THE HOBBIT Will Now Be A Trilogy

Peter Jackson has recieved his wish and what was originally planned to be a two-part film series will now be a trilogy. The director has released an official statement where he explains what would be lost without a third film.

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By Mark Julian - 7/30/2012


Peter Jackson was pretty vocal at SDCC 2012 about his desire to turn The Hobbit into three films and the director has reportedly had his wish granted by Warner Bros. Jackson was on record stating that there was just too much story to be condensed into two films and that he was worried about what would be lost in the editing process.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters on December 14, 2012 while he Hobbit: There and Back Again is scheduled to be released December 13, 2013. The third film has been tentatively scheduled for a Summer 2014 release.

No word yet on how this additional film will be negotiated with the cast and talent.

Here's an official statement from Peter which he posted on his facebook page.

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.”

Cheers,

Peter J.


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Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: December 14, 2012
MPAA Rating: Unknown
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Richard Armitage, Hugo Weaving and Orlando Bloom
Directed by: Peter Jackson.
Written by: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay)


Source: Deadline
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NerdyGeek - 7/30/2012, 8:46 AM
Ugh.
Fantine - 7/30/2012, 8:46 AM
I dont want this.....


All of this to make money.
Fantine - 7/30/2012, 8:48 AM
@prot3tor trimming the already made movie into three movies.
BigDamnHero - 7/30/2012, 8:52 AM
Not a surprise really. Kinda annoying for the fans though.
ksommer - 7/30/2012, 8:53 AM
I thought I read that the third movie would be additional story. That there were notes written down of what could be an additional book. So they were taking those notes and turning it into a third movie and filming it next summer.
RorMachine - 7/30/2012, 8:56 AM
It seems Jackson will be delving into the Appendices for the third movie. That prob means Aragorn, hunt for Gollum etc. Not really sure why everyone is getting so worked up. As long as he isn't stretching out the story too much, 3 movies are better than 2 no?

vxMaverickxv - 7/30/2012, 9:05 AM
I'm definently not upset about this. We're winning in this situation as fans we get another Hobbit movie. And granted no one has seen the movie yet to be sure we'd want a trilogy but from what I've seen of the Blog videos its looking really awesome. I'm pretty stoked theres going to be a 3rd movie.
GizmoEl - 7/30/2012, 9:11 AM
I trust Peter Jackson, can't wait for these movies.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/30/2012, 9:12 AM
Stupid as shit
Sanderman - 7/30/2012, 9:13 AM
A 3 part prequel from one book? Awesome....
SuperSomething616 - 7/30/2012, 9:14 AM
FOR...FCUK...SAKE!!!

