Hobbit Rumors: Radcliffe Says No Way, Three Movies in 3D?
We'll probably be hearing a lot of rumors about The Hobbit for the next few years, but we'll be here to try and decipher the truth from the bullsh*t. The first bit of news is not actually a rumor, but a confirmation from Daniel Radcliffe himself (via Hero Complex) that he won't be in The Hobbit. "I'd have to say, 'Thanks but no thanks,' not that anyone has asked me," he says. "Whatever I do next, I don't think there will be any wizards in it!" Now the rumor side of this is with Radcliffe out, that still leaves James McAvoy and David Tennant still in the running to play Bilbo, at least according to this LA Times article from July, right?
Another juicy rumor that popped up today comes from MarketSaw, a blog run by longtime 3D supporter Jim Dorey. He says that a "trusted source" has told him that there will actually be three total movies based around J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, not just two (as has been reported all along). Guillermo del Toro will direct the first two, which will cover the book itself, and Peter Jackson will direct the third one, which will be another bridge movie, as was originally planned before they decided that the book itself couldn't fit into one movie. And throw this out there, too - he also says that all three of them will be shot in stereoscopic 3D.
Whenever Guillermo has talked about The Hobbit and the decision to split the book into two movies, he has never mentioned that the bridge movie was actually scrapped (correct me if I'm wrong?). The conversation always focuses on just those two movies. And I'm sure the moment that decision was made, the New Line execs jumped at the possibility of making another trilogy (another $1 billion, anyone?). But it's a very shaky rumor, considering this kind of announcement would probably be made officially, and wouldn't just leak out on the web. Plus, Jackson does love 3D, and with Avatar opening up all kinds of possibilities, who knows?
MarketSaw also has an interesting write-up on what we can expect regarding the dragon Smaug. Their source is saying that the dragon will probably be darker than he was in the books, which probably makes some sense (just think of anything in Lord of the Rings). I'm very curious to see if all of this turns out to be true, because it all seems possible, but isn't confirmed by New Line or anyone else. Stay tuned! Thoughts?