Two of Hollywood's most anticipated -- and most expensive -- forthcoming movies have wrapped production in New Zealand.
Shot together, a pair of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy book "The Hobbit" have completed principal photography following a 266-day shoot in New Zealand, director Peter Jackson announced on his Facebook page Friday.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first of the two movies, hits theaters on Dec. 14 of this year, followed by "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" on Dec. 13, 2013.
"Next stop, the cutting room," Jackson said on his Facebook post. "Oh, and Comic-Con!"
"The Hobbit" is expected to be the centerpiece of Warner Bros.' presentation at the Comic-Con International convention in San Diego on July 14, where Jackson will address fans and show footage from the first movie.