Peter Jackson confirms that The Hobbit will become three films

Takes to Facebook to announce, ‘the tale has grown in the telling’



The Hobbit, Peter Jackson’s hotly anticipated adaptation of the prequel to The Lord Of The Rings, will now officially be three films, rather than the previously announced two.

Jackson first hinted at the possibility at Comic-Con 2012, and since entering discussions with Warner Bros on the matter, he has now confirmed the decision to make The Hobbit a trilogy via a Facebook post.

Finding himself overwhelmed with material, from the source novel, as well as J.R.R. Tolkien’s appendices, Jackson will now shoot additional material.

Here’s PJ’s comments in full:

"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."


Peter J

Well, he puts it pretty convincingly, doesn’t he? While some have expressed fears this may spread the book too thinly, it’s hard to not get excited at the prospect of an extended stay in Middle-earth.

One question remains though… What’s the subtitle for the third film going to be?!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will open on 14 December 2012, with The Hobbit: There And Back Again following on 13 December 2013. We’re expecting The Hobbit: Whatever It’s Called to arrive around 12 December 2014.

Good news? Bad news? Drop your opinions below!


    • MisterDavid

      Jul 30th 2012, 16:52

      Subtitle? 'The Road Goes Ever On & On'

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    • smellyhands

      Jul 30th 2012, 16:57

      The Hobbit: Lets Make More Money. In cinemas 12 December 2014.

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    • DanielMcA

      Jul 30th 2012, 18:49

      Hobbit 3: Bilbo goes bananas

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 30th 2012, 20:56

      I am surprised at all the negativity on the forums, PJ did after all give us IMO the greatest trilogy to grace the cinema. It's not like Tolkien didn't leave enough material lying around, the appendices are stacked of stories and information. Peter is asking for a third it's not the studio forcing him.

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    • FBJRider

      Jul 31st 2012, 1:08

      I'm pretty sure Jackson isn't doing for the money. He's possibly Tolkien's biggest fan he's just trying to do his work proud as it deserves. Anyway I have no worries of it being spread too thinly, there's more than enough story in the appendices especially if he uses some ideas from the Similarion. Wouldn't 'There and Back Again' now become the third film though?

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    • thejonner

      Jul 31st 2012, 5:33

      The Hobbit: A Journey into your wallet, time and time again.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jul 31st 2012, 8:52

      The first one is going to be very boring.. it'll take them an hour to leave the f*****g shire.. the third one will have a big battle and then an hour of endings. Sorry Pete.. can't be arsed to wait another three years and have to sit through another trilogy. And I agree Ali that Peter Jackson did an amazing job with the LOTR trilogy but this is one book, two films at the most.

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    • mattburgess

      Jul 31st 2012, 11:36

      Then you've almost certainly not read the book, and/or have no imagination.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jul 31st 2012, 12:40

      Ah the age old personal attack.

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    • boebels

      Aug 3rd 2012, 12:11

      Just great news to hear! Now I have something to look forward to every December - which is definitely much better than Christmas! The Grinch

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