‘The Hobbit’ to be turned into a trilogy!!!
Good news for fans of Middle Earth, Director Peter Jackson is turning his highly anticipated The Hobbit movies into a trilogy. Back in early July, the director wrapped up an epic 266-day shoot in New Zealand with the footage to be split into two movies titled, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again, and now it looks like it’ll be spread over 3 films.
Rumours recently surfaced online suggesting that Jackson was approached by Warner Bros. studio bosses to expand the franchise and now both Sir Ian McKellan and Peter Jackson has confirmed the news.
McKellan posted the news on Twitter on Monday writing, “Two HOBBIT films will become THREE.”
Only moments later, the director then took to his Facebook.com page to explain his decisions made with screenwriting partners Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.
“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’…”
“So, without further ado… I’d like to announce that two films will become three.”
One book being turned into a trilogy? Let us hope Jackson knows what he’s doing, and doesn’t drag the story out too much.
The fist installment of The Hobbit trilogy is expected to hit theatres this December. Excitement!!!