It's been a while since I've read The Hobbit (I've been meaning to read it before the movie comes out), but I'm a little bit doubtful that it could fill out an entire trilogy. With that logic, LOTR could have been...so many more movies! I hope it turns out well and doesn't just turn into a gimmick to milk The Hobbit for all of the money it's worth.
The Hobbit becomes a Trilogy
The press release came in today to announce that Peter Jackson or Warner Bros will be squeezing the Hobbit for all it’s worth by making it a trilogy. Yes the latest Hollywood fad has hit the Hobbit.
Jackson stated, “Upon recently viewing a cut of the first film, and a chunk of the second, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and I were very pleased with the way the story was coming together. We recognized that 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, gave rise to a simple question: do we tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as filmmakers and fans was an unreserved ‘yes.’ We know the strength of our cast and of the characters they have brought to life. We know creatively how compelling and engaging the story can be and—lastly, and most importantly—we know how much of the tale of Bilbo Baggins, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur would remain untold if we did not fully realize this complex and wonderful adventure. I’m delighted that New Line, MGM and Warner Bros. are equally enthusiastic about bringing fans this expansive tale across three films.”
The first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will be released on December 14, 2012. The second film will be released on December 13, 2013, and the third in the summer of 2014. All three films will be released in 3D and 2D as well as Imax.
“With the abundance of rich material, we fully endorse the decision to further develop what Peter, Fran and Philippa have already begun. We are confident that, with the great care the filmmakers have taken to faithfully bring this journey to the screen, the film will be welcomed by the legions of fans across the globe,” said Barber and Birnbaum.
Seems like the team feels very strongly that there is at least six hours of story to tell on film. What are your thoughts? Do you think this is a ploy for more money, or do you feel that there would be a large enough world/story for three films?