The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Set sixty years before Frodo’s escapades in ‘The Lord of the Rings’, ‘The Hobbit’ recounts the adventures of Frodo’s ancestor Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo leaves his peaceful life in the Shire to accompany 13 dwarfs on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug. Along the way, he becomes lost and has a fateful encounter with the One Ring, which sets in motion the cycle of events that reach their conclusion in ‘The Return of the King’.
About the Directors
Peter Jackson was born in New Zealand in 1961, and began his critically acclaimed directorial career with the slapstick horror-comedies ‘Bad Taste’ (1987), ‘Meet the Feebles’ (1989) and ‘Braindead’ (1992). Other films include ‘Heavenly Creatures’, which won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1994; ‘The Frighteners’ (1996); ‘King Kong’ (2005); ‘The Lovely Bones’ (2009); and the two trilogies based upon J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’. Jackson has been nominated for nine Academy Awards, and won three, including Best Director, for ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ (2004).
- Peter Jackson
- Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro
- Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson
- Jabez Olssen
- Howard Shore
- Andrew Lesnie
- Production Company
- Wingnut Films
- Shooting Stars
- Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom