You may remember Peter Jackson was taken into hospital two weeks ago with acute stomach pains and underwent surgery for a perforated ulcer. While he is out of hospital now and recovering at home, his surgery caused the start of filming on The Hobbit to be delayed slightly.
Well today the production company announced via The One Ring that the first day of principal photography for The Hobbit will now be Monday 21st March, 2011.
According to the press release:
This date has been chosen following practical considerations of the filming schedule requirements, actor availability and the NZ seasons. Shooting will take place at Stone Street Studios in Miramar and on location around New Zealand.
Confirmed cast include: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Mikael Persbrant, Sylvester McCoy and Elijah Wood. Director, Sir Peter Jackson, comments: “Despite some delays we are fully back on track and very excited to get started.”
It’s good to see things are finally moving forward following years of delays, actor protests, a potential move out of New Zealand and an ill director. I can’t wait to see the first set images from Middle Earth next month.
The Hobbit: Part 1 will be released December 2012 followed by The Hobbit: Part 2 in December 2013.