Peter Jackson Will Shoot More Footage for THE HOBBIT and Might Turn It Into Three Movies

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Peter Jackson went on record at Comic-Con that he wants to shoot more footage for The Hobbit.  According to our partners at Omelete, Jackson said this could turn into two things:

  • 1) There could be an extended version.
  • 2) Jackson may add a third chapter to The Hobbit.

Currently The Hobbit is split into two parts: An Unexpected Journey opens on December 14, 2012; There and Back Again follows on December 13, 2013.  It would be a big (but welcome) surprise if we are now in store for three Hobbit movies over the next three Decembers.  We will definitely keep you posted as the story develops.  With that in mind, The Hobbit will close out Warner Bros’ panel at Comic-Con, which just started—so check back very soon for our recap of that.  Hit the jump for the trailer and official synopsis for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever… Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

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  • Brett

    Holy hell. I can not be teased like this. That suggestion has so many implications. Can he honestly turn 2 movies into 3 after finishing filming? Jackson talked about how when their Lotr adaptation switched from 2 films to 3, they had to completely rewrite the script.

  • Marissa

    While that is exciting (probably would be moreso if I’ve already seen the movie in all its awesomeness and hunger for more), but I’m just glad he said it would be next year if they were to shoot more footage. I’m looking forward to him getting the ‘Tintin’ sequel going. :)

  • Tim

    Best news I’ve heard in a while! That would be amazing.

  • [A]

    Jeez talk about blatant money-grabbing!

  • matt

    I really hope not, i would much prefer a better constructed two movies rather than 3 stretched out ones.

  • Josh

    He might as will just devote himself to being a full-time Middle-Earth documentarian. Not something I would complain about at all.

  • IllusionOfLife

    I understand what they wanted to do by expanding The Hobbit into two films by adding in information regarding the other characters that come into play in the main trilogy, but I simply don’t think there is enough material to make three films out of The Hobbit without feeling self indulgent.

    Let’s stick to two movies and then have Jackson move onto other projects. His work on LotR was fantastic and I am really looking forward to The Hobbit, but I don’t want to see him fall into the same trap that consumed Lucas.

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  • The Force

    Amazing news! After reading the Hobbit, I thought having that whole book crammed into one film is not gonna work, especially as film 2 is supposed to be an original story of some kind to bridge it with LOTR.

    So, 3 films to fit in the hobbit book would be much better, that way the 3rd film Jackson can have more room to play, more adventures, more gap filling, more battles etc.. maybe even re film a few new scenes that never made it into Lotr, ie Tom Bombadil, and Radagast, and replace Ian Holmes Bilbo with freeman in that flashback scene where he finds the ring, for continuity’s sake.

    I’ve never read Silmarillion, but i’m sure theres enough stuff in there to put into a 3rd film.

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  • Michael

    hey, The Force, the 2nd film is just the second half of the Hobbit. There is not an “original story” forming a bridge to LOTR at all. The things that were added to both films were things that took place during the time line of the hobbit, but were not seen. (gandalf disappears a lot, and you don’t know where he is). That is the cause for the two movies.

    A third one is just bonkers. There is no reason with the epic running times these movies will have, that this story can’t be told in 2 films. It’s not that complicated.

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  • Hat

    Sounds like he is covering his ass. They better not have that dick Fran change all the plot to love story and change characters ect. The cocked up stuff in LOTR and now they are saying ‘oh we cant fit this in’ Just make the damn HOBBIT film.

  • darkestmoon

    I would enjoy two movies filled with an epic story rather than three if the new trilogy would leave a bad taste in my mouth. I would be heartbroken if my favorite childhood story was not up to the standard I am used too. I travel most of the time on business for Dish; this gives me time to prepare my mind for the upcoming cinema phenomena. I started going to Dish Online when my travel got more frequent, making it easier to get entertainment. Middle Earth keeps drawing me back repeatedly, but above all the fantasy world makes my trips more fun.

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