Philippa Boyens, co-writer on all of The Lord of the Rings Movies shares some details on the cliffhanger at the end of The Desolation of Smaug, and on why she and co-writers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh decided to break the cardinal rules of adventuring and split the party.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was a solid film clocking in at just under three hours long, but for those of you who felt like three hours wasn't enough, we have great news! There will be an extended cut of the film coming out on DVD.
So what's all this extra footage going to be? How will it tie in to the second film? Answers under the cut.
We've been restraining ourselves from posting too much stuff about The Hobbit because, lets face it, this is not a LotR only blog and we would be straining at least a few people's patience. So here's all The Hobbit stuff from yesterday that we didn't post because we'd already done like two posts related to The Hobbit and dangit, The Hobbit people calm down with your premiere pictures, unreleased photos, funny quotes, new behind the scenes footage, and Colbert Report interviews.
Oh also the Doubleclicks have a new Christmas song that's particularly appropriate this year.
We here at The Mary Sue have a great appreciation for all things Martin Freeman. It made us extremely happy when the Sherlock star was cast as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit and after seeing footage we can't really picture anyone else in the role. Writer of the films, Philippa Boyens recently spoke about why Freeman was the actor they chose.
Philippa Boyens is our resident Tolkien expert, and when Stephen came down to visit the set, we put him head to head with Philippa on a Tolkien quiz - and Stephen triumphed. I have to say, his encyclopedic knowledge of Tolkien is spectacular, and points to a deprived childhood in some respects. -- Peter Jackson, speaking of Stephen Colbert, who was recently invited to visit the set of The Hobbit films in New Zealand.
As for that rumored and possibly confirmed cameo for the fake news anchor, Jackson said that "it's yet to be confirmed or denied."
Previously in The Hobbit
Whatever your reaction was to the news of Peter Jacksonmaking The Hobbit into three films, the reality has set in - how the hell is this actually going to work? You know, because the film doesn't even have a script and the studios hadn't budgeted for three. Someone needs to tell the dwarves to dig deeper I guess.