The Hobbit to Become Three Films

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Peter Jackson just confirmed on Facebook that "The Hobbit" will now be three films:

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.'

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Crazay1547d ago

Hardly a shocker here. I actually did quite enjoy the Hobbit books so I thin this is rather exciting news but I really didn't like Lord of the Rings. I hope this doesn't feel too much like that series.

darklordzor1547d ago

I can't complain about more fantasy movies from Peter Jackson. Even though I don't think it needs three movies, I have a feeling it'll still be ridiculously awesome.

Crazay1547d ago

Ya I didn't think so either. That means they're either going to REALLY draw out the walking scenes or they're not cutting anything out of the books.

adorie1546d ago (Edited 1546d ago )

I feel the Hobbit was more epic than LoTR, but that's just my opinion.

kingPoS1547d ago

Two's not bad, but three seems a bit much.

Human Analog1546d ago

But he mentioned that they are going into the appendices of Lord of the Rings for more middle earth history. I think it will be awesome. And he never skimps on the details. The extended cuts are perfect.

Let's all just wait this time to get the complete edition when it comes out, and in extended form. I WILL NOT buy it twice again!

_Q_1547d ago

And completely confirmed that I wont be watching any.

_Q_1546d ago

Have you read the Hobbit? Its one movie. Milking is afoot. I don't need the story drawn out over 3 movies just so these clowns can get richer. I'm sure many people would then ask "why does it matter to you?" It doesnt so I wont be seeing them. :) Jackson is also very overrated IMHO but that another can of worms. =D

darklordzor1546d ago

I have read the Hobbit, many times actually and I agree that splitting it up seems like milking it. However, think of all the books turned into movies and all of the stuff that has to be cut in order to fit several hundred pages of story into a two hour film.

Significant cuts happen all the time, and Lord of the Rings in the extended editions with each film well over 3 hours long, they STILL had to cut out a lot of stuff from the books. Maybe with Hobbit, they aren't cutting everything, and giving a far deeper adaptation of a story than we've ever gotten before.

sjaakiejj1546d ago

"The Hobbit", despite its name, does not solely revolve around or use the material from the book. Whilst that's the underlying story it's built around, it uses the appendices of the Lord of the Rings, as well as material from the Silmarillion. In addition, it uses that material to build further stories revolving around Gandalf, and where he went in the long times he was absent during the Hobbit.

The thing that gives me confidence in this decision is that it was Peter Jackson, not the studio, that made this decision.

grahf1546d ago

There is a lot going on behind the scenes of Bilbo's adventure (Gandalf & co taking on Sauron in Dol Guldur), and Tolkien wasn't the best at describing the mass mayhem of the huge battles in the movies, instead focusing on individuals. For example the actual Battle of Helm's Deep was only a few pages long, where Jackson's Two Towers movie revolved around that battle and stretched it out for almost an hour! The Battle of Five Armies is going to be bigger than anything we've seen yet, and that will take up almost the entire last film.

I'm looking forward to it!

aiBreeze1546d ago

I don't know how they're going to do this but I hope it means they're covering the books extensively in as much detail as possible and not just shortening each film to make extra $$

The problem I see with this though is that it might make it a little.. boring. If it's at the same level as LOTRs movies, I doubt that'd be possible but despite being three hours long, none of them ever really dragged on and it moves along at a good pace. Still, I do hope that despite this, we'll see extended editions (on release) for each movie.

samrtk1546d ago

They're covering the Dol Guldur scenario too. That's maybe what stretches it out into three.

cyclindk1546d ago

Like the first three films, I want this series to succeed, but...

Just from catching glimpses of this one, I get the feeling that it just might not be the outrageous success they intend it to be even given the number of fans there are out there.

The dwarfs just don't seem "right" to me looking at them. Gimli and the others looked great in LOTR, but these just seem off somehow. I know it may take more than that to break the film, but it doesn't imbue me with a lot of enthusiasm.

Crosses fingers.

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