Peter Jackson and his crew wrapped up filming the last two films in “The Hobbit” trilogy. The world famous New Zealand director and filmmaker shared pictures of his last day on the set using social media.
Facebook Fans Get Unexpected Treat
Jackson constantly updated his Facebook fan page Friday with status messages and photos from the set of “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” the last in the series. The second film, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” is set to hit theaters in December this year, while the last film opens in 2014.
Apart from posting pictures of dwarves, very important characters in the film series, Jackson also posted pictures of actor Martin Freeman as well as some of the crew members. Freeman plays the title role, hobbit Bilbo Baggins.
The series of updates started and ended with pictures of Jackson’s cat, Mr. Smudge. The last photo is of the director and his feline pet, along with the caption, “A long day. A great day. Thank you all for being part of it! Now for some sleep!”
Sequels to a Prequel
“The Hobbit” film series, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel of the same name, serve as prequels to “The Lord of the Rings” series also by Tolkien. The story follows Baggins and his adventures in trying to help a group of dwarves recover their kingdom and vast wealth from the dragon Smaug.
The first film in the series, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” opened in December 2012. The movie starring Freeman and a number of “The Lord of the Rings” alumni exceeded $1 billion in worldwide box-office results.