The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug may still be over 8 months away. However, after the release of the recent (Gandalf-focused) teaser footage only accessible to those who purchased the first film, director, Peter Jackson has posted a brief Q&A session about the upcoming second part of his Middle Earth prequel trilogy and even unveils some behind-the-scenes goodness and cool concept art.
Besides answering questions from The Lord of the Rings alum, Billy Boyd (Pippin), fielding nerdy/creepy queries from Stephen Colbert (who will cameo in one of the films) before boldly exposing the comedy host's cost-cutting measures, Jackson actually reveals quite a bit concerning how he will approach this middle chapter. While treating us to footage of yet-to-be seen characters, Bard (Luke Evans), Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), and a returning Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Jackson drops hints about the way the narrative will greatly expand from the somewhat linear (and lengthy) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Indeed, just as the middle chapter of his renown Rings trilogy, The Two Towers made a radical change in tone and introduced a handful of primary, point-of-view characters, Jackson's words seem to imply that we should expect a similar move with this follow-up.
While An Unexpected Journey impressed many, it also managed to divide audiences over a number of issues. Notably among them, was its bloated nature and the slow-paced way in which things unfolded. However, some may recall that the first entry into the (generally beloved) Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring also had its moments of sloppy, sometimes drawn-out exposition. It was not until we got to the sequels, did the primary characters really shine. That may very well be case again with The Hobbit films.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug stages a violent group intervention with a gold-hoarding dragon at theaters on December 13.