New Photo of Bilbo with Sting in 'The Hobbit' + A Quote About Story
It's Sting! Our friends at Hero Complex have unveiled a new photo of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Their piece also includes an interesting quote from writer/producer Philippa Boyens regarding J.R.R. Tolkien's original story, and how it was much more of a challenge to adapt this time. "The story is very much a children's story so deciding how to tell this was one of the first things we had to do," she says. More below, but in the meantime, you can see this awesome image of Bilbo about to name Sting after fighting off the spiders in Mirkwood Forest. I can't wait!
Boyens explains: "Who is the audience? It is very distinctly different, tonally, to Lord of the Rings until the very end and then you begin to see the world of Middle-earth opening up… but, having said that, we felt that it is the same audience [who will come to see the films] and then you start to worry because it is easy to repeat yourself. It is quite a similar journey, you're going from the Shire to a large, dangerous mountain."
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit… The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson in two separate parts, is set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in a trilogy ten years ago. The Hobbit films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, will be shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest camera technology. The Hobbit follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives in theaters in 3D on December 14, 2012.