Not content to split J.R.R. Tolkien’s THE HOBBIT into two films (AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY is set for December 14th, THERE AND BACK AGAIN will arrive sometime next year), Peter Jackson has revealed to Hitfix he’ll split it into three if Warner and MGM give him the go-ahead. That’s right, one book is being split into three movies. Anyone else get the feeling Jackson REALLY doesn’t want to leave Middle Earth?
Per Hitfix: “That’s a discussion we’re having, yeah,” Jackson said. “We have certainly been talking to the studio about some of the material we can’t film, and we’ve been asking them so we can do a bit more filming next year. Which, I don’t know what would come of that, whether it’d be extended editions or whatnot. But those discussions are ongoing.
“I’d like to shoot a bunch more material that we [couldn't] shoot. There’s so much good stuff in the appendices that we haven’t been able to squeeze into these movies,” Jackson said, referring to the appendix sections found at the end of “The Return of the King” detailing more background on Middle Earth and its history.
This is too much. Jackson should just make his two HOBBIT flicks and call it a day. Tolkien’s novel wasn’t very long to begin with (310 pages) and barely worthy, even with the addition of material from the other Middle Earth novels, of two movies. Three is just too much. Too much.
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