Where will the movies be filmed?
The films will be made in New Zealand, the same as the Lord of the Rings movies. GDT already has plans to move to New Zealand for several years. Some of the same sets will be used (e.g., Hobbiton) and others will be added. Per GDT: “the first stages of design and R&D will be done with me going back and fourth from LA and New Zealand because there are a lot of things I need to put to bed before I finally move to New Zealand. I’m going much sooner than my relatives would like! We will officially be doing a lot of prep on ‘The Hobbit’ this summer, there is so much to do, its amazing. Just the reforestation of The Shire, re planting all those trees and plants will take months, and we’re going to be as exact as possible.