Peter Jackson Confirms Third Hobbit Film For Summer 2014
After weeks of rumors that Peter Jackson and his collaborators would take on the massive challenge of yet another movie set in Middle Earth, the man himself has confirmed it in his typical low-key, democratic way: via Facebook post. On his official page Jackson wrote a brief, thoughtful announcement confirming that "two films will become three," and that a third film will allow him to tell more of "the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of Necromancer and the Battle of Dol Guldur." You can read the full announcement 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.'
If you look at it from the cynical Hollywood point of view, this is no surprise, as the final installments of many franchises-- like Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games-- have been split in two, essentially doubling the possible profits. But fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's books know the world of Middle Earth is dense and complicated enough that this story might actually merit it-- especially if Jackson is digging into all the supplemental materials that existed outside of the actual Hobbit book.
The third, untitled Hobbit film will be released in the summer of 2014, so less than six months after the release of There and Back Again, which is scheduled for December 2013. We'll get our first look at Jackson's new take on Middle Earth this December, when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes to theaters December 14.
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