Peter Jackson Working Out Logistics for THE HOBBIT Trilogy with Producer Fran Walsh, Screenwriter Philippa Boyens and Warner Bros. Studios

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Peter Jackson has decided to return to Middle Earth for not two, but three, The Hobbit moviesWhy settle for just The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again when you can have a whole prequel trilogy as a companion to The Lord of the Rings?  That seems to be Jackson’s thought process as he and production partner Fran Walsh are currently sorting out the logistics of a third film along with screenwriter and producer, Philippa Boyens (The Lord of the Rings trilogy). Jackson had previously teased the idea at Comic-Con, but now the director is reportedly in serious discussions with Warner Bros. to get them on board for the trilogy.  Hit the jump for more details.

Heat Vision is gollum-the-hobbit-comic-conreporting that Jackson conclusively wants to turn The Hobbit into a trilogy.  Warner Bros. currently has no comment on the discussions taking place, but their sources say the studio is on board as long as certain financial obligations work out, such as securing particular rights to the property and extending contracts with the various talent.  Logistically, a decision will have to be made soon owing to the contractual wrangling that must take place, as well as working out the necessaries for additional shoots expected to occur in New Zealand next summer.  The source also claims that the decision to turn The Hobbit into a trilogy comes from Jackson’s desire to expand the story and from his eagerness to use the impressive and expansive cast to get more of Tolkien’s beloved work on film.

the-hobbit-trilogyWhen it was first announced that The Hobbit would be released in two parts (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on December 14th of this year with The Hobbit: There and Back Again on December 13th, 2013), many fans were understandably confused, as Tolkien’s introductory tome is rather brief, compared to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  However, it looks like Jackson is interested in telling Tolkien’s tales from the appendices as well, bringing in characters that don’t necessarily appear in The Hobbit.  Here’s what Jackson had to say about it in a previous interview (via Deadline):

…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…

So, crazy people, would you be excited for a potential The Hobbit trilogy that bridges the gap between it and The Lord of the Rings trilogy?  Or do you think the franchise might suffer the Star Wars syndrome? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for developing news.

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  • Strong Enough

    As long as I get to see Darth Maul in it. i’m happy

  • Ethan

    This has potential to be cool, but also to be a huge mistake. Lots of potential to overdo it and ruin the whole thing.

  • Curbcooler

    I hope this doesn’t mean that the first two parts will be boring and talky as hell till we finally get to Smaug the dragon.

    • Ethan

      Smaug wouldn’t have been the climax anyway. The battle at the end would.

      • Dildo Daggins

        Yes, and I hope the battle is much grander in scale than the rush job in the book. In the book it surprised me that there was a battle at all, but it was very brief on the pages. The Dragon fight, well I think that was all on 2 pages. What a long build up to a quick demise. Again, the film needs much more Dragon action. These 2 elements from the book alone should take up a good chunk of run time if done properly. In the book they spent more time making Dwarves and spiders sing!
        Also, I was disappointed that Gandalf was only in it near the beginning and end, so I welcome more Wizard time.

        I think 3 films will be just fine. More movie for your money, whats to complain about? If peoples attention spans are affected, wait for blu-ray and hit pause. I swear some people on these movie boards dont even like movies.

      • Ethan

        Yes. It was rushed in the book. But do you honestly think Jackson ever even considered not using The Battle of Five Armies as a huge action sequence in this movie?

      • Dildo Daggins

        Yes, thats my kinda point. It will (hopefully) be a huge action scene, which should justify the 3 movies. And hopefully other rushed parts. I always thought the Hobbit book was too long to make one movie. Theres a lot that happens, couple that with marching and yapping. Personally, I thing Smaug should appear at the end of film 2, then the Battle in film 3 (along with some other stuff)

    • John

      +1

      I will say that while I liked the LOTR films, but I thought they dragged a bit in places. I don’t mind a movie being long, but it has to be justified and the film needs to move at a reasonable pace. Given that the LOTR was three books, I’d say that three films was clearly the right choice.

