News broke last week that Peter Jackson was in talks to extend the two Hobbit movies into a trilogy. At first it was rumoured that this new footage would be used in the extended editions of the films on DVD and Blu Ray, however confirmation has now been released that a third movie is now a go.
Jackson stated, “Upon recently viewing a cut of the first film, and a chunk of the second, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and I were very pleased with the way the story was coming together. We recognized that 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, gave rise to a simple question: do we tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as filmmakers and fans was an unreserved ‘yes.’ We know the strength of our cast and of the characters they have brought to life. We know creatively how compelling and engaging the story can be and—lastly, and most importantly—we know how much of the tale of Bilbo Baggins, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur would remain untold if we did not fully realize this complex and wonderful adventure. I’m delighted that New Line, MGM and Warner Bros. are equally enthusiastic about bringing fans this expansive tale across three films.”
New Line Cinema CEO Toby Emmerich stated, “We completely support Peter and his vision for bringing this grand adventure to the screen over the course of three films. Peter, Fran and Philippa’s reverence for the material and understanding of these characters ensure an exciting and expanded journey that is bound to please fans around the world.”
Release dates and casting decisions have not yet been announced, but considering additional filming had already been scheduled you can expect details to start emerging soon. Whilst it’s unclear how this new film will fit into the saga, one things for sure, BBC’s Sherlock series three is going to be a long time in the making.