The Hobbit Trilogy

Announced today, Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit will not be two parts, but three.

Part One debuts this December, with Part Two coming the following year. The newly announced Part Three will come Summer 2014.

On one hand, it’s cool to get more Peter Jackson goodness, but it pushes the finale out and just feels like a big fat money grab (*cough-breaking-dawn-cough*).

What’s your take?

5 replies on “The Hobbit Trilogy”

  1. Fez says:

    Sounds like an exec said “trilogies sell better than a sequel, why not just make it three? Who ever heard of a Duology? There’s more money in threes!”

    It’s a money grab for sure, but he’s hoping it does result in better quality…

  2. lost says:

    Definitely a money grab. If the quality is good, I won’t be too annoyed. On the other hand, how the blazes do they expect to stretch The Hobbit into three movies? It’s a simple “go here and do that” fantasy quest story, after all, with a pretty linear plot on top of it. Sure, there’s all that mucking about in Murkwood and the stuff under the mountains but really, it’s not all that complex.

    Two movies I can see. There’s enough action what with the troll incident, the spider incident, the showdown with the dragon, and so on. But I’m not seeing how it stretches to over 4 hours screen time (assuming approx. 90 minutes per installment).

  3. Sounds like a lot of material is coming from The Silmarillion and The Book of Lost Tales.

    I’m nervous, but I have some faith in Peter Jackson with this property, so I’ll stay cautiously optimistic.

    • zocalo says:

      That’s my take too. Primary filming on The Hobbit is done, so going back and doing more is going to cost time and money, unless there is a *lot* of usable footage going onto the cutting room floor to get it down to two movies.

      I’m hoping for two films of The Hobbit, as previously announced, then either a bridge movie that fills in the gap between The Hobbit & LoTR, or a prequel to them both drawing on the LoTR Appendicies, Silmarillion & Lost Tales. Problem there is the licensing rights, and I think for Silmarillion and Lost Tales they are still with Chris Tolkein, and he’s still more than a little opposed to JRR’s works being made into films.

  4. PuppetSocko says:

    I suspect a case of three two-hour movies vs two three-hour movies.

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