      But I fear that with The Hobbit, three films is just far too many. As someone who wants the films to stand alone, I would much rather see a tighter, more condensed version of the story. If Jackson does every single scene from the book plus adds stuff from Tolkiens notes, this could be a real slow and boring set of films.

      • Oliver

        But The Hobbit book is set piece after set piece, it barely breathes. I think the Battle of Lake Town would likely end the second movie

  • Justin

    I’m still not sure how a movie based on a book shorter than any of the books in the lords of ring trilogy could be made into a two parter nevermind a three. I can’t help but think this is just a bunch of people trying to milk a cow dry, which would be a shame since Peter Jackson is spearheading this whole thing and he his old work was absolutely fabulous.

    • somebody

      Yeah, but the thing about The Hobbit is that loads of different things happen one right after another, making it more compact. In a movie, that might not work. It would be way too rushed and possibly disappointing. Spreading it out over two movies is a good thing, giving plenty of time to cover all the little details, such as getting captured by goblins in the Misty Mountains and their journey through Mirkwood. I don’t know about three films, though. It’s either going to be disastrous or fantastic. I hope for the latter.

  • Marc

    I think it´s valid, as there´s a TON of material in the books and appendices (heck, the appendices after the ending of Return of the King themselves could generate another trilogy), and Jackson knows the material, so kudos for him and Warner for having the guts to do it. But I´d prefer if Jackson did The Silmarillion and the other stories from the Old Eons of Middle-Earth. Anyway, if it has Treebeard, I´m in!

    • John

      Marc,

      Does it really “guts” do do this? I’d imagine that like LOTR, any Hobbit film will be a cash cow. The studio benefits from this move. If Jackson said he had enough content for 5 films, WB would probably say “Go for it!” (especially now that Harry Potter and Batman are over).

      • JEWBERG

        stfu JOHN.

  • wacko3205

    Absolutely.

    Plumb the trees bare.

    There is soooooooooooo much material in Tolkien’s universe to develop & pull from that it’d be a shame not to pull it out. So many characters were passed upon in the original LOTR trilogy that I wanted to scream.

    Two Words: Barrow Wights
    Two more: Tom Bombadil

    & I just aint gonna keep running this into the ground.

    Please please please dig deeper.

    • Beebeedeedop

      Yesss Tom Bombadil!!! The most under-rated character in fiction – ever. I mean, he’s virtually a sort of Buddhist Uber-God with infinite power, and everyone just sorta walks past him…

  • John

    Marc,

    Does it really \"guts\" do do this? I\’d imagine that like LOTR, any Hobbit film will be a cash cow. The studio benefits from this move. If Jackson said he had enough content for 5 films, WB would probably say \"Go for it!\" (especially now that Harry Potter and Batman are over).

    • dogg

      Oh Nooooos! Somebody’s making evil MONEY! Can’t have all those artists and actors getting PAID and BUYING stuff. Better sit this one out, Mark.

  • Person

    Stretching a thin premise even thinner. The Hobbit is a fairly simple story, and the appendices were where Tolkien put all the stuff that wasn’t very narratively compelling in the first place. I love Jackson and LOTR, but like the second commenter said, this could either be a really good decision or a horribly misguided one…

  • justin

    I think this would be a great Idea. Hope Warner Bros. lets Peter do his thing.

  • ozzie

    The Hobbit: The Search For More Money

  • tarek

    We cannot have enough cowbells. this will be an opportunity to give us a glimpse into the first and the second age, especially the story of the alliance of Morgoth and Sauron, and how Sauron deceived the Elves.

  • Rian

    I’m not too keen on the three movie idea. All we can do is hope they don’t stretch the plot too thin to get more screen time.

  • Titus

    If a third movie acts as a bridge between “The Hobbit” and “LOTR” and includes the familiar characters like Frodo, Aragorn, Boromir, etc. then I will be very excited. What we’re getting now with the two films and some of the returning actors seems like a small taste of home, but if they do an actual bridge between the two books, it’ll feel like coming home the way it sort of did at the end of “Revenge of the Sith.”

