Jack­son ends Hob­bit film­ing

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Sir Peter Jack­son has thanked cast and crew for their part in shoot­ing The Hob­bit.

The di­rec­tor con­firmed on his Face­book page last week that prin­ci­pal pho­tog­ra­phy for The Hob­bit: An Un­ex­pected Jour­ney wound up to­day.

‘‘We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of prin­ci­pal pho­tog­ra­phy on The Hob­bit,’’ the Os­car-win­ning di­rec­tor of The Lord of the Rings tril­ogy posted.

‘‘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.’’

Within 25 min­utes of the post ap­pear­ing more than 8000 peo­ple had ‘‘liked’’ the up­date and more than 1000 had shared it with oth­ers.

The film is the first of two mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar Hol­ly­wood block­busters telling the story of hob­bit Bilbo Bag­gins’ quest into the heart of a dragon’s trea­sure-laden lair.

The film has been shot in Welling­ton, with fa­mous faces from the cast and crew be­com­ing fa­mil­iar sights around that city over the past two years. The world pre­miere will also be held in Welling­ton on Novem­ber 28. Welling­ton City Coun­cil has set aside about $1 mil­lion for the event and has said it will be on a sim­i­lar scale to The Lord of the Rings: Re­turn of the King world pre­miere held in 2003, with a street parade and pub­lic en­ter­tain­ment.

NEAR­ING COM­PLE­TION: Sir Peter Jack­son con­firmed last week that prin­ci­pal pho­tog­ra­phy on The Hob­bit: An Un­ex­pected Jour­ney has wound up.

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