Peter Jackson Confirms We're Getting a Third 'Hobbit' Movie in 2014
Well it looks like it couldn't be more official - it's happening. They're making three Hobbit movies. We're going to see Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, whether you like it or not. After a few weeks of rumors and speculation originating from the halls of the San Diego Comic-Con, Jackson himself has confirmed that they're officially making three. "So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of The Hobbit films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three," he said on his Facebook. More info from PJ on this below!
Here's more of the official quote/announcement as posted on the Peter Jackson Facebook page today:
"It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie - and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved 'yes.'"
"We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance. The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth."
"It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, 'a tale that grew in the telling.'"
The current schedule is now: Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in theaters on December 14th, 2012 later this year; The Hobbit: There and Back Again in theaters on December 13th, 2013; and finally, The Hobbit: Part 3 (which doesn't have a title yet) in theaters summer 2014. The new release has been confirmed by Variety's Josh Dickey, who says "Hobbit 3 will come in Summer 2014, unlike first 2 films. No specific date affixed yet." I'm glad to hear that Jackson and his entire cast and crew are ready to return to Middle Earth again, likely next summer to shoot more. It will definitely be an exciting, thrilling and more complete adventure I just hope Tolkien's Hobbit story doesn't feel too stretched.
Update: Our friends at SlashFilm have pointed out an interesting post on Fusible that identifies a couple of potential titles that Warner Bros is considering for the third movie. They've found these based on domain name registrations by a place called MarkMonitor. A few titles that might follow The Hobbit include: The Desolation of Smaug and Riddles in the Dark. We'll have to wait to find out what they end up using.