Filming of much-delayed `The Hobbit` finally begins
Sydney: After years of delays, director Peter Jackson has finally called ‘lights, camera, action’ on ‘The Hobbit’.
Filming for the much-anticipated prequel to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy finally kicked-off in New Zealand on Monday after months of legal and financial wrangling, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
The 50 million dollars two-film production was dogged with problems – an actors boycott, studio funding problems and a stomach ulcer.
However, with all delays dealt with, the shire has been built, the hobbits selected and filming is underway at studios in Wellington.
"We are very excited to be starting production," Jackson’s assistant Matt Dravitzki said in a statement.
The first installment of ‘The Hobbit’ - anticipated to be one of the biggest productions ever seen in Hollywood - is expected in December 2012, with the second to be released in 2013.