Jackson Makes It A Trilogy! — ‘The Hobbit’ To Be Split In Three (UPDATE: New Poster)
[UPDATE #4] Check out the new “sword weilding” Bilbo Baggins poster for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey after the jump.
[UPDATE #3] Say what?! There’s a new trailer for The Hobbit Part One and several alternative endings. [Ed. note: Of course, only fans of Peter Jackson would need 5 alternate endings for a trailer. Sigh. I'm fed up already.]
[UPDATE #2] Want more photos of “hobbits” and all general Peter Jackson-esque from his upcoming trilogy The Hobbit? Well, then see a whole bunch after the jump.
[UPDATE] Its official folks, Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy has some new titles. The second film is being retitled to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, while the third film is The Hobbit: There and Back Again which concludes July 18th, 2014 a mere 7 months after the second installment. Thankfully they’re not dragging this out.
[Original] It began with the forging of the great Hobbit movies. Three were gifted to the race of Warner Brothers executives, who, above all else, desire power. With the recent news that Peter Jackson is splitting his Hobbit adaptation into three films, one has to wonder what else he’s up to. You can just imagine he’s in an edit bay somewhere right now, forging a secret master film from the fires of Mount Doom. The One Film to rule all his other Middle Earth films, and in the darkness, bind them.
Yes, Peter Jackson announced that he is adding an extra installment to his Hobbit franchise, with the film to expand Bilbo Baggins’ world, based on appendices found in J. R. R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings novels (which is only slightly more exciting than actual appendicitis). Reasons behind the expansion are unclear, could it be studio pressure? Or could it be that Peter Jackson wants the studios to spend more and boost the economy of his beloved New Zealand (making him even more of a God there), and at his Weta Digital special effects house (money back to his own pocket).
But maybe its not about the money, maybe Jackson isn’t simply following in the golden footsteps of the Harry Potter, Twilight, or the Hunger Games franchises. Maybe Jackson is simply just overly obsessed with Middle Earth, an example of what happens when Tolkein’s #1 fan is handed the keys to a production studio and near unlimited resources.
But really, what did Jackson find in these LOTR appendices to constitute a third Hobbit film? He crafted what is argubly cinema’s best trilogy out of three separate books, each one of which is longer than The Hobbit on their own, and now he thinks he can repeat his success with what was essentially a children’s book written in 1937?
But who knows, maybe Jackson can spin something out of nothing. Maybe the Hobbit trilogy will join the lofty ranks of Jackson’s LOTR, George Lucas’ (original) Star Wars, or Sergio Leone’s Man With No Name trilogy. Whatever happens, you’ll be able to catch it all in eye-popping 3D! Especially now that the marketing geniuses involved whipped up these lady-killing 3D Hobbit glasses, guaranteed to get you super super laid.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released December 14th, 2012, The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be released December 13th, 2013, and the brand new third film will be released sometime in Summer 2014.
Three movies. So be it. They shall be the Fellowship of the Hobbit.