Last week we brought you word that Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson had begun kicking around the idea of turning his film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit into a trilogy. At the time, Jackson was discussing the possibilities with executives at Warner Bros. and while neither side would confirm any kind of agreement at the time, it seems an accord has been reached.
This morning Jackson posted the following verbose missive to his official 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.”
While we’re always up to witness new films directed by Peter Jackson (especially given the phenomenal Cumberbatch-studded cast lined up for these Hobbit films) we still worry that a trilogy will feel a bit overly padded out. Unless a trilogy was in Jackson’s plans from the beginning, the original Hobbit script must have designed with two movies in mind. Adding a third, even with the immense amount of extra Tolkien material lying around, will require an extra two-hours-plus of interesting film content, and we’re very curious to see how Jackson will both keep us entertained during the final flick and adhere to Tolkien’s fan-beloved canon.
Since we have no idea when the third Hobbit film will hit theaters, it seems we’re all going to have to sit on our hands and wait patiently. Alternately, take to the comments and make wild, unfounded predictions for how Jackson will make this thing work. Whichever helps you bide the time.