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Hobbit Trilogy Is Confirmed
Two films will become three.

30 July 2012  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Facebook

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Hobbit Trilogy Is Confirmed

Ladies and gentlemen, it's official: The Hobbit will be three films rather than two. Peter Jackson took to his Facebook page today to announce that the story will be extended across three films as rumoured recently.

Jackson said that, "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.'"

There's no word yet on the subtitle of the third film and how it will fit in with An Unexpected Journey and There And Back Again, nor do we have a new release schedule for the three. Presumably this third film will take the story's finish back to 2014, but that remains to be confirmed.

In any case, this has got to be good news for Hobbit fans. What are you hoping to see in the third film?


What do you want to see now that The Hobbit stretches across three films?
Tom Bombadil! At last, his time has come!
The Scouring of the Shire. Sure it wouldn't fit, but I hate nasty hobbitses.
The Sackville Bagginses! At last, their time has come (to appear at greater length)
Jar-Jar Binks.
But seriously, lots of the epic Middle-Earth action with which Jackson excels.
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So many of you guys don't get it....
And... The uninformed whining commences. Sigh. Ok, here's the deal. Tolkiens history and background to middle earth is immense. It stretches back to the beginning of time. It's epic and a great triumph of imagination. Gandalf, Sauran, Saroman, Galadriel... I could go on. There is so much more to these characters than what we've seen. A lot happens in middle earth around the time of the Hobbit, and that is why 3 films is not a cash grab. Jackson's not that kind of guy. This is not stretching a 'c More

Posted by Mort Grimm at 09:25 on 05 August 2012 | Report This Post

PS... KER-CHING!!!
Dance, my little Hobbit puppets, dance! Stretching a child's book over three movies? Greed. Nothing but greed. Pure and simple. More

Posted by wgfuzzydunlop1 at 03:34 on 04 August 2012 | Report This Post

Fantastic!
That means that Empire will go gaga over THREE films I couldn't give a shit about. More

Posted by wgfuzzydunlop1 at 03:27 on 04 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Give him a chance
AaronGallagher1, I hope you are still reading because you posted the most ridiculous comment. "And to compare Mr Jackson to George Lucas in the what he is doing is ludicrous. Just look at George Lucas' IMDB page and search for the last original idea or project he did." Lucas' last projects where Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Red Tails. Irrelevant of anyones opinions of them, Star Wars and Indiana Jones are his own original ideas and creations and Red Tails is a historical (though More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 13:12 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Response to Ircarey22
Ircarey22, Well played. Nail on the head, on pretty much all of your points. I finished re-reading the hobbit last week in preparation for the movie's release and what struck me more than anything is just how much actually happens. Anyone who thinks a single movie would be the best, most faithful adaptation either has never read the book, hasn't read it since they were a small child, or is just moaning for the sake of moaning. First film will end with the barrels, and still be 2.5 hrs More

Posted by Neilloc at 09:20 on 02 August 2012 | Report This Post

There is no law that forces anybody to buy a ticket or a DVD
There'lll be those who'll love it - I'll be among them -, and hose who won't. I don't understand what's the bid deal. Anybody, who thinks it's a cash grab, it is rather easy to stay away from it. Personally, I'can't have enough of Middle Earth and I trust PJ based on his achievement with LOTR. Go Pete! More

Posted by BrigittaR at 15:06 on 01 August 2012 | Report This Post

ok, a couple of things
1. the hobbit and LOTR are incredibly different books. if the Hobbit had been written in the same fashion as LOTR (i.e. lengthy descriptions and actual character development) then it easily could have been three books. I mean a LOT happens. 2. character development - in the book, pretty much none of the dwarves (save, maybe Thorin) are explored at all as characters, so they're going to need at least 2 movies to have proper, relatable characters ( I mean there are 14 main characters, which is ev More

Posted by lrcarey22 at 07:45 on 01 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: From a practical stand point, its a good idea.
At the end of the day, it is a cash cow and they will continue to pull this crap while there are enough fan boys to go and watch it. They KNOW that they will fill cinema's and they know that they can rinse ridiculous amounts of money out of fans when they release the 7 special editions that will no doubt be out. Just think of how much they will charge for all 6 LOTR and The Hobbit films combined in Extended 3D Blu-Ray and Jimmy and Fred will HAVE to buy it because god forbid they should ow More

Posted by LjStronge at 18:30 on 31 July 2012 | Report This Post

From a practical stand point, its a good idea.
All the sets, costumes, crew, and cast are still there. It would cost a fortune to start again in a few years time. So if PJ thinks that he can tell enough of a story to make a third film, then go for it! We know he will have shot more than two films worth already, and they are obviously using more than just The Hobbit for story, so lets trust them to make a coherant third film. This is not just a cash grab, although that will be a happy side effect for them. This is for the love of the story, More

