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The Hobbit - Jackson wants to film more footage

Talks with Warner about extended cuts or 3rd film

Even before a single frame was shot of the Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit, fans had to fear for quite some time whether the project would take off at all. After Guillermo del Toro was set to direct initially, he had to turn to other projects after repeated delays. Maybe that was a fortunate circumstance since the LotR master Peter Jackson himself replaced his colleague on the director's chair.

The initial plan included that the story of The Hobbit should be told in two films. An Unexpected Journey is going to be released end 2012, a year later, part two There and Back Again is to follow. However, Peter Jackson likes to shoot much material what can be seen when looking at the extended editions of the LotR trilogy which are significantly longer than the theatrical versions. Now, Jackson seems to face the same problem with The Hobbit. Even though, there's already material borrowed from the appendices in order to heighten the overall quality of the films, the director said that he would like to shoot even more footage:

I'd like to shoot a bunch more material that we [couldn't] shoot. There's so much good stuff in the appendices that we haven't been able to squeeze into these movies.

To split a film into two parts in order to tell more story and - of course - gain more money by putting them into cinemas separately, becomes a trend more and more. First successfully tried out with the 7th Harry Potter installment, it seems to become a lucrative business option for the studios. Twilight: Breaking Dawn has part 3.1 and 3.2 and the third Hunger Games movie will do the same. It's no surprise that Jackson and Warner discuss this possibility for the second film of The Hobbit, as well:

That's a discussion we're having, yeah. We have certainly been talking to the studio about some of the material we can't film, and we've been asking them so we can do a bit more filming next year. Which, I don't know what would come of that, whether it'd be extended editions or whatnot. But those discussions are ongoing.

Either way, the fans will surely be glad to get more of the Lord of the Rings franchise that is as popular as ever. It's going to be interesting to which conclusion Jackson and Warner will come.

Release: Jul 26, 2012 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: Hitfix

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