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The Blog Is Yours: Should The Hobbit be stretched into a trilogy?

There’s a lot of talk right now that Peter Jackson is actually going to turn his adaptation of The Hobbit into a trilogy. (It was controversial enough when he announced it would be two movies instead of one.)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to open in December, with The Hobbit: There and Back Again due a year later. They won’t just depict what happened “on screen” in J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novel, but fill in between the lines using the author’s voluminous appendices and notes.

In one way, it’s smart for Jackson to make the most of his turn with the material. The Tolkien estate is not happy with his work, and would shut it down if they could (and they have tried). The rights only include The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, which already was filmed, so this is really the production team’s last hurrah in Middle-earth. I think they should go all-out — I’ll certainly be there for every minute of it.

What do you think: Should they stick with the two-movie plan, or expand it into a trilogy? Sound off in the comments!

UPDATED: It’s official — there will be three Hobbit films.

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  • 3 movies will be nice, there was lot from lotr Peter Jackson didnt adapt e.g. whole character of Tom Bambadil was deleted. So I think Jackson is planning to take every piece of novel and appendices of lotr-rotk….. I totally support 3 movies.

  • I agree with Jayson completely on this. Peter Jackson should go for broke. I trust the director and his love of the source material to deliver rich, high-quality films and I say he should handle it however he sees fit. This is the world’s last & best hope to ever see the full saga on screen – including Tolkien’s notes connecting the Hobbit & the Lord of the Rings.


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