Move over, The Dark Knight Rises. There is a new trailer out that increases the anticipation for the 2012 movie season more than just about anything else. Peter Jackson returns to the film franchise that gained him international acclaim with The Hobbit, a prequel to The Lord of the Rings. J.R.R. Tolkien’s story will be adapted into two films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again with each film coming out one year apart. The first is on its way about one year from now and an official trailer has come out to give us a glimpse of what is to come.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey uses the established Lord of the Rings films as a framing device to get into its story. Decades before Frodo Baggins journeyed to Mordor to destroy the One Ring, his uncle Bilbo had an adventure of his own. Encouraged by Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo ventured to the Misty Mountains with a team of dwarves in search of a massive treasure. Along the way he confronts spiders, trolls, and the creature who will forever impact his family – Gollum.
Yesterday when The Dark Knight Rises trailer was posted I posited that Nolan’s film might be the blockbuster I am most anticipating next year, but this trailer has easily convinced me that is not the case. The Hobbit was one of the first novels I read as a child and I revisited it often. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies were my obsession throughout high school and I still regard them with fondness. The world that Jackson and team created was so meticulous and fantastic that I eagerly awaited the next moment I could escape into it. I have no reason to doubt that he will treat The Hobbit with an equal amount of care.
Check out the official trailer below or in High Definition at Apple. I am eager to hear your thoughts in the comments.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be in theatres in the U.S. on December 14, 2012.