Big New Hobbit Update Straight from Guillermo del Toro!
In the upcoming 20th anniversary issue of Empire, the Brits have another big announcement to make, this time from Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson about the very highly anticipated The Hobbit. "We've decided to have The Hobbit span the two movies, including the White Council and the comings and goings of Gandalf to Dol Guldur," del Toro reveals. It was originally announced in late 2006 that The Hobbit would become two movies, however the story contained within the book would be adapted solely into the first movie itself, and a "bridge" story to span the LOTR gap would be written specifically for the second movie.
It was an idea that a lot of hardcore J.R.R. Tolkien fans were not very fond of, but of course, that was an early decision and del Toro and Jackson seem to have changed their minds. "We decided it would be a mistake to try to cram everything into one movie," Jackson said. "The essential brief was to do The Hobbit, and it allows us to make The Hobbit in a little more style, if you like, of the [LOTR] trilogy." Does this mean we might even see a trilogy, with that extra bridge movie still thrown in for good measure (and triple the earnings)? I highly doubt it, but if you're a big LOTR fan and still want to be hopeful, then go right ahead.
This is great news for those who were upset at their original plan, and even better news for those of who just want to see The Hobbit adapted as perfectly as possible. Although, this means we probably won't see the return of Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn or other characters that were rumored to potentially appear in that bridge, since it would introduce a few of our Lord of the Rings friends. Oh well, it's all for the better, right?