Re: THE HOBBIT (2012/2013): News, Rumors, Pics Till Release
Well, the previous film covered a meager 6 chapters, far less than I expected. Not really sure why they're pacing this thing the way they are, other than the financial gain of making it 3 films.
From my understanding, the first movie was not altered significantly by the decision to make it three movies. It was during the editing of the second movie where Peter Jackson realized that the Dol Guldor scenes might have to be cut that he decided to instead make three movies. So, if there's padding, it'll be here. So I'm pretty sure the plan was to cut the first movie where they cut it for quite awhile.
When on Romulus, Do as the Romulans