2 films was enough!!!!
BigDamnHero - 7/30/2012, 9:16 AM
I'd be happy if Jackson and WB were shooting a new movie to cap everything off or further the story, but I assume that they'll just be taking footage off the cutting room floor and making a third film out of that. Footage we'd probably have gotten in an extended edition anyways. But I could be completely wrong! I have been before, so we'll see!
MarkJulian - 7/30/2012, 9:17 AM
I'm all for it! More Gandalf, more Aragorn!
HelaGood - 7/30/2012, 9:17 AM
as much as i am a HUGE LOTR fan, this should not be three films. itll feel wrong and stretched out.
blvdnoise - 7/30/2012, 9:19 AM
Why??
OdinsBeard - 7/30/2012, 9:19 AM
hmmm alllllllright.
CaptainLantern - 7/30/2012, 9:19 AM
Ok, so the Hobbit itself is shorter than any of the three books that make up the LOTR and each one of them is its own film. How can it take three films to make The Hobbit? BOOOOOOOOOOOO (still gonna watch it though)
HavocPrime - 7/30/2012, 9:20 AM
So it seems they will be doing more on the Necromancer and Dol Guldur, as long as the Hobbit story itself is entact then I am all for more PJ LOTR.
Bojac - 7/30/2012, 9:21 AM
I'm gonna support this, because it's clear that with two films PJ and the gang felt they were missing somethings. (Other than another Billion dollars)
CaptainObvious - 7/30/2012, 9:22 AM
Summer 2014 is already crowded. Just release it in December 2014. There's nothing scheduled for that month.
ralfinader - 7/30/2012, 9:23 AM
Works for me! Can't wait to see them all.
marantaz - 7/30/2012, 9:23 AM
Jackson has shown he can tell a grand story on film, though I worry spreading it over three films will bore the audience (LOTR had a lot of head shots with the actors staring "meaningfully" into the camera ... some people found that a little boring). But I'll trust Jackson knows what he's doing.
Sortis - 7/30/2012, 9:24 AM
Booo? Yes I hate more content, it's such a bummer. Make it 5 minutes!
Ranger14 - 7/30/2012, 9:25 AM
This indicates they ended up with a lot of great footage that warrants three films and they don't want to jam too much into two films. Nothing wrong with that.
MaguireNortonClooney - 7/30/2012, 9:25 AM
I do not care.Read the books for a class..snooze fest.
SigmaCenturion - 7/30/2012, 9:26 AM
All for the money.
ekrolo2 - 7/30/2012, 9:29 AM
Well we will have to wait and see if this works, people saying this is already scretched out are just dumb, we cant judge anything until we see all 3, so save the praising/bashing for 2014/2015.
ksommer - 7/30/2012, 9:29 AM
@puyguy this article has nothing to do with Nolan. Go some where else.
Bojac - 7/30/2012, 9:29 AM
What about Peter Jackson makes you think he'd do it for the money? I think he is literally the richest man in New Zealand.

Also I think they're planning another 50-100 day shoot to film more. So it's not just "well let's just take all the extra footage and make another movie".
Cross - 7/30/2012, 9:29 AM
yes yes yes. Hopefully we will get to see viggo! Why make 2 when you can make 3
LoudNoises - 7/30/2012, 9:30 AM
If Peter Jackson says it will work, I'm on board!
Jollem - 7/30/2012, 9:30 AM
one does not simply fit the hobbit into one film
ekrolo2 - 7/30/2012, 9:31 AM
I hope these 3 movies dont become the Star Wars prequels for LOTR..... That would suck so much.
RocketMadnessBoss - 7/30/2012, 9:32 AM
YES!! :D
Weeton - 7/30/2012, 9:33 AM
*Cough*Silmarillion*Cough*
RorMachine - 7/30/2012, 9:34 AM
The whole "cash grab" thing is kind of irrelevant. I mean by that rationale isn't every sequel a cash grab? Obviously making more money is ONE of the reasons any big blockbuster follow up is ever greenlit. That doesn't mean that Jackson doesn't think a third movie is necessary, or that he won't do a great job with it.
hush - 7/30/2012, 9:35 AM
What would be lost? Several million pounds.
OnLeatherWings - 7/30/2012, 9:39 AM
Peter Jackson is amazing! I hope he explores story.after the.hobbits story
TheSuperBrando - 7/30/2012, 9:40 AM
He's not just stretching The Hobbit out.

It's not just The Hobbit that he's pulling from, he's also using material from Tolkien's other works and appendices of LOTR. And if you know anything about that, you'd know that there's several more books worth of material.

Actually read the article before you post.
VicSage - 7/30/2012, 9:41 AM
Peter Jackson was able to tell the lengthy LOTR book in three films, each weighing in at 3hrs+, and if you've seen the extended edition, they go for 200min-250min. THE HOBBIT is child's play to LOTR. It's a few 300 pages if I remember correctly and can be told in one 3hr film. However, you'd be doing the material an injustice. By doing 2 films, Jackson is giving the material time to breathe and mature. I SUPPORT THIS.

Stretching THE HOBBIT into three films is not what I support.

If Peter Jackson is completing THE HOBBIT in the two films as planned, and writing an original film as the third by using story material in the appendices, etc. then great! Do a film that bridges THE HOBBIT and LOTR. I SUPPORT THIS. Give it a new name though.

That puts us at a total of 6 Middle-Earth films. You're done after that. No more. Don't milk it.
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