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Old July 30 2012, 04:52 PM   #781
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It's official: Peter Jackson has confirmed that The Hobbit will be split into three films, with the third one released in the summer of 2014. Deadline reports the story here.
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Old July 30 2012, 05:26 PM   #782
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Bad idea.
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Old July 30 2012, 05:32 PM   #783
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As long as the extra background material is taken from the other works of the author and add to the films, great ! If it's just filler, not so good.

I'd surmise that the three films will come in under around or under three hours - I'd much rather have three x three hour films than two four hour ones...
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Old July 30 2012, 05:41 PM   #784
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As long as the extra background material is taken from the other works of the author and add to the films, great ! If it's just filler, not so good.

I'd surmise that the three films will come in under around or under three hours - I'd much rather have three x three hour films than two four hour ones...
The Hobbit is a short book. You could make a single, normal length movie of it without cutting anything.
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Old July 30 2012, 05:44 PM   #785
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It's official: Peter Jackson has confirmed that The Hobbit will be split into three films, with the third one released in the summer of 2014. Deadline reports the story here.
As far as I'm concerned and based on what I've seen so far, the more Middle Earth - Peter Jackson films the better.
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Old July 30 2012, 06:19 PM   #786
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Here's the full statement Peter Jackson released:

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.

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.

It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, ”a tale that grew in the telling.”

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Old July 30 2012, 06:32 PM   #787
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As long as the extra background material is taken from the other works of the author and add to the films, great ! If it's just filler, not so good.

I'd surmise that the three films will come in under around or under three hours - I'd much rather have three x three hour films than two four hour ones...
The Hobbit is a short book. You could make a single, normal length movie of it without cutting anything.
I know, it's a childrens book. To be honest, so was LOTR in some places - early scenes in The Shire and Tom Bombadil would have easily fit with The Hobbit.

Jackson has already said that he was going to make it stylistically more of an adult movie like the LOTR films, and expand them with the copious material from the LOTR appendices filling in the background and the gap between The Hobbit and LOTR. Unfortunately they don't have the rights to the many Book Of Lost Tales and History Of Middle Earth books, nor The Silmarillion.

As I said, the expanding of The Hobbit should add a lot to the story, hopefully before, during and after...
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Old July 30 2012, 07:27 PM   #788
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I can tell he fell in love with the cast, and the look of the film, and that he wants to put as much in possible and allow the story to breathe. And sure, any LOTR story will have more sustenance to it when being allowed to breathe than, say, a thin story like King Kong (wherein the whole point of staying on the boat for so long was for tension), but I think the narrative will suffer from such prolonged length.
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Old July 30 2012, 07:34 PM   #789
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My fear is that The Hobbit is going to turn into a B-plot its own movie.
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Old July 30 2012, 07:47 PM   #790
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My fear is that The Hobbit is going to turn into a B-plot its own movie.
I just spit out my drink laughing.
thanks.

You know, it is a good point!
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Old July 30 2012, 08:10 PM   #791
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My fear is that The Hobbit is going to turn into a B-plot its own movie.
That wouldn't be a bad thing - if it is the bones they hang the rest around, that would suit me.

Much as I like it, The Hobbit IS a kids book and rather 'fluffy'. I want it to be turned into a fully grown prequel to LOTR.
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Old July 30 2012, 08:18 PM   #792
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If the Hobbit is essentially a prequel to LOTR I am kind of all for it honestly.
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Old July 30 2012, 08:20 PM   #793
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Putting PJ through the geek translation matrix:

"Time to show Lucas how to make a frakking prequel trilogy!"
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Old July 30 2012, 08:35 PM   #794
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Putting PJ through the geek translation matrix:

"Time to show Lucas how to make a frakking prequel trilogy!"

Yup.
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I'm glad. There was a lot of info left on the pages of LOTR, if PJ has the opportunity to get as much of The Hobbit filmed as he can, then I'll be glad to see it.
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