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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Trailer Released

The first teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been released, giving readers a glimpse into the second film in Peter Jackson‘s three movie adaptation of the classic novel.

We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think? Here’s more about the film:

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduring popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor.

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Peter Jackson Makes The Hobbit a Trilogy

Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson revealed today that his adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s The Hobbit adaptation will be a trilogy.

Here’s more from the director:

We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life.  All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.’  We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance.

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The Hobbit Release Dates Revealed

Release dates have been announced for the Peter Jackson‘s two Hobbit movies.

According to VarietyThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will come out on December 14, 2012 and The Hobbit: There and Back Again will hit theaters on December 13, 2013. The video embedded above features a tour of The Hobbit‘s set.

Here’s more from the article: “Jackson began shooting the two films in New Zealand in 3D in mid-March with a cast including Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett reprising their roles from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Bloom joined the cast Friday to portray the elf Legolas.”

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Marvel Releases Free Prisoner Comic Preview

Hoping to build a comic fan base for the AMC television series, Marvel Comics has released a free digital preview of their tie-in comic about the remake of the classic television show, The Prisoner.

The comic was unveiled at San Diego’s ComicCon, along with that long video preview of the upcoming television show. As GalleyCat noted earlier this year, we’d love to see a reprint of Thomas M. Disch‘s novel based on the original miniseries, seemingly scripted by Franz Kafka and shot by Federico Fellini.

Click here to view a PDF version of the comic. Here’s more from the release: “The comic features the likenesses of Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel, and provides an illustrated first-look at scenes based on the premiere episode which airs in November. The Prisoner AMC/Marvel Comic features art by Sao Paulo graphic artist Amilcar Pinna, color by Chris Sotomayor (who did titles for Captain Marvel, vol. 4; Avengers, vol. 3; Incredible Hulk and Fantastic Four), and lettering/production by Chris Eliopoulos (Savage Dragon series).” (Via Mike Cane)

J.R.R Tolkien Estate Sues to Block “The Hobbit” Adaptation

9780061917738.jpgJ.R.R Tolkien‘s family and estate have sued to block production of the upcoming adaptation of “The Hobbit,” claiming they are owed $220 million from adaptation profits and should reclaim film rights to the book.

According to School Library Journal, the film rights to the late author’s books have traveled through different corporate hands over the years since they were sold in 1969, shuttling from United Artists to New Line Cinema. A Los Angeles law firm is representing the estate in a suit against New Line Cinema, News Corp, and the Tolkien Trust.

Here’s more about the film’s development: “Guillermo del Toro [will direct] and Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, and Hugo Weaving [are] reprising their roles as Gandalf, Gollum, and Elrond, respectively. According to Bloomberg Media, the three Lord of the Rings films have generated almost $3 billion in worldwide box-office receipts.” (Via Publishers Weekly)