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Jackson Confirms Hobbit Trilogy

Peter Jackson officially announced this morning that his planned two-movie adaptation of The Hobbit will be expanded into a trilogy, quoting J.R.R. Tolkien in saying it’s “a tale that grew in the telling.” The final film is expected to be released in summer 2014.

The director ignited the rumors himself at Comic-Con International when he told fans he’d like to shoot more scenes. That was followed by news reports that Jackson and Warner Bros. were exploring the possibility, and the financing, of a third movie. This morning the  filmmaker took to his Facebook page, the hub for virtually all Hobbit announcements, to confirm the trilogy:

It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie – and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, 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? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.’

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.”

Jackson completed principal photography on the first two films earlier this month, marking the occasion with a new video diary. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens on Dec. 14, 2012, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again on Dec. 13, 2013.

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Comments

  • BW

    The length of the book does not warrant three movies. I already thought that they were pushing it with two.

  • Mars

    More of Middle Earth can’t be wrong. I like that he’s not just using The Hobbit, he’s using tales that will never be on film to create subplots.

  • Gildren

    Oh c’mon!  They spent 1 movie per book of “The Lord of the Rings” and those books are much more detailed than “The Hobbit” ever was.  This sounds like a big line to pull in extra cash.  Two movies was a stretch, but three?  I’m really disappointed with this.

  • Kyle

    this is great news.

    ….then lets gets a cool trilogy for The Silmarillion and the universe will spin that much more smoother.

    come on Jackson, you know you want to.

  • Anthony

    Supposedly the titles “The Desolation of Smaug” and “Riddles in the Dark” have been registered. If true, I suspect “There and Back Again” will be come the third film’s title.

  • Oscar Sanchez Santana

    didn’t we all learned that greed is evil in the last trilogy?

  • Dcable

    Don’t forget what resulted from Jackson doubling the length of King Kong.  That movie was a disaster.  I see an equally unsuccessful result from making The Hobbit the same length as the Lord of the Rings.  The material doesn’t warrant it.  Winning an academy award must have gone to his head.  Someone should make him sit down and watch Meet the Feebles or Dead Alive to remind him who he is (and how to make a good movie in under three hours.)  

  • Demoncat4

     in other words Peter has become a middle earth version of george lucas for Toilkeins work has become his own star wars nice. as for the Silmarillion . Peter ruled that out at comic con said the estate holds the rights and hates his films. no go for that

  • Flash2b

    Sure The Hobbit was a much shorter book, but think about how many details and subplots were left out of the LoTR movie trilogy.  If having more than one movie will allow the entire story to be told, I’m all for it.  

  • utukkuxul

    “Don’t forget what resulted from Jackson doubling the length of King Kong.  That movie was a disaster.”

    Yeah, a blockbuster, critically-acclaimed disaster. Right.

  • Andrew Brown

    I’d rather have three two-hour movies than two three-hour movies. Of course, they could always wind up being three three-hour snoozefests

  • http://twitter.com/hysanadu hysanadu

    Pass.  Waiting for DVD.

  • CogInTheWheel

    How about waiting for the movies to release before jumping the gun with “but the hobbit is one book!”. These things called movies have an interesting way of taking longer to tell a story and quite frankly no one knows if parts of the Silmarillion or The Children of Hurin will be in the trilogy. There’s still a ton of story he could re-visit from the LOTR trilogy as well.

    Anyway, I’m down for another great Peter Jackson trilogy.

  • Cjorg2

    It astounds me that, when based on the quality of the previous three films, anyone would have any negative feelings towards Jackson making three films and not two.  As you’ve stated, there’s a lot more Middle Earth to include to make this into an even more amazing spectacle.  And as Jackson himself stated – this it it, the last chance to adapt it to the screen, so why not?  Would these negative nannies prefer to just go and see all the Tolkien rip-offs like Snow White and the Huntsman and Game of Thrones (quality production but it was made because of Lord of the Rings) instead? This is the real deal!!

    It wasn’t so long ago that many of us were lamenting the fact that we had no idea what we’d do after having the absolute pleasure of seeing the last trilogy on boxing day over a three year period.  It was an event of absolute pleasure.  Now we have that chance again for another 3 years. 

    This isn’t a sceptical grab for cash deal from Jackson.  This is about a guy who absolutely loves Tolkien and wants to share that love with the audience.  We should be thanking him, not condeming him.

    get your heads out of your arses.

  • Mato-LG

    Man, I just hope The Adventures of Tom Bombadil Hexalogy is next!

  • Bcootss

    It’d be sweet if he made “The Silmarillion” The BEST middle-earth book!

  • el_caifan

    Im hoping some material from the silmarillion gets into the trilogy! Love the fact that its now a trilogy, great news!

  • Jeeves

    I don’t mind that the story has grown into a trilogy, but I simply don’t trust Peter Jackson with the material.  The increasingly numerous deviations from the text of LOTR as the first trilogy went on just left me more and more dispirited.  And I’m not talking about Arwen’s expanded role (which was not a problem until PJ made the ridiculous decision to bind her fate to the fate of the Ring) or the excision of Bombadil, but fundamental changes in character.  From Aragorn to Faramir to Denethor to Samwise (who would never have abandoned Frodo — even for a second — to be led by Gollum into the land of Mordor) to . . . hell, it’s probably not even worth getting into.

    Needless to say, I found many of PJ’s choices to be both confusing and stupid in and of themselves, and was fearful enough of what he would do to the story of The Hobbit over a two-movie span.  But when given the canvas of a three-movie span, my heart just sinks at the plethora of opportunities PJ’ll have to interject his own voice and vision over that of Professor Tolkien’s.

  • MegaGearMax

    People are really against more Middle-Earth films with the same cast and crew? Wow.

  • Mintcitycomics1993

    Keep in mind that they filmed portions of the story that were merely mentioned as conversation/dialogue in the novel as well as large amounts of the appendices from LOTR.  So what will be presented is much more than just one novel and probably be more intensive and detailed than the original trilogy.  Sounds good to me!

  • Mak

    The moment you said “Negative Nannies” you became my new best friend.

    With that being said. I agree. If anyone here had the opportunity to create a wonderful work of art into a film and you want and you get so caught up in the work that you realize that you have the opportunity to expand in the story telling, with altering it, why wouldn’t you. Unfortunately I never read The Lord Of The Rings and regret not doing so prior to seeing the films, but the Hobbit was the first fantasy book I ever read and I personally think that there are some scene that can be expanded and still be a gret story. I say go for it.