Third ‘Hobbit’ film could become a reality

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey posterThe Los Angeles Times recently posted that Warner Bros. unit, New Line Cinemas, and director Peter Jackson are looking into the possibility of a third installment for The Hobbit.

Jackson mentioned briefly during the recent Comic-Con in San Diego earlier this month that they had enough material to comprise a third movie. The material in question is in the form of notes made by the author Tolkien which can be found as the Appendices of the book The Return of the King.

“There are 125 pages of notes published at the back of ‘Return of the King’ in one of the later editions. It was called The Appendices, and they are essentially [Tolkien’s] expanded Hobbit notes. So we had the rights to those as well and were allowed to use them,” said Jackson, in an interview with Deadline. “We haven’t just adapted ‘The Hobbit’; we’ve adapted that book plus great chunks of his appendices and woven it all together. The movie explains where Gandalf goes; the book never does. We’ve explained it using Tolkien’s own notes. That helped inform the tone of the movie, because it allowed us to pull in material he wrote in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ era and incorporate it with ‘The Hobbit.'”

Regardless of having enough material for a third film, there is still the matter of whether new deals can be made with numerous right-holders and the actors. At present, talks have been underway with Martin Freeman and Sir Ian McKellen, two of the chief actors in the upcoming The Hobbit films.

One thing that worries fans about a third installment of The Hobbit is how will it affect the first two films? Will plot lines be changed, and would the climatic battle at the end of The Hobbit be held back for the third film?

The Lord of the Rings worked as a trilogy of films because it already existed as a trilogy of books. But The Hobbit is only one book. As the LA Times has noted, breaking a single book up into more than one movie seems to be the ‘in thing’ in Hollywood lately. However, “there is no known precedent for turning one book into three films.”

Will The Hobbit work as three films? Is there really that much more material in the appendices of The Return of the King to contribute to, not take away from, the story? Like Mike Fleming from Deadline said, “As a fan of LOTR, I’m concerned.”

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