‘The Hobbit 3′ Edges Closer to Production

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 The Hobbit 3 Edges Closer to Production

Ever since Peter Jackson signed on to direct a two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, there was question about how the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings filmmaker would split the Hobbit book into two feature-length films. That question was answered with the announcement that Jackson would use Tolkien’s extensive appendices about Middle-earth as his source for additional Hobbit movie material.

Well, apparently that appendix material really was quite extensive: during Comic-Con 2012, Jackson stated that he was thinking of making The Hobbit into a trilogy. Today, we have new information that suggests that  The Hobbit 3 is one step closer to becoming a reality.

THR reports that they have sources close to The Hobbit telling them that Jackson is indeed pushing forward with his intention to turn The Hobbit into a trilogy – a plan that would require the cast and crew to reconvene for additional shooting (which, it is speculated, would take place next summer). The report also states that “Warner Bros., Jackson, producer Fran Walsh and writer-producer Philippa Boyens” began talks after Comic-Con to see if The Hobbit 3 is a feasible endeavor; those talks are said to have accelerated recently, with the studio giving its blessing on the new addition – if a reasonable budget can be worked out.

Said one source: “If we’re going to do it, we have to make a decision soon…It’s strongly driven by the filmmakers’ desire to tell more of the story.”

 The Hobbit 3 Edges Closer to Production

There was already a fair amount of controversy amongst fans in regards to Jackson planning to stretch The Hobbit out into two films – not doubt, there will be renewed controversy when it comes to light that a trilogy is becoming a distinct possibility.

Then again, all of the Hobbit trailer footage and images we’ve seen so far has given fans chills in all the right ways; point being, it seems as though Jackson has managed to bottle his magic lightning twice. While we all have to wait and see if his 48 frames per second filming technique truly delivers an unprecendented digital 3D experience, in terms re-creating the world, characters, and intrigue of Tolkien on the screen, Jackson has seemingly hit the mark once again.

So, if The Hobbit films turn out to be as good (if not better) than Lord of the Rings, who WOULDN’T want that journey to continue? And with The Hobbit 3 it would not just continue – it would continue into unexplored territory. That would definitely be interesting to see.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in U.S. theaters on December 14th, 2012.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again opens a year later on December 13th, 2013.

We’ll keep you updated on the status of The Hobbit 3 as more information comes to light.

Source: THR

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  1. “as his source for additional Hobbit movie material.”

    After re-reading the first paragraph does that sentence mean his going to nmake up his own story?

    • I think he means that he has to shoot parts from the story that were left out during the shooting.

  2. The book of the Hobbit, isn’t long enough to warrant a third part. In fact for myself two films is pushing it since Hobbit is the shortest book in the series!! I think Mr. Jackson is just after more money from us movie goers.

    • Bug off man. Jackson has already demonstrated that his love for the film (and book series) is what motivates him to do this film. He’s actually fighting against the studio (which needs money more than he does) to get it done! The Hobbit is also not in a ‘series,’ it stands by itself. Fans got over it being split in two long, long ago. Besides, there is going to be material from the appendices of ‘Rings’ filmed and incorporated into the story as well. It’s not just one book.

      • Dude – this is an outrageous and clear attempt to squeeze more money out of the movie-going public. How he can get a trilogy out of a 350 page book I will NEVER know. He couldn’t even do LOTR without leaving out important bits but inventing ludicrous new ones. And he’s going to incorporate material from the LOTR appendices? Which parts exactly? And if he does that then it is NO LONGER THE HOBBIT!

  3. I’m all for it…
    Especially if they intend to make it more of a bridge film that leads to TLotR…
    2 films is plenty to tell the story of The Hobbit.

    • Completely agree.
      If they’re just dragging out the events of The Hobbit, then I say no, but a “bridge film”? I’d go see it.

  4. I wish Christopher Molan was as dedicated to Batman as this guy is to Tolkien.

    • He was.

  5. The Hobbit IS a bridge story. Gandalf makes it so. Thusly we don’t need a bridge film. And they are also adding characters into Hobbit that shouldn’t be there because they were NOT in the book.

  6. @Kofi…….Is there any way we can get confirmation on what exactly this movie will be about? I ask because the article title, coupled with the ambiguous article body, would lead me to believe they are going to now make the actual Hobbit story into 3 pieces.

    Or is the title a bit misleading and Jackson is going to make the bridge movie between the Hobbit and LotR? That’s what I believe Rob’s Comic Con panel article was leading towards.

  7. PJ took a lot of liberties with ROTK, so I’d be ok with a 3rd movie taking advantage of the appendx.

  8. People are mistaken here in saying that the Hobbit is part of the Lord of the Rings series. I suppose that since they are part of the same continuity, that you could say that, but the Hobbit book was written before JRRT had any idea that he was going to write the LotR series. Of course he had already come up with Middle Earth and all that, but he himself admitted he kind of made up a lot while writing LotR. Then he had to go back retcon the Hobbit to fit LotR. He retconned before there was a concept as retconning.

  9. http://www.imdb.com/news/ni35299607/

    It’s official! The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released July 18th, 2014!

  10. Oop There and Back Again is the third film and the second has been renamed The Desolation of Smaug

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