Katie Stone, Matamata Chronicle
There has been some significant digging and planting going on on a farm near Matamata.
Contractors are making underground houses, moving hedges and planting apple and pear trees.
Visitors to the farm have to sign a contract stating they will not sell any of the photos they take while there. It might all seem very odd if you weren't a LOTR* fan.
These two men (and MGM) are at the heart of it:
Peter Jackson and Guillermo Del Toro.
Sometime towards the end of this year**, filming is scheduled to begin on the two part film The Hobbit. There's a rumour that it will be filmed in 3D. (I hope they do it better than Alice).
So far all I can find out about the cast is that Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Andy Serkis (Gollum) and Hugo Weaving (Elrond) are possibly returning in their previous roles. Christopher Lee (Saruman) feels he is not able to make the journey to New Zealand at his age.
Release is estimated late 2012. Our family are looking forward to this with great pleasure.
*Lord of The Rings
** Andy Serkis May 18 mtv.co.uk