Jackson confirms Hobbit trilogy
Tue, 31 Jul 2012 5:54a.m.
Sir Peter Jackson is adding a third film to what was planned to be the two-part series The Hobbit.
The director of the Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings movies said Monday that after viewing a cut of the first film and part of the second that there was room for a third.
Jackson says in a statement that a lot of J.R.R. Tolkien's tale of Bilbo Baggins would remain untold if a third film wasn't made. The films are set in the fictional world of Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings.
"We recognized that the richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, gave rise to a simple question: do we tell more of the tale?" Jackson said in a statement. "And the answer from our perspective as filmmakers and fans was an unreserved `yes.' "
"We know how much of the tale of Bilbo Baggins, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur would remain untold if we did not fully realize this complex and wonderful adventure," he said.
Warner Bros and MGM will continue their partnership to make the trilogy.
The first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, hits theaters later this year, while the second, The Hobbit: There and Back Again is set for release in December 2013.
The third film will come out in the summer of 2014.
All three movies are being shot in digital 3D in New Zealand, which is home to Jackson's Weta Digital special effects house. Principal photography recently finished on the first two films.
Jackson, his wife Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro are listed as co-writers of the first two films.
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8/08/2012 6:34:52 p.m.
pumped Phil wrote:
Yeah Pete!!! So excited!!! This will truly be your greatest life's work together with the LOTR trilogy!!! Ah! Can't wait...such a big fan!
31/07/2012 9:49:27 a.m.
So Cool!!!!! Can't wait to see all three of them. Should be as spectacular as the Lord of the rings trilogy.
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