Guillermo del Toro Confirms 'The Hobbit' Starts Filming in 2010

Director Guillermo del Toro revealed that 'The Hobbit' will begin shooting in March 2010 and use New Zealand's landscapes that are different from those seen in 'Lord of the Rings'.

AceShowbiz - Guillermo del Toro, the director of "Hellboy", recently talked about his upcoming movie "The Hobbit". In an interview with tourism reps from New Zealand, he confirmed the production schedule of his new project, stating "It will start in March 2010 and we will shoot for about 370 days." Furthermore, he informed that the post production will take several months after the shooting before the release of the first part in 2011, while "The Hobbit 2" will be released in 2012.

Guillermo additionally revealed that though most of the New Zealand's landscapes seen in the first film will be similar to the ones used "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, the end part will use landscapes "that you haven't seen in the trilogy." About the shooting locations for the second movie, however, he explained that from the beginning, it will have landscapes which are completely different from the "Lord of the Rings".

"The Hobbit" is taken from JRR Tolkien's novel of the same tittle and made into two-part movies. The movies will re-create the scenes of the novel, with additional events that make an impact to "The Lords of the Rings", such as the expulsion of Sauron from Mirkwood by The White Council. The first movie is scheduled for December 2011 U.S. release, while the second one is expected to hit theaters across the U.S. a year later.

Previously, it has been announced that some of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy actors will reprise their roles in "The Hobbit". They include Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Andy Serkis as Gollum and Hugo Weaving as Elrond.

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