Posted by Teamwak at 15:27 on 31 July 2012 | Report This Post

There will be time!
My first reaction was that of joy! I mean, with all the thing Tolkien mentions in the book, and don't forget the 125p of the LOTR giving extra material to the Hobbit. It should be quite possible to make the best book adaption of all time with three movies for one book (not any book though!). If they end up making each movie a little over 90 minutes, then we know they've screwed up... I hope they manage to make everyone last more than 120 minutes, the Hobbit is one of my all time favourite book More

Posted by GohandoMax at 15:25 on 31 July 2012 | Report This Post

its all about the money money money
Sickened over this, how are they going to get three decent film that protect the integrity of the franchise, we are not talking about the matrix sequals here who only had to live up to a screenplay , we have wonderful source material in the hobbit, and the film is called the hobbit so lets stick with the hobbit, i was even upset that there were going to be two films. if the hobbit was made first the anticipation for the lord of the rings would be 10 fold to what it is. i am a massive lord of th More

Posted by derek 74 at 14:10 on 31 July 2012 | Report This Post

More is less
I'm sure these films will be great, but it doesn't look like P.J. has anything like the respect for the source material as he did with LOTR. I just can't believe he loves this one in the same way. On the bright side: at some point a real fan of the book will put together an awsome single film fan-edit. More

Posted by mungo mungo at 13:57 on 31 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Give him a chance
L: waltham1979 When these are finally released on DVD I plan to watch The Hobbit films followed by the Lord Of The Rings films (Special Edition natch) in an epic Middle Earth day fueled by beer, red bull, doritos and patience...!! ote] I do the LOTR extended trilogy every Christmas. The Hobbit films, how ever many there are, will make a fine addition I say that now...) More

Posted by Whistler at 13:26 on 31 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Have You Read The Book?
Maybe you need to re-read LOTR Frodos Journey took about 6/7 months not years. More

Posted by EVIL BSTD at 11:08 on 31 July 2012 | Report This Post

Much as I love the books
Looks like Jackson is gonna do a 'George Lucas' with his career...and that's not a good thing...Warners suits are at it again...Would have expected him not to cave in...because if he originally wanted to do 3 films to tell the story then he would have done that from the get-go. This just sounds like a cash grab to me..think of all that 3D revenue for years to come...not to mention the Special Edition DVDs...This.Is.Overkill. More

Posted by ronniem at 09:47 on 31 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Give him a chance
When these are finally released on DVD I plan to watch The Hobbit films followed by the Lord Of The Rings films (Special Edition natch) in an epic Middle Earth day fueled by beer, red bull, doritos and patience...!! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 08:52 on 31 July 2012 | Report This Post

Give him a chance
Call me naive but I am just gonna have faith in Mr Jackson. He did very little wrong with the LOTR and if he wants to do more with The Hobbit I give him more credit than just making more films to make more money. These films are what made him the success he has become and don't believe he wants to do anything that will turn the fans of LOTR (films/books) against the new films. If he is "milking it" as put earlier it is no different to the many many unfinished tales put out by Tolkein (or More

Posted by AaronGallagher1 at 08:22 on 31 July 2012 | Report This Post

I think it's great if he really has enough to make three quality films, but I worry he's trying too hard to make this LOTR. I want to see The Hobbit; Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves on their quest to the Lonely Mountain. That's all. I don't want to see a convoluted plot that strays from the main, exciting quest. As I always say, I do have faith in PJ to do the right thing, but I'm not 100% sold on this yet. Fingers crossed. More

Posted by Whistler at 01:42 on 31 July 2012 | Report This Post

There and Back Again....And Again....And Again,
Deathly Hallows was split into two parts and the first part was a padded waste of time-unless you were a Warner Bros. bean counter! LOTR's totals 3 books 1200+ pages of small fine type and three films were sensibly made. The Hobbit is more kiddy fair, a large type 400 pager or if on the same press as LOTR's- around 250 pages! 3 films?! I understand that Jackson does flesh out reference material and literature summarised in LOTR's but this seems excessive. It also has the studio rubbing its gree More

Posted by nortonglr at 23:18 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

More Gollum, more necromancer, more Bilbo, more battles and a giant gorilla in there some where fighting Ollyphants with two Elf archers strapped to his shoulders... More

Posted by Fallen Giant at 22:39 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Have You Read The Book?
L: Drone To hell with the lot of you; I couldn't be more excited. The more Middle Earth I can cram into my life on the big screen, the better as far as I'm concerned. ell Yeah. I would take 6 films if Jackson was up for it. All 6 hours long each, and I would imagine most of us have read the book. More

Posted by Lucky Day at 22:11 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Have You Read The Book?
To hell with the lot of you; I couldn't be more excited. The more Middle Earth I can cram into my life on the big screen, the better as far as I'm concerned. More

Posted by Drone at 21:55 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

Have You Read The Book?
Wondered how many commenting have read it. It really is one FANTASTIC film or two Good ones. But three? The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings are basically journey films where the characters walk everywhere. LOTR is set over years not the few months it appears to encompass. So expect lots of walking around. There are some good sequences - the bit where the dwarves get caught by spiders in the wood (didn't JK Rowling 'borrow' that?) and many others. But making three films is a bloody joke. More

