It looks like we're getting closer to seeing the Hobbit trilogy that Peter Jackson teased at Comic-Con! The director wants the third Hobbit film to happen, and he's now in talks with Warner Bros. and taking the steps to making it happen! So the trilogy idea went from being "premature" to if they do it, they have to do it soon.
According to THR they are "exploring the logistics of what it would take to make another movie. Those talks are said to have accelerated in recent days, with the studio on board if the right financial arrangements can be achieved. That includes securing new actor deals for the expansive cast as well as shoring up certain rights associated with the property (The Hobbit has a long a tortured rights history.)"
A studio insider said, “If we’re going to do it, we have to make a decision soon. It’s strongly driven by the filmmakers’ desire to tell more of the story.” I have no doubt that Jackson will do everything in his power to make this happen, and I truly hope it does! It would be amazing to see another epic middle earth trilogy! The source continued, "It’s about taking the chance to tell more of the incredible tale with the cast we have assembled."
In a previous interview, Jackson explained how he would be able to take the short Hobbit book and turn it into three films:
…we haven’t just adapted The Hobbit; we’ve adapted that book plus great chunks of his appendices and woven it all together. The movie explains where Gandalf goes; the book never does. We’ve explained it using Tolkien’s own notes. That helped inform the tone of the movie, because it allowed us to pull in material he wrote in The Lord of the Rings era and incorporate it with The Hobbit. So we kept the charm and the whimsy of the fairy tale quality through the characters. Through the dwarves and Bilbo, who is more of a humorous character. He doesn’t try to be funny but we find him funny and find his predicament more amusing than that of Frodo in The Lord of the Rings. That was more serious. So the whimsy is there, but tonally I wanted to make it as similar to The Lord of the Rings, because I wanted it to be possible for the people, the crazy people in the world who want to watch these films back to back one day…
I can't wait to see how this turns out! I'm extremely excited to see how he tells this epic tale! How do you feel about seeing a third Hobbit film, and what do you hope to see from it?
The first installment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is set for release on December 14th. The second film, called The Hobbit: There An Back Again, is set to hit theaters on Dec. 13th, 2013. I imagine that the third film would be released in December of 2014.