Another Gigantic Sculpture for 'The Hobbit' Installed in New Zealand

November 18, 2012
Source: Facebook

The Hobbit New Zealand

New Zealand's Hobbit mania hasn't stopped yet. We've seen airline promo videos, giant Gollum sculptures, massive Dwarf silhouettes, and now local the movie theater where it's all beginning has received its own humongous Gandalf statue for the premiere. The Embassy Theater (Facebook) in downtown Wellington, New Zealand is hosting the world premiere of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey just next week, 9 days from now (on November 28th), and in preparation for the event a huge Gandalf at Bilbo's house in the Shire display was installed right above it. Damn are they going all out, but I'm all for it!

Here's the photos of this latest The Hobbit Weta sculpture install, posted on The Embassy's Facebook page:

The Hobbit Embassy Theatre Gandalf Shire

The Hobbit Embassy Theatre Gandalf Shire

The Hobbit Embassy Theatre Gandalf Shire

The Hobbit Embassy Theatre Gandalf Shire

The Hobbit Embassy Theatre Gandalf Shire

And here's a photo from reader Boudewyn of another Hobbit install at the Wellington airport baggage claim:

The Hobbit Baggage Carousel

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit… J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson as three separate movies, 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 films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, were shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest cameras. 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 & 48FPS on December 14th.

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The 3 Lord of the Rings movies cost less than 1 of the two Hobbit movies. In the MGM bankruptcy filing you can read that $265million-$270million was paid to co-finance production of both Hobbit films(when there was only two planned), 50% of overall $540million budget. LotR was made over a decade ago, but the value of the USD has not diminished that much, and making movies in NZ was always considered a very good deal, that one got 3 times the value of the USD. Wow....

David Banner on Nov 19, 2012


Which theaters get the first screenings of 48 fps? I'm interested in those reviews.

castingcouch on Nov 19, 2012

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