‘The Hobbit’ Finally Gets Green Light

the-hobbitFans of the middle earth can already breath a sigh of relief after Warner Bros. announced that it has given the two part film adaptation of The Hobbit green light to start filming. The announcement ended months of speculations of whether it will push through or not.

The Hobbit is the prequel novel to The Lord of the Rings and tells the early adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Frodo’s uncle) and how he came a hold of the “One Ring”, the ring that was the entire focus of its famous trilogy sequel.

The film adaptation has been delayed for some years already and reached a critical point when Guillermo del Torro backed out as director. Taking now the helm as director for the films will be Peter Jackson, the director of the trilogy sequel films. Production starts February.

Collectively, The Lord of the Rings trilogy posted 3 billion dollars in worldwide box office. The last one, The Return of the King, still ranks as the third highest grossing film of all time in unadjusted sales worldwide. It won all of its 11 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture (so far the only fantasy film to do so) and Best Director for Jackson.