Just a decade ago, the film trilogy "Lord of the Rings" created a huge following in China. The franchise also built a solid reputation for its director and co-writer, Peter Jackson.
Now he is continuing his fantasy adventure on Middle Earth with his new film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", which is set to hit the silver screens around the world.
In "The Hobbit" a young Bilbo, played by Martin Freeman, has no desire to hit the road after a company of dwarves turn up to enlist him on a quest to retake a dwarf mountain kingdom from the dragon that decimated it.
After much convincing Bilbo eventually leaves on an "unexpected journey," encountering trolls, goblins, and a grisly guy named Gollum.
Philippa Boyens, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", said, "It was interesting, because Professor Tolkien wrote ’The Hobbit’ first obviously but he continued to write that story, as you know, and there’s a lot of the events that relate to ’The Hobbit’ are told in ’The Lord of the Rings,’ they’re also told in the appendices of ’Lord of the Rings,’ so you know we had that chance to tell that part of the story."
Peter Jackson, Director/co-writer, said, "It’s almost like Tolkien never really stopped work on the book, even though it was published in 1937, he kept thinking of ideas that were filtered out. So we were able to take all those ideas and almost make ’The Hobbit Supersize’ as it were."
Like "The Lord of the Rings," Peter Jackson’s ambitious plan also includes three "Hobbit" movies, all of which have already been filmed.
Peter Jackson said, "Well there has to be the lighter touch from the book and it is, I mean it’s really the themes. It’s the dwarves and Bilbo are more inherently humorous and Tolkien wrote them in a fairly humorous way, but when you get to ’The Lord of the Rings’ obviously the ring has become this dominant feature. ’The Hobbit’ really is...the ring is just merely a passing sort of moment in ’the Hobbit,’ but in ’The Lord of the Rings’ suddenly it’s apocalyptic, it’s the fate of the world and Frodo has the weight of the world on his shoulders. So it definitely becomes a much more dramatic storyline. But we didn’t have to do that with ’The Hobbit’ and that was the joy of it - that we could be funny."