Peter Jackson announced on his Facebook page that “The Hobbit” movies have finished principal photography. He posted:
We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit. Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con!
Cheers, Peter J
There were times when it seemed like “The Hobbit” movies were going to be stalled in some kind of development hell forever. Remember how everything was all tied up in the MGM bankruptcy? That took a lot longer to resolve than I think people expected. Remember when Guillermo del Toro, the director chosen for the two movies, left the project? Thinking back, that was huge–it was shocking at the time. Then there was the whole big deal as Peter Jackson reluctantly moved towards taking back the directorial reins (let’s be honest, he wanted to a lot more than he let on), followed by tons of casting. Now it’s basically done.
Of course, as Jackson notes, there’s still tons of editing to do, and pick ups and reshoots, but still, the finish line is in sight and we are five months, one week, and one day away from the release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” on December 14, 2012.