It’s official, The Hobbit will be a trilogyPosted 11:19 am on Monday, July 30th, 2012 by John 'Spartan' Nguyen
Peter Jackson and Warner Bros. were in talks about turning The Hobbit into a trilogy from its original 2-movie deal. Now, Peter Jackson has officially confirmed on his Facebook page that a third movie will be attached to The Hobbit.
According to Variety’s Josh Dickey, the third movie will be in theaters in summer 2014. I wonder what they’re going to title the movie. The Hobbit: A Really Unexpected Trilogy?
I’m just hoping that the story won’t feel drawn-out, like what Peter Jackson did with King Kong. The Lord of the Rings benefited from a trilogy because it was based on a trilogy of books. The Hobbit is just based on one book. Will there be a lot of additional scenes not from the book? And will these scenes piss off fans, or will it help enhance the story?
CORRECTION: THE HOBBIT 3 will come in Summer 2014, unlike first 2 films. No specific date affixed yet.
— Josh Dickey (@Variety_JLD) July 30, 2012
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.”
Source: Peter Jackson’s Facebook Page
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.