Peter Jackson’s Upcoming “Hobbit” Movie to Be a Trilogy
In August of 2012, director Peter Jackson, who is currently working on “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” announced that the movie will be released as a trilogy. The announcement came over a year into production, during which time Jackson had asserted that the story would cover just two movies.
Jackson, who also directed “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, made the decision based on the story itself. Without a third movie, he said, a great deal of the adventure would have to be cut out. As a service to the material and to the fans, he has chosen to extend the films.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, “The Hobbit.” It is famous for its complexity; in the process of writing the book, Tolkien developed extensive details of his imaginary world, including several languages. Tolkien scholars marvel over MoviesDa the detail and the histories that the author created. Jackson is no exception; he noted that without going into depth about some of the history of the story, such as the rise of the Necromancer, large parts of the tale would remain untold.
“The Hobbit” follows the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who lives a quiet life in the Shire. When a wizard and a group of dwarves show up at his door, Bilbo finds himself swept away on an unplanned journey. In the company of his new friends, Bilbo experiences the most beautiful and the most awful things Middle Earth has to offer.
Given the sheer extent of Bilbo’s escapades, it comes as no surprise that Jackson chose to add a third movie. The book is rich with detail and adventure, giving filmmakers more than enough material to work with. In the first few chapters alone, Bilbo and company leave home, encounter man-eating trolls, plunder a treasure stash and find shelter at Rivendell, the legendary home of the elves. Leaving the elves, they run from rock giants, escape a storm, and get caught up by a pack of nasty goblins in the underground chambers of the Misty Mountains.
One of the key moments in “The Hobbit” that is certain to warrant a significant scene in the movie is when Bilbo meets Gollum. The hobbit-turned-evil-creature lurks in the depths of the mountains, carrying the ring and eating goblins. Through a terrifying series of events, Bilbo ends up with the ring, thus changing his fate and the fate of his nephew, Frodo.
At this point in the book, readers have just reached the end of Chapter Five, leaving 14 adventure-filled chapters. After Jackson’s announcement, many fans speculated that the first movie would not reach much farther than the end of the great goblin escape. In fact, much of the commotion and discussion surrounding the trilogy has focused on how the movies will be divided-and, particularly, if the end of the first movie would be changed before its release in December of 2012.
In the ensuing chapters, Bilbo and his companions make friends with giant eagles, meet a man who turns into a bear, escape through a dark wood, get caught by giant spiders, escape the dungeons of the Elvenking and float down the river in barrels to Lake Town. From there, they must still accomplish their initial goal-to rid the Lonely Mountain of the dragon, Smaug. At the conclusion of the book, they fight the Battle of Five Armies.
Many fans and critics have suggested that the second movie in the series will follow Bilbo and the dwarves as they fight Smaug and that the final movie will talk about the Battle of Five Armies. Jackson and his crew, however, have not released specific details about the script for each movie.