‘The Hobbit’ To Be Three Films
Peter Jackson breaks the news:
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.
I find this prospect both exciting and disconcerting. It’s what I’d do if I were at the helm: incorporate tales and details Tolkien developed after composing The Hobbit. I would go so far as to film a brief appearance of ten-year-old Aragorn in Rivendell, reading a book or writing a song. However, Jackson and company didn’t endear me to their storytelling style with The Lord of the Rings, and I’m not convinced a three part division would work well in their hands. The Hobbit is a simpler story better suited to their talents; their expanding it spells trouble. My Shelob sense in tingling.