More filming pickups for the Hobbit trilogy expected later this year?

We all saw those emotional scenes during the last 'Hobbit' pickups of Peter Jackson and company saying goodbye to each other when last year's pickups finished. However it turns out that that may not have been the last time many of those actors metaphorically set foot in Middle Earth.

However it turns out that whilst last year's pickups were the last official set of filming for the Hobbit trilogy most of the cast expected that they'd be going back out to perfect scenes for 'There and Back Again.' Peter Jackson is known to be a perfectionist and if there are any issues with existing footage or there's additional footage needed it's almost a definite that more filming will be taking place.

Adding some fuel to the fire is Hobbit actor Richard Armitage who plays the leader of the dwarves Thorin Oakenshield, in a recent interview he conducted with Theonering,net he discussed the idea of going to New Zealand for even more pickups.

"We have nothing official at the moment; but knowing Pete, knowing what that third movie needs to be like, you know, his taste and what he's aiming for, I have no doubt in my mind that we'll be going back to do more stuff … On the last day of the shoot, he [PJ] put his arms around me, and he gave me a big hug and said, 'See you next year.' And I was like, 'What, do you mean for the Premiere?' and he went, 'No, no; we'll be back here again...'"

Another potential clue that further pickups will in fact be happening has arisen in the newspaper the Irish Examiner, about actor James Nesbitt's entertainment firm Brown Cow Films Ltd. The important part here is the last sentence of the article which says "'Nesbitt confirmed that he is returning to New Zealand in around May for the filming of the third Hobbit movie."

So it does look likely that 'There and Back Again' will be getting some last minute touch-ups to round it off. I'm certainly pleased to see the old gang getting back together again, going 'there and back again' to make sure the final act of the Hobbit trilogy is as good as it should, and needs to be.

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