Shooting of The Hobbit is moving up from June 2018 to June of this year, says Ian McKellen. Both Hobbit films will be directed by Guillermo del Toro, with Peter Jackson as producer and co-writer (the other writers being Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens).
The Hobbit’s, two films, start shooting in New Zealand in June. Filming will take over a year. Casting in Los Angelos, New York City and London has started. The script too proceeds. The first draft is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle Earth. [Ian McKellen's official website via SciFiSquad]
For those of you unfamiliar with The Hobbit, here’s a brief synopsis: Bilbo and Gandalf set off to raid Lonely Mountain for treasure, where they find a cache of enchanted jetpacks and begin racing. They battle a dragon, Smaug, who has nearly-impenetrable armour and frikken laser beams on his head. Then the jetpack race continues, and right before the finish line — I mean like right before it — Gandalf yells, “You shall not pass!” but then Bilbo totally passed at the last second you guys. It was awesome. Then he fights a giant spider in the third act. About 60 years later, his adoptive son and his first and second cousin once removed either way (all of which are the same dude, named Frodo) married his gardner Samwise Gamgee and moved to Idaho to farm potatoes. The end.