And here we thought Peter Jackson was just pulling a fast one on us back at Comic-Con 2012. Nope! It has been confirmed that The Hobbit will be transformed into a trilogy instead of a two-part film. Apparently, Mr. Jackson was able to film so much additional footage that Warner Bros. just couldn’t say no – and who could blame them? This franchise will clean up the box office just like the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Read on to see what they retitled the second film and when you can expect There and Back Again to be released.
It was only a few months ago when we believed the rumor of a trilogy for The Hobbit was all silly nonsense. The logistics of it were just so unfathomable. How would they lengthen a 310-page book into an epic film trilogy? It just doesn’t make sense in my mind. I just read the book for the first time a year ago and even then, I can’t seem to think how they could drag everything on for three whole films.
Leave it up to Peter Jackson to find a way. Before, we had two movies: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Well “There and Back Again” wouldn’t make sense for the second film now that we have a trilogy, so we can now safely say that the second movie will be called The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
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Based on the titles of the film, I am going to assume the first film will end with the Dwarfs and Master Baggins floating away down the river in the barrels they found in the house of Elves. From there this new film will take place in the Lake-Town and The Lonely Mountain. We will get up to the point to where Smaug obliterates the town and is taken down by Bard. The town is left in ruin and Bilbo with the Dwarfs will be left up in the lonely mountain awaiting war. Here is where the third movie comes in. From this point we will start the epic battle and finish the rest of the book.
Splitting the book as I have just envisioned, I can see the An Unexpected Journey taking a long time, The Desolation of Smaug will have a lot of extra content, and There and Back Againwill be interesting to see how they stretch that out. My biggest worry is the pacing. If they stretch everything out, how will they keep audiences interested? It has been said that Jackson has taken a lot of content from appendices from LOTR and other resources, so we’ll see how it all fits together next year.
The trailer for An Unexpected Journey is awesome and you should check that out along with the many screenshots captured.
Now that we have our three films, they are planned on a release schedule similar to the LOTR trilogy. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will arrive in theaters December 14th, 2012. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will release December 13th, 2013. And the trilogy will conclude with The Hobbit: There and Back Again July 18th, 2014.
The Hobbittrilogy stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Evangeline Lilly, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Reprising their roles from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, and Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, and Andy Serkis as Gollum.
Source: First Showing