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The Hobbit Is Officially A Trilogy

*subhead*Three is better than two?.*subhead*
The Hobbit Is Officially A Trilogy.
Peter Jackson has embarked on an unexpected journey indeed, as the filmmaker has revealed that his two-part adaptation of "The Hobbit" has now officially added a third movie.

In a message posted on his Facebook account, Jackson confirmed the rumors that a third "Hobbit" movie is indeed in the offing, with Variety's Josh Dickey asserting that the film will hit theaters in summer 2014 — a departure from the planned December 2013 and 2014 releases for the first two "Hobbit" adventures. A more specific release date is not currently known.
Could be a great idea, could be a mistake. In the absence of any further information, I must give the benefit of the doubt to Peter Jackson.

All that said, I am really looking forward to these movies.

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9 comments:

fxr2 said...

I have been reading Hobbit to my six children since they were many fewer, complete with voices. I have always tried to sing the dwarf's songs in a military, marching song type of cadence. It never occurred to me to try Gregorian Chant. on the next reading chant I will, after seeing the trailer. How could I have missed what seemed so natural.
fxr2

fxr2 said...

I have been reading Hobbit to my six children since they were many fewer, complete with voices. I have always tried to sing the dwarf's songs in a military, marching song type of cadence. It never occurred to me to try Gregorian Chant. on the next reading chant I will, after seeing the trailer. How could I have missed what seemed so natural.
fxr2

Lewis Kapell said...

I wonder how this is going to come off... I love both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings but they are quite different books. Not only is Hobbit written for a lower reading level, it is also different in tone - more jokey and tongue-in-cheek, although the element of adventure is also there of course, and it does become dramatic and moving in a few places.

But for me the predominant tone is that of the opening chapter, in which Bilbo is astonished by the seemingly endless stream of Dwarves tumbling over his doorway... and there is a notably mischievous quality to Gandalf's behavior in this scene - he is clearly enjoying Bilbo's confusion and embarrassment. Try to imagine the Gandalf of Lord of the Rings behaving that way... he is actually, in some ways, a very different character in that book - more noble and even Christ-like. Not so in The Hobbit.

I could go on and on, there are so many differences that seem subtle, but they are significant to an attentive reader. I am afraid Peter Jackson will try to iron out all the differences and make everything harmonize with the earlier films. I'm sure it will be a very entertaining movie but I doubt it will capture the qualities that I so love in the book.

RobC said...

Three movies? It's not that complex a story! Something tells me jackson is once again making stuff up. All my friends chide me saying I am too much of a purist, but in the end I'll take Tolkien's written works over Jackson.

TerentiaJ said...

I'll take the written work over the filmed, too. But, LOTR should have been at last 4 movies. The 2 extra movies for Hobbit are based on references to material from the Silmarillian. Movie 2 contains Gandolf's fight with the Necromancer, referenced when he leaves Bilbo and the dwarves as they enter Mirkwood. I'm not sure exactly what will be in movie 3, except that it will reference material from the LOTR appendices.

TerentiaJ said...

Sorry-"at least 4 movies", not "last'

Hal Duston said...

Actually the LOTR should have been SIX movies of normal length. Each printed volume in the trilogy was actually two books.

The Ring Sets Out
The Ring Goes South
The Treason of Isengard
The Ring Goes East
The War of the Ring
The Return of the King

Sophia's Favorite said...

You can almost sing the Dwarves' song to the tune of "Greensleeves".

And the Lord of the Rings should be three 26-episode series. Hey, The Slayers got that treatment, and it was just serial novels that ran in a boys' comic magazine. Maybe they'll finally put in Tom Bombadil. No, he doesn't have much to do with anything—but neither did Noonsa. And Merry's sword only works on the Witch-king of the Nazg├╗l because it was made by his old enemies...and left in the barrow Tom saves them from.

Aaron Aukema said...

@TerentiaJ: I read what Jackson said in other places: the entire story is explaned to fill in the gaps between the Hobbit and LOTR, including the Appendices. From what I gathered, they will present it as a continual story with multiple angles, much like Tolkien did in LOTR with Aragorn/Gimli/Legolas, Merry/Pippin, and Frodo/Sam in Two Towers.

I'm sure that Jackson's tale of the Hobbit will be good, mostly faithful, while the additions will be helpful in tying it to the LOTR, and somewhat to the Simlmarillion...I could be wrong, though.

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