Tuesday, July 31, 2012

NEWS: The Hobbit Becomes a Trilogy

It's official: Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit will now be a trilogy.

The adaptation, which is based on a combination of Tolkien's 1937 novel, content from the appendices from The Lord of the Rings and original material, was originally slated to be told over the course of two movies - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (slated for release later this year) and The Hobbit: There and Back Again (2013.) Now a third chapter has been added, the title of which has yet to be revealed (although Bleeding Cool may have already solved that one.)

Writer-Director Peter Jackson issued a statement yesterday explaining the move:

It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie - and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.' 

We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance. The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.

So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of “The Hobbit” films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three. 

It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, "a tale that grew in the telling."


Peter J

As of yet, there's been no announcement as to whether this change-up will affect the first movie's release, so here's hoping we're still on track for a December 2012 release.

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