Peter Jackson Actively Talking to WB About a Third 'Hobbit' Movie
Well, here we go. Over the Comic-Con weekend, rumors started kicking up that Peter Jackson was already considering going back and shooting more footage for The Hobbit in hopes of potentially making either a third movie, or long extended editions. You can see why everyone would want to return for more in the latest video blog. We weren't sure what to make at first, honestly hoping that it wasn't going to happen, but now it's apparently an actuality, and talks "have accelerated in recent days, with the studio on board if the right financial arrangements can be achieved." The Hobbit trilogy here we go. Do you think it's a good idea?
Originally, reports directly from Jackson only hinted at the possibility, since he dropped mention of it during Comic-Con. "We have certainly been talking to the studio about some of the material we can't film, and we've been asking them so we can do a bit more filming next year. Which, I don't know what would come of that, whether it'd be Extended Editions or whatnot." Now the studio definitely seems interested, of course, in turning this into a trilogy. Three means more money - why not? I think we expected this day to come even years before when The Hobbit was struggling to get made. A source for THR confirms the news:
"If we're going to do it, we have to make a decision soon," says a source close to the production. "It's strongly driven by the filmmakers' desire to tell more of the story."
"It's about taking the chance to tell more of the incredible tale with the cast we have assembled," says a source.
Now it's not confirmed by the studio yet, as they have a lot of other things on their mind at the moment, but it sounds like they're definitely interested, and probably trying to see if they can make it happen. Deadline's Mike Fleming follows up on the news, confirming it as well: "I'm told now that the possibility is perhaps better than it was then that this might happen, but that it is by no means a certainty. There are internal discussions, and I have to say, they make me wince." Interesting response. Wince, I think, in the sense of do they really need to stretch this into three films? It may be long enough between two nearly 3 hour movies.
For now, we'll have to wait to hear official updates from Warner Bros or Peter Jackson himself, who seems to keep his Facebook regularly updated. THR says that "sources close to the production of The Hobbit say the filmmaker has concluded that he wants to turn his upcoming two-film adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien epic into a trilogy" and they would start shooting "next summer for about two months in New Zealand." Makes sense, the production looked fun. But look, I love visiting Middle Earth, especially this world that Jackson has created, but do we really need to stretch this story into more? How exactly is he going to make it this much more epic? Will Smaug be held until the third one? What do you think of a Hobbit trilogy?