Back When THE HOBBIT Prequel Was Originally 2 Films, Where Was It Going To End?

Back When THE HOBBIT Prequel Was Originally 2 Films, Where Was It Going To End?

Originally, The Lord of the Rings prequel movie series was scheduled to be two films, not three. So where was the first move going to end? Director Peter Jackson provides the answer.

Speaking on Entertainment Weekly's XM Radio Show, director Peter Jackson discussed where the first film was going to end back when The Hobbit prequel series was still just two films. Naturally, that initial film would have covered all of the events in An Unexpected Journey and a bit of what occurred in The Desolation of Smaug. According to Jackson, "The split was going to occur where Bard appears on the river bank as a silhouetted figure with a bow, so the whole barrel sequence was going to be the climax." Jackson added that ending there bothered him because that left a lot of material to get through in the second film. For those that saw the first film and the sequel, would you have preferred the prequel series remained just two films or are you glad it was split into three installments?

Peter Jackson's cameo's in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Apparently, Jackson also cameos in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as a dwarf during the flashback sequence depicting Smaug's attack.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all - a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself - the Dragon Smaug.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom as Legolas. The film also stars (in alphabetical order) John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O'Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner.
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