Being a big Tolkien Fan I was excited when I heard recently that Director Peter Jackson’s has decided to turn the forthcoming film adaptation of The Hobbit into a trilogy. The eagerly anticipated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book, starring Martin Freeman, (The Office, Sherlock), as Bilbo Baggins. was originally supposed to be in two parts but Peter has said that the richness of the story of The Hobbit is enough to support a third film.
They also decided to include some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings and Unfinished Tales, in order to tell more of the tale and soon realized how compelling and engaging the story was and wanted to tell more of the tale of Bilbo Baggins, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur, which would all remain untold if they did not go into more detail with this complex and wonderful adventure.
Jackson said that extending the project to three films “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 and will make for an even more exciting journey. The first film in the trilogy, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ will be released December 14, 2012, with the second film on December 13, 2013, and the third film will be released summer 2014.
Some are worried that while The Lord of the Rings which consisted of three parts totalling 1,008 pages could be adapted into three separate films, The Hobbit, on the other hand, is only 310 pages long and may require rewriting and the addition of new scenes and characters in order to stretch it over three films. Personally I Think t’s a great idea I’m also hoping that Howard Shore does the Movie Theme Music , and they use Alan Lee’s Concept art as well.