Peter Jackson is shunning the conventional premiere locations of New York, Los Angeles and London for his hugely anticipated Lord of the Rings movie 'The Hobbit' - instead choosing to stage the first ever showing in his hometown of Wellington, New Zealand, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Subtitled, 'An Unexpected Journey', the movie is a two-part adaptation of Jrr Tolkien's fantasy novel and is costing an estimated $500 million to make. The film will arrive in New Zealand's capital in November 2012, following the monumental success of the world premiere of 'Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King', which also launched in the city. On that occasion, a reported 120,000 people took to the streets in celebration of Jackson's latest instalment of the much-loved movies. At the time, the filmmaker said, "No one, I don't think, in the international industry could quite believe how the country got behind that moment". The Hobbit, currently around four months into filming, sees Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom reprise their roles in the franchise, while British actor Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins. The movie, which has endured numerous delays following months of financial disputes, is shooting at a specially designed set on New Zealand's north island. The second movie, titled 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again', is set for release in December 2013.
Peter Jackson, who eventually decided to direct the movie after Guillermo Del Toro dropped out of the project, turns 50-years-old on Monday (31st October 2011).