On Monday, July 30, Peter Jackson wrote a comment on his Facebook page which stirred up a lot of joy as well as some controversy as well. The comment stated that instead of a two part Hobbit series, there will indeed be a third movie as well.
I’ll let you read his own thoughts below.
“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.”
Cheers, Peter Jackson
Amen Sir Peter Jackson, amen. Now, here’s where I felt I needed to explain how I feel about the above notice about the third movie. Though there are those who are all offended because Peter Jackson is taking liberties with a book that is only 400 words long, I have a completely opposite opinion.
Just for a moment, imagine the world of Middle-Earth in all its intricacies. We have stories of the Valar, the original beings on Middle-Earth and how Middle-Earth was created through a piece of music itself. Within the Lord of the Rings trilogy, we only see a piece of this wonderful world in its third age.
What is Gandalf doing when he leaves the dwarves and Bilbo? In the book, Gandalf comes off as a bit of a jerk, leaving them whenever there seems to be peril.
Would the book purists want Gandalf to come off looking like a bit of a tosser? No, I don’t think they would appreciate that either.
However, peril abounds in Middle-Earth and it’s not in the form of Smaug. Instead, the Necromancer is gathering strength in Mirkwood and the wizards wage war upon Dol Guldur. All of this will be featured in Peter Jackson’s the Hobbit series, creating a Middle-Earth like we have never before seen on screen.
However, in the third movie–not to sure where it’ll be placed in the three books–will further our knowledge of the dwarves of Erebor, the wise wizard Gandalf and the many races of Middle Earth. Sir Peter Jackson, please don’t hesitate to further a tie in with the Fellowship of the Ring.
As a fan, I’m proud of your choices and your directions with the Lord of the Rings as well as the Hobbit. Jackson, my man, there will be people who will be offended, upset, but all those who said they won’t see the movies because they’re being changed, will shuffle into the theatre with their tail between their legs.
From one Lord of the Rings fan to another, thank you.