Get ready to journey back to Middle Earth. J. R. R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit is being made into not one, but two feature films. The first, titled An Unexpected Journey, is due out in theaters in December.
To expand the classic J.R.R. Tolkien book so that it could support two films, Peter Jackson drew from a range of Tolkien’s writings, adding characters not present in the Hobbit book, including Orlando Bloom’s elf Legolas and Cate Blachett’s elven ruler Galadriel. “In the movie we want these characters to have story lines and a little more substance than they do in the book,” Jackson explains. “Almost everything we’re doing is from Tolkien somewhere, whether it’s in the book or the subsequent development that wasn’t published in The Hobbit itself.”
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