  • Twojawas

    I don’t think a misstep as monumental at the Star Wars prequels will ever be repeated in our lifetimes. These will be good but probably unable to meet expectations which is to be expected.

    To me, the Star Wars prequels don’t really exist. Neither do The Matrix sequels. Or The Crystal Skull. I’m getting quite good at erasing bad sequels and prequels from my memory and, if needed, I’ll do it with these as well.

  • Twojawas

    I don\’t think a misstep as monumental at the Star Wars prequels will ever be repeated in our lifetimes. These will be good but probably unable to meet expectations which is to be expected.

    To me, the Star Wars prequels don\’t really exist. Neither do The Matrix sequels. Or The Crystal Skull. I\’m getting quite good at erasing bad sequels and prequels from my memory and, if needed, I\’ll do it with these as well.

  • Billy

    I haven’t read the book but i just don’t like that idea..There is a danger that they ruin it..Stretch it more than necessary just to make more money..The LOTR trilogy consisted of three movies that were based on three books, not one..I hope Jackson knows what he is doing

  • orbital

    Bring it on. In Peter & team I trust.

  • Lexavi80

    I love LOTR, and I love the Hobbit. I wasn’t sure about The Hobbit to be released in two parts, but I learned to accepted.

    I’m not sure how I feel about a possible trilogy. If done so, I guess Pete jackson will include, not only The Hobbit but, also LOTR appendices, and maybe some stuff from The Silmarilion.

    Cool stuff, but I’m not sure if that’s necessarily a good idea.

    Anyway, I trust Jackson.

  • Lexavi80

    I love LOTR, and I love the Hobbit. I wasn\’t sure about The Hobbit to be released in two parts, but I learned to accepted.

    I\’m not sure how I feel about a possible trilogy. If done so, I guess Pete jackson will include, not only The Hobbit but, also LOTR appendices, and maybe some stuff from The Silmarilion.

    Cool stuff, but I\’m not sure if that\’s necessarily a good idea.

    Anyway, I trust Jackson.

  • Paulo

    Don’t do it PJ!!

    Instead start working on softening the Tolkien’s grip on Children of Hurin, so you can make it immortal on film as the Romeo and Juliette of Middle Earth

  • BrandonHeat07

    Wait… a TRILOGY?! C’mon, it should have NEVER even been two movies. Milkers…

  • Armando

    Two parts should be more than enough, as I’m sure they’ll be around the three hour mark each.

    I wish the Silmarilian would get made, that book is better than lotr and the hobbit.

  • Armando

    Two parts should be more than enough, as I\’m sure they\’ll be around the three hour mark each.

    I wish the Silmarilian would get made, that book is better than lotr and the hobbit.

  • aaronsullivan

    LOTR cut stuff out with around 11 hours of film.

    The Hobbit being a shorter book simply means that it lends itself better to film, IMO.

    I’m also VERY curious what the BRIDGE movie would be composed of. I was half sad to see it go, but relieved The Hobbit would get two movies, NOW we can have our cake and eat it too?

    I say let him go for it.

    • Nico

      I agree. Watching this stuff over and over in the comfort of my house is great. Bathroom breaks and pig-outs allow for endless Tolkien/Jackson story, in my book. He hasn’t steered me wrong yet. More the better, in this case.

  • Tim

    Maybe they could include The “Scouring Of The Shire”.

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  • Alexia

    Peter Jackson is a genius; his LOTR trilogy was spectacular and I wouldn’t expect anything less. I actually got caught stuck on a business trip for Dish when “Return of the King” released to theaters; no need to say, I was bummed. I think those that believe the third film is an act of monetary gain, or that there is not enough story to tell, should just stop stressing out. What I think would be cool would is if he bridges right into “Fellowship of the Ring” with the last in the Hobbit trilogy. Either way I will continue to travel streaming my movies from Dish Online to my laptop. One thing is for sure, I’m not missing any part of the trilogy this time.

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