The Hobbit Trilogy

A few weeks ago, entertainment news organizations were reporting that Peter Jackson, renowned director of The Lord of the Rings and currently working on directing the two films in The Hobbit series, submitted a request for additional weeks of shooting.  Rumors flew that Mr. Jackson was up to something, from needing to reshoot scenes, shooting additional content for the home video release, or splitting his two films into three films.  Today, the speculation ended as Jackson and company announced that The Hobbit was becoming a trilogy.  While at the time of this writing there is no set release date for the third film, it would be safe to assume that it is probably going to arrive in December 2014, a year after part two.  Here is the full announcement from Peter Jackson himself:

 

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.”

Cheers, 

Peter J

 

As a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings and King Kong (also by Jackson), I have been eagerly awaiting my return to Middle-Earth, and while some critics may roll their eyes at the announcement of the splitting of one book into three films, I am simply happy I get to spend a little bit more time in the wonderful world of Tolkien.

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One thought on “The Hobbit Trilogy

  1. I consider Lord of the Rings to be among the finest cinematic achievements in motion picture history. As for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the closest approximation is The Phantom Menace. I liked The Phantom Menace back in May 1999 and I still do (in defense of… ). But I now know exactly how those who disliked or hated Episode One felt on that fateful evening 12.5 years ago. I feel your pain, for now it is my pain as well…

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