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Peter Jackson Confirms THIRD Hobbit Film!

Peter Jackson just announced via his Facebook page that the rumours of a third Hobbit film are, in fact, true:

 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

Deadline NY confirms that this third film will be released in summer of 2014.

We’d like to know what you think of a third ‘Hobbit’ film – what do you think it should be called? Which stories or characters are you hoping to see (or see more of)? Share your thoughts below!

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  1. So many questions, I don’t know where to begin! What will it be called? Who’s going to be in it? What’s it going to be about?? Shock, amazement, glee…. I need to remember to breathe….

  2. Wow! Great news! I know some might have been dubious about the Hobbit being stretched into 3 films (I know I was). Now that Jackson has explained the rationale for a third film, in that it goes beyond the Hobbit story, I have 100% confidence PJ will provide a third film that helps bolsters the franchise with added untold history of M-E. Great initiative PJ!

  3. I wonder whether the TP will get his wish for the Battle of Azanul-Bizar.

  4. Josh 'Red 84' Radke says:

    I can’t imagine that this will include content from what was originally going to be the The Hobbit/LOTR “bridge” film that was supposed to contain White Council stuff as well… That would be pretty coolio.

  5. Ok, my THIRD Hobbit movie title idea: “The Hobbit: The Road Goes Ever On and On”

  6. I’m still convinced it’s actually an April Fool’s joke of some kind…it’s gotta be April somewhere?!

    • So I assume this means more filming or can they make the third with what they have? The way PJ talks in the hypothetical conditional (i.e. if we do not take this chance), seems as if there is still work to be done. I find it hard to believe he filmed enough content outside the hobbit to make a third movie (unless that was his intent all along).

  7. OK, I’m going to go against the grain here, but I’m leery about this. I mean I think the Hobbit can be two movies, especially given the info we find in Book of Lost Tales – but three films? It seems like a bit much for the casual movie-goer.

    Sure, a lot of fans of folks here on the network would love to get a visualization of the the most minute details of Middle-earth, but the average movie-goer doesn’t recognize names like “Glorfindel” or “Beren”. The appreciation for that kind of thing is reserved for really dedicated fans. The viewing public might just see it as Jackson milking a cash cow – and to be honest, I’m not entirely sure they’d be wrong.

    • I’m with you on this one, Bandoras. I’m already leery enough about the first two films given some of the changes they’ve made, and I really don’t see there being any need for a third film. Even as a dedicated fan of the books, I don’t think every character Tolkien created needs to be brought to the big screen.

    • His films aren’t made for Tolkien fans, they’re made for action-adventure movie fans and I’ve already committed to knowing I won’t see “The Hobbit” but rather a similar story with similar characters in “PJ’s Middle-earth.” I think the *casual viewer* just wants a fun ride they can enjoy for 3 hours, how one film necessarily fits into the larger whole of 3 films or the books or the history behind them is sadly, not as important.

    • I trust PJ is aware of this; he and his team have shown a great sense of respect for the lore in the past and they have successfully walked the tight rope between appeasing Hollywood (mainstream audience) and satisfying the hardcore fans (though not all). I trust whatever decision he makes. I think PJ has shown integrity throughout and it would surprise me that he’s doing this simply to milk a cash cow…I don’t think he’s lacking in funds at this stage of his career. If he has decided to add a third film, I personally believe what drives him is the sense that he is improving the quality of this endeavour for the benefit of Tolkien fans. So shoo away that dark cloud of pessimism and let me lend you my pair of rose-coloured glasses ;p?

    • I’m a bit leery too. >.>

  8. Julian Hall says:

    I’m wary of ‘crowd pleasing’ non-canon content, such as wedging Legolas into it just for the Orlando Bloom fans – as true Tolkien readers know Legolas wasn’t •in• The Hobbit. To my mind there was enough fiddling with LOTR just to give Liv Tyler and Hugo Weaving more airtime. Yes the idea is to make money, but not by spoiling it for true fans.

    However, I am encouraged by PJ’s mention of the appendices. Provided it’s all, or at least the vast majority, canon I’ll be happy.

  9. Sarah Subcreator says:

    How much more money grubbing can you get?

  10. I’m very leery and bouncing between downright not a fan and hopeful. But I can not say i’m in favor of it. Not enough info.

  11. I think PJ has done an admirable job and will continue to do so – he has gone to war with movie execs in the past and, unlike LOTR, now has the success of the former films to give himself a little more weight in the boardrooms with these Hollywood heavies. Why do people have knee jerk reactions in believing that the creation of a third movie equates to simply caring about profit? I’m sure PJ could and would have stood up to execs who demanded a third movie to pad their wallets if it would undermine the quality of his films. Sure I’m not a fan of adding the warrior elf character, but PJ uses his judgement in what he thinks will make a film more interesting to the casual fan – as long as the core story remains intact I’m happy.

    If LOTR was made along the lines that some of the purists wanted, it may not have garnered as much interest and there would be no Hobbit films; not to mention what the trilogy did in opening up the doors for fantasy as a viable genre.

    • Contrasts with Christopher Tolkien’s recent comment regarding the commercialization of his father’s work. However I think Christopher may be looking at things from a very different, and perhaps a purists viewpoint, of which he of all people, is entitled to do so.

      That said though, I remember when the movies first came out and there were all these cheap value meal trinkets you got with a happy meal. At first I was horrified, and then I started to see that people everywhere were starting to read these books for the first time. All these people being introduced to one of the great literary works of the last century isn’t too bad. A whole new generation and group of people introduced to this great story, and being affected by it in a positive way.

