The Hobbit Being Split Into 2 Movies
by Alex Billington
September 23, 2006
Entertainment Weekly published a brief article discussing The Hobbit and Peter Jackson's future projects. One of questions answered was about the idea that Jackson will split The Hobbit up into 2 movies instead of just one.
But make no mistake: In the wake of MGM's unilateral announcement, Jackson has indeed started thinking about what he might do with The Hobbit. He's especially intrigued by the idea of making two films and inventing new material to fill in gaps in the story, since the plot - about how Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm in the LOTR films) befriends Gandalf (Ian McKellen), falls afoul of the miserable creature Gollum, and comes into possession of that pesky ring-is fairly simplistic compared with LOTR.
What's your take on this? Are there any die-hard Hobbit fans out there that would be killed by Jackson adding more? Personally, I have quite a bit of faith in Jackson (from the Lord of the Rings movies) and believe he'd do an exquisite job of filling it with quality material.