‘The Hobbit’ Filmmakers In Discussion To Make Two-Part Adaptation Into Trilogy
Peter Jackson has apparently decided that he wants to turn the upcoming adapatation of the J.R.R Tolkien epic novel into a trilogy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources close to the production of The Hobbit say that Peter Jackson wants to turn his two-film adaptation in to a three part trilogy. If they do decide to make the movie into a three part series, then it will require additional shooting which could take place next summer for two months in New Zealand.
Fans first heard it from Peter Jackson himself when he teased them with the idea at Comic-Con on July 14th. Since then, producer Fran Walsh and writer-producer Phillipa Boyens have been looking into what it would take in order to make this idea a reality. These discussions have accelerated the past few days and if the financial arrangements can be met, then the studio would be on board with the idea.
A source close to the production of the adaptation states “If we’re going to do it, we have to make a decision soon.” ” It’s strongly driven by the filmmakers’ desire to tell more of the story.”
December 14th is the release date set for the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first installment of the possible three part series. There and Back Again is the second installment and is scheduled to hit theaters on December 13, 2013. If Warner Bros. does decide to make the trilogy, then the third installment will follow in 2014. This schedule of release dates is much like the way that the Lord of the Rings trilogy were released over the course of three consecutive years.
I personally would love to see this new adaptation as a trilogy, it would give the studio a chance to explore more of the story and give audiences a more in-depth view of The Hobbit.
Here’s a trailer for The Hobbit….enjoy!