Do we really need The Hobbit to become a trilogy?Posted 4:05 pm on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 by John 'Spartan' Nguyen
There were rumors that the powers that be wanted The Hobbit to be a trilogy. I didn’t really think much of it because The Hobbit as two movies would be good enough already. Looks like it isn’t.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Peter Jackson wants to add in an extra movie to The Hobbit, turning it into a trilogy. To proceed with the third movie, Peter Jackson and Warner Bros. need to agree on the financial logistics of shooting extra footage.
“If we’re going to do it, we have to make a decision soon,” says a source close to the production. “It’s strongly driven by the filmmakers’ desire to tell more of the story.”
This makes me very nervous, since the last time Peter Jackson added more to a story, it didn’t turn out well for me (King Kong, anyone?). With the Lord of the Rings, Jackson was able to have each book be its own movie. Even that wasn’t enough, as he had extra footage for each of the three movies. Instead of making The Lord of the Rings be six movies long, we were blessed with the Extended Editions instead.
The Hobbit, which is based on one book, was already stretching as is with two movies, and now they want to go ahead and try to make it a trilogy. If Peter Jackson wanted to expand on the world of Middle-Earth, why not just make another trilogy based on the Silmarillion books?
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey finds adventure on December 14, 2012. There and Back Again hits theaters on December 13, 2013.
John “Spartan” Nguyen is the editor-in-chief at Nerd Reactor and is based in Orange County, CA. He is a graphic designer and illustrator.