office, and won a slew of Academy Awards in the process — Return of the King, the third iteration in the trilogy, raked in 11 Oscars, tying it with Titanic and Ben Hur for most all time. After an aborted attempt by Guillermo del Toro to direct the series prequel, The Hobbit, Jackson is taking the reins to film another trilogy out of JRR Tolkien’s fantasy classic. Despite the original novel clocking in at 310 pages, Jackson is billowing up and dividing The Hobbit into a three part film series. Several actors from the LotR films will make appearances in The Hobbit trilogy, among them Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, and Orlando Bloom. The story in a nutshell (or lembas wrapper?) goes like this: A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (kinsman to Frodo), journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a swashbuckling group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug. Newcomers to the series include Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug. While I’m almost certain that Leonard Nimoy won’t be scoring the film, Howard Shore is on the docket to provide some more elegant orchestral work. Since essentially the same ingredients from LotR are in place to cook up another adventure through Middle Earth, I think we can expect similar excellent results from The Hobbit, as well as an overenthusiastic response from fans to vote it into IMDB’s top 10 movies of all time within weeks of its release.
And now the wait is almost over. The movie opens on December 14th but we do have a few passes to give away to the following preview:
- Monday, December 10
- 7:00 PM
- Regal Gallery Place
To enter to win, leave us a comment telling us which book would you love to see made into a movie (and why) and we will notify the winners by COB Friday. Cool? Cool. GODSPEED.