There were rumors that Peter Jackson was planning to make The Hobbit three films instead of two. It turns out those rumors were true. Earlier today Jackson released this statement on his Facebook page about the decision to make a third Hobbit. The first two films will come out over the next two winters, but the third film is expected to hit theaters in the summer of 2014.
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.”
The decision to make three films has been met with mixed reactions from the internet, but it’s not unusual for mass overreaction. The Hobbit isn’t adding any new material from various reports, Jackson filmed enough film to make a third installment without any real additional work. Jackson is also reported to have taken some additional background information and details from The Similarion as well as extending and tweaking some battles. Benedict Cumberbatch, the voice of the dragon Smaug, had stated that he has recorded the voice of Sauron for a battle scene that takes place in the Similarion. What do you think Hobbit fans? Do you think it’s better to add a third film than sticking with the originally planned two?
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