There have been rumours swirling lately about the possibility of a third Hobbit film, with Peter Jackson being remarkably forthcoming at Comic Con about the situation, but stressing that nothing had been confirmed. Well, scratch that! Today Peter Jackson confirms what we’ve all been hoping for: there will indeed be a third Hobbit film. Read his statement below:
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.”
Given the fondness that Jackson has for extended editions, it makes sense that they would shoot a whole bunch of material that would not have normally made it into the theatrical cut. Perhaps, though, given the ridiculous success of the extended editions of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Newline has decided that it would be a better idea to leave the material in and stretch the series out over an additional film. In any case, if there’s one director who can handle it, isn’t it Peter Jackson?
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