      So yes, there are those who will milk the franchise for their own purposes (of which I applaud PJ for his integrity in making these films and agree with Tyler), but the flip side is all these people reading the books for the first time. The merchandising may tarnish or cheapen it somehow…but once you read the books all of that vanishes away 🙂

      I for one would love to see a serialized version of the appendices. So much there to work with.

    • Here is all I’m going to say:

      I understand these companies are out to make money. That’s good, and I will NEVER say someone shouldn’t milk a good thing to provide for their families. If they have the means and talent to create such great content, they should definitely do so.

      That being said, I can’t imagine how the story of one book could possibly be put into three movies and not feel as if the last movie is rushed. Also, what happens if the second movie is so slow the passion for a third movie has been extinguished? The reason why the LOTR movie trilogy worked is because each book had it’s own subplot that was essential to the over story. None of the movies felt slow because they all had a unique storyline to keep you attentive. How will a three part Hobbit movie work? How will the resolve the second movie in order to make you feel compelled to see the third, without it feeling like a hastily created cliffhanger? I just don’t understand purist-story-wise how this can work. When more information becomes available as to what the third movie will entail, whether it will be a true bridge to the LOTR movies, or if they will stretch the battle of the Five Armies over a few hours, I will withhold being thoroughly angry and annoyed at this turn of events.

      Want to be clear however: I am not angry that it may come off as a money grab. The filmakers work hard on this and deserve every penny that they make. But i again don’t see how a third movie will work without more information as to the story that apparently hasn’t gotten across in the first two films.

  12. elfenears says:

    I am very happy at the prospect of the third hobbit film. Peter Jackson has shown us he makes awesome films set in middle earth and if he thinks he can make a third, I’m happy to see and judge the result when it arrives in two years.
    Personally I love all the little facts and history contained in the appendices so I’ll be happy to see it have a chance to live on film.
    If it does not work we still have the Professor’s books to return too!!!

  13. Sweet. I want this to be true only if they are doing the full Quest for Erebor background story but I can’t wonder a little bit if it isn’t just a money grab and that the movies might be a little watered down.

  14. Put me in the group with the ecstatic. I see no reason at all to believe Legolas wasn’t in Mirkwood at the time of the Hobbit. I might have a slight problem with a romance between an elf and a dwarf I’m hearing rumors of, but I suppose if I can deal with Saruman dying on a waterwheel and Aragorn going over a cliff, I can probably deal with whatever else. The way I see it is, no one else has attempted to come as close as PJ has at getting a visual of the story out there and causing more and more people to be drawn to the books. If it is a money grab, then they’ll be grabbing mine. I’m still putting money into Lotro, still buying books written by and about Tolkien and his world, so why would I not spend more on movies as well? I’m sure PJ realizes this is probably the last chance for him to be working with Middle-earth so…yeah, I would go all out if it were me.

  15. I’m sure there will be things about these movies that drive me crazy, but I think the LoTR movies are awesome and I will probably think the same thing about the Hobbit movies.

  16. theviking says:

    I love this! PJ could risk overstaying his welcome in Middle-Earth but I’m not convinced that that is going to happen. I think he just happened to step into more story than expected. And with the success of the LOTR films, I suspect that the studio was willing to give him some freedom to expand things more.
    All of that is to say that I’m 90% sure that PJ and company will do well with this. Of course, I’ll also be in the vanguard of people complaining about all the changes. It’s part of my training to be a grumpy old man. 🙂

  17. It sounds like they’re going to start mining The Unfinished Tales and perhaps, if we’re lucky, The Silmarillion. What’ I’d like to see is the Downfall of Numenor done by PJ and his crew. That would be so epic! It’s got everything – high drama, awesome action scenes, and a chance for animators and model makers to shine. I wonder how many decades have to pass before we get to see that…

    • I HATE saying this…but we’d be lucky if we never see a Silmarillion movie. I can;t imagine how they’d screw up the fight between Sauron and Finrod. I can see them having to omit the fact this was a battle of Song and the power the two had. I can see Finrod being able to dodge conjured fireballs.

      The Akallabeth would be interesting to see if done right, however. I just shudder to think of the many ways the Silmarillion as a whole can be ruined.

  18. I’m imagining a possible long intro, that really delves into the dwarves history that leads up to their need to go back to the Lonely Mountain. We don’t know where each film will “end”, but only assume the first one will end “with the dwarves escape from Mirkwood” that has been speculated. Maybe instead of two 3 hour films we’ll have three 2.5 hour films? Still gives more material, and maybe not everyone likes a 3 hour sit at a time. I remember an uproar over Tom Bombidil being left out of the LOTR, maybe this way, nothing gets left out of the Hobbit. Frankly, I’m very excited about the prospect of the dwarves pre Hobbit history and extensive coverage of the White Council.

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  20. I’m mostly reserving judgment until I have seen the first movie, but… I’ll be honest. I am both excited and nervous as all get out about the Hobbit movies at all. I was too young to experience this apprehension with the Lord of the Rings, but I am definitely old enough now and the only solid thing I have against three movies as opposed to two is that my health is likely to be at-risk for an additional year… 😛

  21. Imo this does not bode well for the canon, the FILM canon. How much new “stuff”, as Tolkien might have termed it, are they going to have to dredge from their minds to make a third film?

  22. I wish Arwen were in the new movies somehow. If Peter Jackson can bring characters such as Legolas, Galadriel, and Frodo back, then why can’t he bring Arwen back? And Aragorn too. They’re so awesome. I know it would have been virtually impossible for the first movie, and possibly the second, but he should have made the genius brain of his do a little more work and figure out how to incorporate them in somehow. And if at all possible, Gimli should have come back. But is that asking too much?