(QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand) — When Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson first filmed Hobbiton, the town in which the reluctant hero Frodo Baggins lives, the village was like many others made for movies: torn down after filming. However, now that Jackson has returned to Hobbiton for his new Hobbit prequel films, he’s making the set a permanent attraction for tourists to New Zealand.
In an extensive behind-the-scenes video post on his Facebook page, Jackson gives fans a sneak peek at the prequels — and what it’s like to move the entire cast and crew to the New Zealand countryside to shoot the film. Jackson and star Elijah Wood express how bizarre it is to be walking on a set they first visited more than a decade ago, which Jackson jokingly says is, “the nearest thing I’m ever going to come to a time machine.”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and its follow-up The Hobbit: There and Back Again are scheduled for release in December of 2012 and 2013, respectively.
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