Filming of “The Hobbit” Begins in February

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    The Associated Press is reporting that the two-part prequel to “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy will begin shooting in February with “Rings” director Peter Jackson at the helm.

    After being in development hell, it looks like the movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s “The Hobbit” will now become a reality.

    The Associated Press is reporting that the two-part prequel to “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy will begin shooting in February with “Rings” director Peter Jackson at the helm, according to a statement. There were no details available about release dates.

    The production of the films has stalled because of issues regarding unions as well as the reorganization of Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Originally Guillermo del Toro was slated to direct the prequels but left the production in May because of the delays.

    "Exploring Tolkien's Middle Earth goes way beyond a normal filmmaking experience," said Jackson, who co-wrote the screenplays, in the release. "We're looking forward to re-entering this wondrous world with Gandalf and Bilbo."

    According to the AP, “The Hobbit” movies will be shot in 3-D. "It's an all-immersive journey into a very special place of imagination, beauty and drama," Jackson said.

    Selected Reading: The Associated Press