The Hobbit will be extended to 3 films
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.
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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