Break out the mead already! Finally, after months of delays, funding problems and labour disputes, the cameras are finally rolling for Peter Jackson’s prequel to his Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The two-film adaptation of the prequel boasts screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, will be shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Joining Jackson are LOTR alumni Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Andy Serkis (Gollum) and Elijah Wood (Frodo).
You can expect the same eye-popping production values as the first LOTR trilogy as director of photography Andrew Lesnie, production designer Dan Hennah, conceptual designers Alan Lee and John Howe, composer Howard Shore, make-up and hair designer Peter King as well as costume designer are Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor returning to the Shire.
The films are expected to take up to two years to make, with the first timed for release in late 2012. Judging from Jackson’s cheeky smile in these pics, things are looking pretty rosy indeed. Can’t wait!
In other news, the Greek gods are set to rumble again as production for the sequel for the 2010 epic hit Clash of the Titans begins. The story follows the adventure of demigod Perseus (Sam Worthington) after defeating the Kraken and living a quiet life as a fisherman.
As usual, trouble is always brewing when the Greek gods are concerned. This time, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. So it’s up to Perseus to save the day (again).
Joining Worthington in this sequel are Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy and Liam Neeson. The film is currently scheduled for release in March 2012.