Final 'Hobbit' film shooting more pickups in May

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When it was announced that Peter Jackson was taking on The Hobbit after his successful foray into Middle-earth with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, we were thrilled. Then we found out the one Hobbit book as going to be its own trilogy, and it seemed like an overzealous undertaking. But surely, with the final film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, being released next year, and with principal photography wrapped on the entire Hobbit trilogy, Jackson is totally and completely done with his adaptation of Tolkien, right?

Wrong.

TheOneRing.Net is reporting that the cast and crew are heading back to New Zealand in May for another round of pickup shots. Now granted, pickup shots are a standard part of filmmaking, but there has already been a round of pickups here! I'm of the opinion that Jackson is legitimately terrified of leaving Middle-earth because these movies have been the defining point of his career and his projects outside of this universe have been met with, at best, mixed reviews.

The bigger concern frankly is that pickups staring in May don't leave a lot of time for everything to be finished for a December release.

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