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Old May 12 2009, 03:50 AM   #1
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Jackson confirms Hobbit to be "One film in Two parts"

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Peter Jackson has confirmed that The Hobbit, to be shot in Wellington next year, will be one continuous movie in two parts and not two self-contained films. When the project was announced in late 2007, the plan was for two films to be shot back-to-back.
The first film would be based on The Hobbit in its entirety, or, some of the story would spill over into the second film which would also be based on author JRR Tolkien's other writings to create a direct link to The Lord of the Rings.
But Jackson, who is also an executive producer on the project, said The Hobbit would now take up all of both films. "We decided it would be a mistake to try to cram everything into one movie," he hold British film magazine Empire.
"The essential brief was to do The Hobbit, and it allows us to make The Hobbit in a little more style, if you like, of the [Lord of the Rings] trilogy."
Jackson's confirmation backs comments made late last year by The Hobbit director Guillermo del Toro that it was likely The Hobbit would be spread over two films rather than one.
I still think it should be one film.
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Old May 12 2009, 03:56 AM   #2
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I still think it should be one film.
I agree! They did each of the three LOTR books in one movie each why does the Hobbit need two movies? Seems to me they are just trying to squeeze more money out of the fans.
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Old May 12 2009, 04:05 AM   #3
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Re: Jackson confirms Hobbit to be "One film in Two parts"

I too don't think it really needs to take up two films, but I still have a good deal of faith in del Toro and Jackson, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now. I just hope these movies won't seem too padded out when they're finally released.
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Old May 12 2009, 04:35 AM   #4
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Re: Jackson confirms Hobbit to be "One film in Two parts"

Stupid, stupid decision by Jackson.

"We decided it would be a mistake to try to cram everything into one movie,"
What's there to cram? The book is less than 300 pages long. Even doing what they did with LOTR, there's not enough for two films. I think Jackson is too in love with himself. This is the same guy who turned a ninety-minute film from the 1930s into a bloated, overlong, three-hour-plus "epic."

The Hobbit should be one movie. Period.
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Old May 12 2009, 05:09 AM   #5
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I'd rather have a Hobbit two parter than the Hobbit and the made up / appendix stuff they were talking about. Besides, once you toss in all the Necromancer stuff, there should be a lot more story. And hopefully these movies won't be three hours each!
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Old May 12 2009, 05:38 AM   #6
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I'm still not really sure it was Jackson and del Toro who decided to split The Hobbit into two movies, when it could easily be adapted into one film (and probably still be at least twenty minutes shorter than FOTR or TTT). It seems more like a studio decision that Jackson and del Toro have to try and justify to us.
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Old May 12 2009, 06:32 AM   #7
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I have too disagree with you guys. Unlike LOTR, in which Tolkien spent pages at a time describing the scenery or presenting the lyrics of ancient poems, The Hobbit's prose was densely packed with adventures and plot developments. There is plenty there to fill up two movies without it feeling padded.
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Old May 12 2009, 06:43 AM   #8
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Re: Jackson confirms Hobbit to be "One film in Two parts"

I have no problem with this decision.

I have always found "The Hobbit" to be more entertaining than LOTR. Perhaps that is a bias stemming from the fact that The Hobbit was my first book, but the feeling has held up through repeated readings of all four books.

Although I wasn't thrilled w/ certain improvisations in ROTK, I am quite comfortable w/ Jackson's decisions so far. I can trust him on this.

Besides, who the hell is worried about watching TOO MUCH of "The Hobbit"?

BTW, I see Jackson's work outside of the Tolkien universe as separate. His King Kong was fine,etc. I think he is much more faithful and dogmatic when it comes to Tolkien.
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Old May 12 2009, 10:13 AM   #9
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Is this really that surprising? Jackson would adapt a one page poem into a 6 hour movie.
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Old May 12 2009, 10:25 AM   #10
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Re: Jackson confirms Hobbit to be "One film in Two parts"

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BTW, I see Jackson's work outside of the Tolkien universe as separate. His King Kong was fine,etc. I think he is much more faithful and dogmatic when it comes to Tolkien.
I seem to remember from the LoTR films that he missed out chunks and took liberties with major parts of the storyline. I'm not a purist but if you're making 3 feature length movies, a lot less of men staring at each other mistily with big orchestral music and a lot more of the likes of Tom Bombadil would have impressed me more.
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Old May 12 2009, 03:14 PM   #11
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I still think it should be one film.
I agree! They did each of the three LOTR books in one movie each why does the Hobbit need two movies? Seems to me they are just trying to squeeze more money out of the fans.
If they crunched the numbers and realized that the only way they could do The Hobbit with the same style and quality as LOTR was to make profit on two films instead of one, would that be okay?
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Old May 12 2009, 04:21 PM   #12
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I still think it should be one film.
I agree! They did each of the three LOTR books in one movie each why does the Hobbit need two movies? Seems to me they are just trying to squeeze more money out of the fans.
If they crunched the numbers and realized that the only way they could do The Hobbit with the same style and quality as LOTR was to make profit on two films instead of one, would that be okay?
I guess that is a possibility that it could be so expensive to create some of the sets the only way they could justify doing it was to make the book into two films. Still wish it was one movie though as I am afraid they will try to pad the story with filler to stretch it out to two films.
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Old May 12 2009, 06:50 PM   #13
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I still think it should be one film.
I agree! They did each of the three LOTR books in one movie each why does the Hobbit need two movies? Seems to me they are just trying to squeeze more money out of the fans.
Umm... no shit.

That is the point of movies, I'm shocked they aren't doing three movies. Two for the Hobbit and one for whatever.
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Old May 12 2009, 07:03 PM   #14
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I have too disagree with you guys. Unlike LOTR, in which Tolkien spent pages at a time describing the scenery or presenting the lyrics of ancient poems, The Hobbit's prose was densely packed with adventures and plot developments. There is plenty there to fill up two movies without it feeling padded.
I agree, a lot of action in the Hobbit is glossed over in one or two sentences, whereas LOTR is written in pretty much the opposite way, with long rambling descriptions of everything and long chapters of what are essentially 'side quests'.

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I still think it should be one film.
I agree! They did each of the three LOTR books in one movie each why does the Hobbit need two movies? Seems to me they are just trying to squeeze more money out of the fans.
Umm... no shit.

That is the point of movies, I'm shocked they aren't doing three movies. Two for the Hobbit and one for whatever.
I had the same thought! Here's a bag of money.
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Old May 12 2009, 08:51 PM   #15
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I still think it should be one film.
I agree! They did each of the three LOTR books in one movie each why does the Hobbit need two movies? Seems to me they are just trying to squeeze more money out of the fans.
Umm... no shit.

That is the point of movies, I'm shocked they aren't doing three movies. Two for the Hobbit and one for whatever.
Oh dont get me wrong its fine if they want to make three movies based on some of Tolkiens other stories about the LOTR universe. I just dont think that the Hobbit needs two movies for the story to be told. But its obviously not up to me and I am sure I will go see them both. It will just stink waiting for that year or so for the two-part movie to finish after seeing the first part.
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