July 31 2012

The Hobbit Officially Becomes Three Movies

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As was rumored recently, The Hobbit will become three movies. Yep, one book, three movies.

Diretor Peter Jackson has taken to The Hobbit Facebook page to post the following statement.

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.”


Peter J

I’m not sure I even have words for how much this annoys me.  It’s bad enough when we see one book turned in to two movies, but turning it in to three?  How are you possibly going to say this is for the good of the film and not just a cash grab?  You can’t.

Yep, Peter Jackson, the one so many have heralded as a great visionary.  When you watch through these films, make sure you enjoy the immense amounts of plot padding.

[Hat tip to WinExtra]

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  • Jack

    Gotta say you're right, it doesn't sound like good news to me. I'm keeping my expectations nice and low. But I'm also remembering that tight plotting wasn't really one of the virtues of the LotR movies, either. I also think it's really easy to rush a quest movie–most quest movies don't work because you don't have to live with them for more than a couple of hours; there's no convincing sense of long adversity fatigue, which I think is absolutely crucial for a quest movie (and I think the original trilogy got it perfectly). So the idea of stretching the Hobbit over two movies actually didn't sound that bad. But I'm also not going to be surprised if these movies wind up feeling flabby.

    I also fiind myself wondering if instead of two three-hour movies we're going to get three two-hour movies. Same material, 50% more money…