The Hobbit has suffered many a woe since it was announced the book was going to get a two movie treatment. First it was estate disputes, followed by director troubles, then MGM suffering money setbacks. The planets and stars must have finally aligned as New Line, Warner Bros. and MGM have announced the films will begin principal photography in February 2011 with Peter Jackson directing.
The only hurdle holding up the production is where the film will shoot. Jackson and New Zealand are at odds with the labor unions, which has Warner Bros. looking at five other locals around the world. It’s been mentioned previously that Jackson is considering Eastern Europe, which fits with the Middle Earth feel.