Will 'The Hobbit' Become A Trilogy?
Certain industry prognosticators believe so
In The Hobbit, just getting to Mirkwood Forest is good for a 3 hour movie. You have the party at Bilbo's, the encounter with the trolls, Rivendale, the journey into the Misty Mountains, the capture by Goblins, Bilbo's finding the One Ring and interaction with Gollum, the escape from the Misty Mountains, the fire in the trees, escape with the Eagles and the encounter with Beorn.
For the second movie, you have the journey through Mirkwood, capture and escape from the spiders, capture and escape from the Wood Elves, resupply in Lake-town, journey to the Lonely Mountain, finding the hidden door, spying on Smaug, battle with Smaug, battle with the Five Armies, death of Thorin and journey home again.
Depending on how they want to split it, they could even use the capture by either the spiders or the Wood Elves as the stopping point as sort of a cliff hanger.
The story of Beren and Lúthien is very important to the overall mythology of the Lord of the Rings, due to its MAJOR significance to the back story (for those unfamiliar with it, Beren and Lúthien were the great-great grandparents of Arwen, distant ancestors of Aragorn and therefore the progenitors of all the Kings of Númenor, Gondor and Arnor). Aragorn mentions them in the Extended Edition of Fellowship, which may raise a few questions about their story. Of all the stories set in the First Age, it's also about the only one that can be said to actually have a happy ending. Lastly, it exists in a fairly complete form, and between various versions (including the partially completed 6000-line verse form) a substantial amount of material exists to adapt it. As a romantic story I see this as being the "safest" bet, and the one that would most easily find an audience.
The other is the Children of Húrin, which is probably the most complete of Tolkien's peripheral stories, and exists in the most mature state. Complete enough an entire novel was able to be released of it. This is a movie that SCREAMS "Oscar Bait." It's dark, moody, and a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. Although the fact that it's downright depressing may work against its ability to draw at the box office.
After the bang-up job Jackson did with the LOTR trilogy I am thrilled with whatever he decides to do with the filming of The Hobbit .
There is no such thing as too much with the Tolkien books and I only wish he could have done the same with the LOTR's 3 movies as they probably could have gotten at least 2 more movies made from the trilogy, what with all the material they left out of the movies they did make........
Go get 'em Pete...can't wait to see the finished product !!!!!!!!!!!
Regardless of what director Peter Jackson chooses to do, I'm sure the finished product will be outstanding to say the least.
That being said, I have to say that this is quite possibly one of the worst articles I've ever read. Corwin Neuse needs to demand a refund from whichever community college handed him his journalism degree.
I would not mind at all. From an early age, I have loved everything hobbit. Those who complain are the ones who have never read the books or discovered the beautiful words of JRR Tolkien as a child before the movie mania. If I only know the movies, like a lot of people too lazy to read, I would probably have my doubts.
As I child, after reading the Hobbit and then the triology, I researched and read everything written by Toilken and anyone else to field the gap between the two.
True Tolkien fans will be overjoyed with the prospect because we will have three years to experience our loves and heros. Peter Jackson's, who is a diehard Tolkien lover, interpretation of Tolkien's work is brilliant.
If you split the Hobbit into two movies, and then use a 3rd to bridge the Hobbit and LOTR that is fine by me... as long as you release both Hobbit Movies simultaneously. There is no reason to wait 6 months or 12 months to release the second Hobbit.
Obviously that would never happen, but if they really want to mix things up and screw with hollywood they would do that and make Billions $$
The source information for this article must be severly out of date. The idea to split the story into two parts and scrap the idea of the filler movie has been confirmed for well over a year now.