The Hobbit will be a Trilogy

Some recent news has come in over the wire concerning the upcoming Tolkien adaptation. After much anticipation and a few snippets released from the studio as teaser trailers, Peter Jackson has announced that the upcoming Hobbit movie will in fact be a trilogy. Hints to that effect were dropped at the recent San Diego Comic Con, and now Peter Jackson has gone ahead and confirmed it.

Previously, he had indicated that two films would be needed to adapt this classic story to the big screen, but now it appears that the big time movie director/producer is going to need one more to make it all happen. Citing plot necessity and fan response, Jackson claimed that much of the added footage has to do with origin stories, background and character development for various characters in the story.

After meditating on the decision to go with a third movie or stick to the original plan for two, Jackson contended that, were they not to add in a third film, much about Bilbo, Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the Necromancer, and the climactic Battle of Dol Guldur would go untold. this corresponds to rumors that Jackson has been adding in a great deal of material to the story, relying on the LOTR appendices and background info which comes from that book.

Personally, I’m not sure what to make of this. Granted, it does kind of sound like an attempt to prolong the project and make more money, and Jackson is no stranger to padding movies with unnecessary flashbacks and cheesy cutaways to scenes with Arwen crying. But if Jackson has proven anything at this point, its just how dedicated he is to Tolkien’s creation and how much he wants to bring it all to life. So frankly, I see no reason to doubt him when he says he wants to tell the story and needs more screen time in order to do it.

In the meantime, check out the trailer of the upcoming movie!

6 thoughts on “The Hobbit will be a Trilogy

  1. How are they going to turn a 200 page book into 3 movies? I could understand two, if they want to be true to the book and do the action scenes justice…but 3? thats a money grab in my opinion.

    1. One word… padding! Of course, the book was sparse in sections and kind of proceeded along at a quick pace. If they just expand everything and throw in as much background info and fleshed-out dialogue as possible, I could see it happen. Not to enthused about what the result would be, but I’m still interested to see what comes of it.

  2. Oh, don’t get me wrong. As a money grab it’ll work on me 🙂 Tolkein liked to give the history of every rock and tree in his stories. So there’s lots for jackson to draw from.

  3. It’ll work for me. An LOTR enthusiast, I still loved what Jackson did for that trilogy. I’m just glad he’s at the helm. If anyone can flesh out Tolkien, he and his team can.

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