“The Hobbit” Now Spanning Three Films

The Hobbit, Peter Jackson’s latest entry into the Lord Of The Rings universe, will now span over three movies instead of the two we’ve all been expecting.

“We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together,” said Jackson moments ago. “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?”

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“And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.'”

Jackson suggests that the additional movie will allow for more exposition and backstory, including that of Bilbo, Gandalf, the Dwarves, the rise of the Necromancer and the ultimate Battle of Dol Guldur.

The movie set will now feature more of the additional material from The Lord Of The Rings appendices.

“It has been an unexpected journey indeed,” said Jackson, who only relatively recently fell into the role of Director, “and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, “a tale that grew in the telling.””

The first movie opens this December, with the second the following year. The third film is likely to land in the summer of 2014.

It’s likely that this will also result in more videogames based on The Hobbit.

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31 Comments

  1. haha! We’re a bit excited about The Hobbit…
    Actually, The Hobbit would make a brilliant videogame.

    • Define “we’re” – I’d rather gouge my eyes out with rusty spoons that watch any more tiresome hobbits endless trekking across New Zealand,

      There’s a muich more exiting film news – which is game related – in pending, go hit publish :)

    • The Hobbit was a brilliant videogame… On the Speccy

  2. it’s all from Tolkien’s own material though, so it should be in keeping with the series.

    in the book Gandalf just goes off saying he has some mission to do and you never find out what it was.
    there could be a lot of stuff going on with Gandalf.

    the downside though is that means we’ll have to wait longer to see the end, two years instead of one.

  3. When i first saw that the last Harry potter movie was 2 parts i instantly thought oh no, now alot of movies will start doing this becuase of the way the movie industry is losing out. They took it to the next level with the hobbit then. It will still be an aazing movie none the less.

  4. What a delightful cash-grab. A breakdown of the three films: http://www.cinemabums.com/?p=412

  5. Just seems a bit weird to me. The Hobbit is the smallest of the mainstream Middle Earth books yet it’s being staggered over three instalments. That’s not to say I want it to crash and burn, I absolutely adored the LOTR trilogy.

    • It’s not just The Hobbit though- it’s just using The Hobbit name as it’s recognisable- it’s got the appendices and all the other Middle-Earth tales to tackle too.

      • Which is why I find it acceptable, but now I wish LoTR would have been four or five films.

        I actually got The Hobbit, Lord of The Rings and Silmarillion (all in book form) today. Amusing coincidence.

      • To be fair, I think the Lord of the Rings is just perfect as it is.

        The two major bits they cut out were Tom Bombadil and The Scouring of the Shire, neither of which would have fit in very well at all.

        Bombadill has the potential to be Jar-Jar Binks, while I still don’t see the dramatic purpose of the Scouring of the Shire- after defeating Sauron, it’s not exactly much of a task and never feels as such.

  6. you know who’s fault this is don’t you?

    Tarantino, he started this with Kill Bill.

    • No, it was Lucas with Star Wars. First a trilogy, then a prequel trilogy afterward.

      • but they were three self contained stories, you could watch each movie on it’s own and not feel like you’re missing most of the story.

        they’re connected sure, but they’re not just one story split into two or three parts for the sake of it.

  7. This is silly, its going to be filled with stuff thats not related to the book, I bet. Stick to the book and don’t over do it.

    I loved LOTR’s and THe Hobbit is my favourite, but I can’t help but think this is now being over sold to make money from merchandise.

    • It doesn’t have to be, the creators are huge fans of the books so it should be in good hands. making three instead of “just” two may be a slight cash grab, but I’ll hold my tongue until I’ve seen them.

      • I agree with you Kenny. It may be a cash grab, but if it makes more material that is good, I will be very happy.

    • but apparently all the extra material is based on material written by Tolkien himself though, so it’s safe to consider it as a true part of the story.

      and some of it, like what Gandalf goes off to do, really stands out with it’s absence from the original book.

      after the way they handled the special editions of the LOTR films, i have no doubt this is motivated primarily by money.
      but i also have little doubt that the movies will still be bloody good.

  8. I hope it does stick to Tolkiens’ own material & he doesn’t go off on his own journey, to extend movie for the money.

    Interested to see how Evangeline Lillys'(hot) character fits in. Apparently a small role in “An Unexpected Journey”(Dec 14th,) but features more heavily in “There and Back Again”(Dec 13th *2013?)

    *slight discrepancy i know, but what i pev read.
    (sooner rather than later for me:)

    • If they do run out of content, they could always nick some stuff from the Silmarillion to flesh it out.

      • (Silmarillion. I have the book, ashamed to say i’ve not yet read it.
        Is that the book before The Hobbit?)

      • I’m actually in the same boat, I’ve tried on multiple occasions to get into it but couldn’t. All I know is that it jumps around in the timeline and has some stuff from the third age, which is when LOTR and The Hobbit is set.

      • i’d imagine that’s being saved for Jackson to come back some time in the 2020s to film. ^_^
        spread across 17 films, and he’ll probably be filming it in a new holographic format by then. ^_^

        seriously though, there’s loads of stuff in the appendices of the Lord of The Rings that deals with events around the time of Bilbo’s journey.

      • The Silmarillion is basically the complete history of Middle Earth. It is written like the bible (deliberately), I also found it quite difficult to get into, but the stuff about the Valar and the Noldor in the first and second ages is just so epic. Everything in The Lord of the Rings feels almost inconsequential after reading it.

  9. I’ve not read the hobbit*gets booed off TSA* so i can’t tell if it is neccessary or if it’s drawing it out to make more cash but i have faith that Jackson will bring us an excellent trilogy of films. :)

    • I had it read to me when I was a kid & read it in my teens. Problem is I pictured the world & characters, which will naturally differ from the movies. Still super hyped though. (the hobbit is a totally seperate adventure, which isn’t crucial to enjoy lotr, but gives a great insight into a particular lovable character. However once read/seen, you’ll see LOTR in a more educated & enjoyable way.)

  10. can’t wait to see these movies! really loved the LOTR movies and hopefully these ones will be just as good=)

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