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The Hobbit will be extended to 3 films

Peter Jackson confirms a change of plans

When Peter Jackson first hoped to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings to the big screen, he expected that he could convince a studio to do a maximum of 2 films that cover the necessary content of the 3 books (that were planned to be one book at one time, as well). However, when New Line got on board, they liked the idea of 3 films better and so everything had its order. 3 films for 3 books with little over 1.200 pages.

This winter, The Hobbit hits cinemas. It's based on the book by Tolkien (which is about 300 pages long) and the appendices (according to Jackson, here are 150 pages relevant), which were written by Tolkien later in order to better connect The Hobbit and LotR. Initially, it was planned to tell this story in 2 films. A few days ago, there were considerations and today, Peter Jackson confirmed it: The Hobbit will have 3 parts.

Part 1 starts christmas 2012, part 2 follows one year later in 2013 and part 3 is going to conclude it in summer 2014.

Peter Jackson:

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 (via Facebook)

 

We'll see whether that makes sense to take that much time for a story that is not nearly as complex as The Lord of the Rings. It's probable that the runtime of every movie will be reduced, which is also quite nice for cinema owners because they can then show it more times per day.

The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey starts in US and UK cinemas on December 14th, 2012.

Release: Jul 31, 2012 - Author: Bob - Translator: Mike Lowrey

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