Film producers The Asylum have released the trailer for Age of the Hobbits, a straight-to-DVD movie starring Stargate‘s Christopher Judge (“Teal’c”). Check it out below!
The movie is a so-called “mockbuster” release, meant to take advantage of the big-budget theatrical release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on December 14. Age of the Hobbits will be released on DVD and Blu-ray December 11, with a running time of 90 minutes.
Here’s how the studio describes the story:
In an age long ago, the last village of clever, peace-loving Hobbits is attacked and enslaved by the Java Men, komodo-worshiping, dragon-riding cannibals. Now the young Hobbit Goben, along with his father and sister, must seek help from the “giants” (human hunters) to find the Javas’ lair and rescue the last surviving Hobbits, Goben’s mother among them. In their quest to destroy the Javas, the heroic partnership of humans and Hobbits will transform both species forever.
Bai Ling (LOST) and Sun Korng also co-star in the movie written by Eric Forsberg and directed by Joseph Lawson.
Is it a rip-off of the venerated fantasy story by J.R.R. Tolkien? The Hollywood Reporter indicates that though no lawsuits have been filed yet, New Line Cinema has reached out to the production studio about the evident similarities and threatened legal action if the name is not changed. The Asylum’s argument is that the term “Hobbit” has become common usage amongst anthropologists for describing Homo Floresiensis — a recently discovered, real-life tribe of people in Indonesia.
The movie poster even includes the statement “They’re Not Tolkien’s Hobbits … They’re Real.”