Before Peter Jackson took the reigns of the franchise, Guillermo del Toro was supposed to direct The Hobbit, and planned to bring his friend and longtime collaborator Ron Perlman to voice the dragon Smaug. But financial problems and delays at MGM eventually forced del Toro from the project; after Peter Jackson, king of The Lord of the Rings, signed on to direct in his place, he replaced Perlman with Benedict Cumberbatch. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which takes you on an unexpected journey behind the scenes of the first film in The Hobbit trilogy!
Back in 2012, some of the cast members from the 'Hobbit' films appeared in an in-flight safety video for Air New Zealand titled "An Unexpected Safety Briefing," and to coincide with the upcoming sequel 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,' they've made a different kind of sequel: "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made." It is very epic indeed.
If you're like us, you may have been a little underwhelmed by the first 'Hobbit' movie, but the latest trailer for Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' seems not only action packed, but lacking in any scenes featuring long meals or songs.
I have read the Hobbit at least ten times or more and Lord Of The Rings a few less times than that. I pretty much have the entire thing memorized so naturally when they came out with the movies 'Lord Of The Rings', I was really worried that it would be nothing like the books.