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Peter Jackson Discussing The Possibility Of A Third Hobbit Movie?

Unlike the books in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit is not a long book, but that's not stopping Peter Jackson from trying to milk absolutely everything out of it that he can. While a direct adaptation of the novel would probably be good enough to fill one three hour movie, Jackson has split the story in two, releasing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this December and The Hobbit: There and Back Again next year, and has even gone as far as to add characters and storylines that weren't present in Tolkein's first book. In fact, one of the most interesting things to see in the movies will be how the original material and the new stuff will balance. But do you know what makes it even more interesting? The possibility of a third Hobbit movie.

While rumors of a third film began to float two weeks ago at Comic Con, according to THR Jackson has entered "deep talks" with the brass over at Warner Bros. about making another movie that would follow There and Back Again. While nothing has been confirmed, sources close to the production say that the New Zealand filmmaker "has concluded that he wants to turn his upcoming two-film adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien epic into a trilogy." The director, producer Fran Walsh and writer-producer Philippa Boyens have all begun working out the logistics of a third, and the plan would be to film for two months next summer. In order for the project to work, however, they would need to secure new actor deals and take care of rights issues (which won't be easy given the stubbornness of the Tokien estate).

Said the source, “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." Warner Bros. declined to comment on the story.

So do you think that it would be a good idea for Peter Jackson to make a third Hobbit movie? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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