In this instance an official Peter Jackson
penned statement released by Warner Bros
is the horse’s mouth. And this is straight from it..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."
While The Lord of the Rings
was a sweeping literary epic, it’s difficult to tell if a <300 page="" _childrene28099_s="" novel="" warrants="" a="" trilogy="" of="" without="" doubt="" extremely="" long="" films.="" perhaps="" _theye28099_ll="" call="" upon="" the="">300>The Silmarillion
and other Tolkien
indices to flex out the features...?
Regardless, cast and crew are back on board for a further film and fans of Peter Jackon’s
Rings trilogy (of which there are untold millions) may now rejoice! More!!!
Whether or not the films will keep their original titles The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
is due in cinemas worldwide on December 14, 2012, while The Hobbit: There and Back Again
arrives December 13, 2013.
An educated guess puts this mysterious third instalment around the December 2014 mark.