Ironic, since a few years ago Jackson wasn’t even sure if he wanted to invest the years necessary to even direct the “Hobbit” films, before eventually being talked into it. Now he’s looking at a third movie? Sounds like someone’s caught the Hobbit bug. Or is that Orc virus?
In any case, after hinting that his time on Middle Earth shooting the two “Hobbit” movies might not be after all while wowing the fanboys at Comic Con, it appears Peter Jackson has started talking with Warner Bros. about the “the logistics of what it would take to make another movie” in the previously expected two-part movie. I.e. So howzabout another “Hobbit” movie, kids?
Those talks are said to have accelerated in recent days, with the studio on board if the right financial arrangements can be achieved. That includes securing new actor deals for the expansive cast as well as shoring up certain rights associated with the property (The Hobbit has a long a tortured rights history.)
J.R.R. Tolkien’s original “The Hobbit” novel is a 300-plus page book, which makes you wonder if there is enough material for not two, but three movies, especially since Jackson and company did the entire “Lord of the Rings” trilogy in three movies, one movie per book. Then again, there were probably enough material in those three installments for six movies if you were to cut them into 2-hour chunks. What did the final run-time of “Return of the King” eventually come in at on DVD, around five hours or something?
The thing here is that Jackson is the one who is expressing the desire to do three movies, not the studio. I’m sure the studio will be more than happy to say Yes, if the money stuff works out for them. When has a movie studio ever turned down an additional installment to a sure-thing franchise? And the fact that it’s Jackson pushing this will no doubt make the fans happy.
Whatever the studio and Jackson end up deciding, the first of the (possible) trilogy, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” debuts later this year, followed by Part 2′s “There and Back Again” in 2013 around the same time. And if a Part 3 gets made, one would assume it would arrive in 20114.
Via : THR