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!