Posted by andrewgc at 21:36 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

Something to Look forward to in Xmas 2020
Come 2020 clear your Christmas stockings for the 12 disc extended mega cut 3D Green rays (or whatever the technology is by then) of the Halfling Sextology. Will Jackson finally overtake Lucas as the person who can squeeze the most money out of the same old crap from his fans? More

Posted by haranjen at 21:35 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

Integrity
The press statement should just have read "£££££££". More

Posted by Marly93 at 21:20 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

This is a good thing!
I was worried before that Smaug would be a bit of an anticlimax coming in the middle of film 2, and then the big battle at the end taking the impact off it. Now I think it will fit in a lot better, Smaugs attack at the end of film 2 and the build up and battle of 5 armies in film 3. More middle earth can only be a good thing! More

Posted by adamsmith65 at 21:12 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

This is a good thing!
I was worried before that Smaug would be a bit of an anticlimax coming in the middle of film 2, and then the big battle at the end taking the impact off it. Now I think it will fit in a lot better, Smaugs attack at the end of film 2 and the build up and battle of 5 armies in film 3. More middle earth can only be a good thing! More

Posted by adamsmith65 at 21:10 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

Uh-oh
This... this is worrying. Does this mean principle photography is over, or are they gonna sretch what they've already done across an extra film? Did it just so happen that the had about six hours of helicopter fly-by footage to pad every thing out with? Maybe the third film isn't so much "The Hobbit", but the period between the battle of five armies and the start of the start of "Felloship"? Either way, I'm somewhat apprehensive. More

Posted by Cynric at 20:44 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

WANKERS! Does this news mean bbc's Sherlock wont be back till even later??? More

Posted by SiD300 at 20:24 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

Bugger. Was afraid this might happen. I don't want to have to wait 3 years to get the whole story! It was bad enough I had to wait 2. Not happy. Love Peter Jackson, but not happy. More

Posted by CaleGiles at 20:06 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

Give Us Your Money....
I totally agree with lazythinking The Hobbit book has enough material for one great film, I was concerned when i heard they were padding it out to two movies, now three!!! Obviously Jackson doesn't care about the source material and just wants to make money! We can also look forward to the extended Blu Ray discs. More

Posted by andyw316 at 18:53 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

Ridiculous
The Hobbit should be 1 action packed great film, 2 films is padding it out just to make more money, 3 films is ridiculous. More

Posted by lazythinking at 18:41 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

Ridiculous
The Hobbit should be 1 action packed great film, 2 films is padding it out just to make more money, 3 films is ridiculous. More

Posted by lazythinking at 18:31 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: not my thing
Seems like the only reason to push to 3 films is money. I don't understand the need to make this a trilogy, I am not actually that excited to see "The Hobbit" let alone 2 sequels. I may be biased (as I am not a MASSIVE fan of LOTR) but I can't look past the money side. Is Peter Jackson going to direct all of them? Can someone who is a tolken fan explain to me how this is going to be stretched out to 3? Is there really enough material? More

Posted by LjStronge at 18:10 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

Money Money
Money, Money, Money. Must be funny, In a rich man's world. More

Posted by sanchia at 18:09 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

not my thing
Honestly, I'm not surprised. The big issue is the material. The Hobbit is a fabulous book, well paced and with decent character definition for the major players. It's just the right length to make one great film. The reason Tolkien relegated the extra bits with the Necromancer to appendices within the LOTR was because they didn't fit anywhere else, or it was lore he developed to flesh out other stories he had. Spanning the Hobbit over 2 or 3 films is purely a way to cash in. It's som More

Posted by kitf at 17:46 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Overkill
Peter Jackson's last 3 film have been overlong wannabe epics with shite effects and shite endings. Why would his next three be any good? More

Posted by Jasper_29 at 17:43 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

Overkill
I really like P.J's movies,but like I said previously,Jackson could use a bit of restraint.He is a bit too susceptible to new input from the entire Cast and Crew that make some of his latest movies a bit uncohesive and unfocused,giving the impression that the film was made by a lot of directors and bandaged in editing.I know that film is a group process but usually the final product looks singular but with P.J it looks like too many views,disconnected,little cohesion.He needs to be more methodi More

Posted by rams at 17:33 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

Really not required...
Smells like a cash grab. A breakdown of the three proposed films: http://www.cinemabums.com/?p=412 More

Posted by ronnieconnelly at 17:24 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

bad idea
i would prefer two great films, than 3 average ones! More

Posted by eamonn_finn at 17:24 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

If ROTK is anything to go by, this 3rd film could just be loads of endings to the 2nd film. I guess the question is are they shooting new material, or are they just editing what they're already filming into three films? If they're not adding new stuff my concern is that there'll be a films worth of scenes that would normally be on the editing room floor. More

Posted by gusbuster at 17:14 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post


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