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Panathar (SuperAdmin) 7/30/2012 1:00 PM EST : News from Peter Jackson
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In case you haven't already heard.   An Unexpected Journey. 

And just in case you don't have facebook. 

"It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie - and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life.  All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.' 

We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance.  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, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.

So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of “The Hobbit” films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three.  

It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, "a tale that grew in the telling."


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Silmarilos (Associate) 7/30/2012 11:48 PM EST : RE: News from Peter Jackson

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3 films! Huzzah! I am excited that we get more movie time!!

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Anurwhoa (Associate) 7/31/2012 7:30 PM EST : RE: News from Peter Jackson
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Wow!  Good news / bad news - more is merrier but more waiting to see them all.
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Panathar (SuperAdmin) 7/31/2012 8:29 PM EST : RE: News from Peter Jackson
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Yeah, as one poster said, they squished six "books" into three films the first time around, and now they're stretching one book into three films.  I'm definitely excited.  However, I can't help being a bit skeptical about whether the content drove the addition of a third film, or whether it was a financial decision.  That's fine if it was finances, but the story could be altered so significantly that it won't feel like the Hobbit.  They're already walking a tight rope interweaving the very self-contained story of The Hobbit and the off-screen storyline, while still making a movie that will end up feeling anything like the source material.  Pulling even more material from the indexes will make "The Hobbit" film less and less its namesake.
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Grumio93 (Associate) 8/1/2012 9:07 AM EST : RE: News from Peter Jackson

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Grammar check, as per Loc's orders:

The plural of 'index' is 'indices'.

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Locustfist (SuperAdmin) 8/1/2012 1:25 PM EST : RE: News from Peter Jackson
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Grumio93 said:
Grammar check, as per Loc's orders:

The plural of 'index' is 'indices'.


Yes good.

In the statement PJ said that it was a "storyteller's decision". I'm almost certain it was a studio decision and influenced by profits. If the return from Dale to the Shire at the end takes as long as it did to arrive there, there will be no problem filling a third film lol. Seriously, if they tie in some appendix stuff such as Arwen meeting Aragorn etc. there may be plenty of content for three films but like Pan said, the title of The Hobbit will be used loosely.

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Grumio93 (Associate) 8/1/2012 7:02 PM EST : RE: News from Peter Jackson

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It would be a stretch to lump all three films under the Hobbit title, I agree. Whether or not their motives are profit-based doesn't make much of a difference to me. I view "uncut" and/or "extended" and/or "Director's Cut" versions of films for DVD box sets and the like more offensive than the decision to make a Hobbit trilogy. There was a lot of content to try to fit into the LOTR trilogy, and even with the uncut versions that followed the cinema releases PJ was unable to include all LOTR minutiae. With these Hobbit films, however, I don't think the uncut trilogy box set (which ought to be released sometime in 2016, lol) can be rationalized quite the same way.

If they run out of Hobbit or "prequel" content maybe they'll give us live-action genealogies and language lessons. That would be awesome. Really, I mean it. I'd cry tears of joy. 

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