Peter Jackson wants ‘The Hobbit’ to become a trilogy, and talks have begun
‘The Hobbit’, set to release in December, could be split into not two but three parts.
Looks like ‘Lords of the Rings’ might become a double trilogy, because Peter Jackson wants exactly that. ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ is set for a December release and looks all sorts of promising, with the second part of the story releasing next December. But Jackson has a lot of material for the film that he doesn’t think could fit into two films, and is now talking with the studio to extend the series into a trilogy.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that talks have “accelerated” between the director, the studio and the producers of the film and it’s just a matter of figuring out the finances of doing so:
“If we’re going to do it, we have to make a decision soon. It’s strongly driven by the filmmakers’ desire to tell more of the story.”
But do you think ‘The Hobbit’ is a book that warrants three movies? Probably not, but Jackson earlier gave his excuse for why three movies may be needed and it makes full sense:
“…we haven’t just adapted The Hobbit; we’ve adapted that book plus great chunks of his appendices and woven it all together. The movie explains where Gandalf goes; the book never does. We’ve explained it using Tolkien’s own notes. That helped inform the tone of the movie, because it allowed us to pull in material he wrote in The Lord of the Rings era and incorporate it with The Hobbit. So we kept the charm and the whimsy of the fairy tale quality through the characters. Through the dwarves and Bilbo, who is more of a humorous character. He doesn’t try to be funny but we find him funny and find his predicament more amusing than that of Frodo in The Lord of the Rings. That was more serious. So the whimsy is there, but tonally I wanted to make it as similar to The Lord of the Rings, because I wanted it to be possible for the people, the crazy people in the world who want to watch these films back to back one day…”
If this is true, then be it. And I doubt the studio will have a problem considering how much more money they can make off this.