'The Hobbit' Will Be Two Films, Not Three

If you were sitting at home this past weekend channel surfing, most likely you film fans briefly stopped over on TNT while they aired all three Lord of the Rings films back-to-back-to-back. I watched parts of each film on HD, which totally pumped me up for the Blu-ray release of all three films later this year (pre-order it now on Amazon) – and to know that Peter Jackson and Guillermo Del Toro are working on another couple of trips back to Middle Earth just added to the excitement.

Speaking of, Jackson and Del Toro spoke to Empire for their 20th Birthday Issue (guest edited by Steven Spielberg, no less) and they dished out a few details on their upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit, which, for those who don’t know, is the book that came before The Fellowship of the Ring. Up until now, rumor had it they were going to fit the entire Hobbit adaptation into one film, and then use the second film as a sort of bridge between Hobbit and Fellowship – bringing back characters from the original trilogy like Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), what have you … Now, however, Del Toro and Jackson have decided to use both films specifically for The Hobbit.

Says Del Toro, "We’ve decided to have The Hobbit span the two movies, including the White Council and the comings and goings of Gandalf to Dol Guldur." Jackson adds, "We decided it would be a mistake to try to cram everything into one movie. The essential brief was to do The Hobbit, and it allows us to make The Hobbit in a little more style, if you like, of the [LOTR] trilogy.” Recent rumors suggested the men were also toying with the idea of doing a third movie, and that would obviously act as the so-called “bridge” film, which would also allow for them to reunite the previous LOTR cast.

That said three films is a huge undertaking…especially when different casts and stories are involved. If I were a betting man, I’d throw down my money on two films for now. And hey, two are certainly better than one, right?

Look for the first Hobbit film to hit theaters in December 2011, with the second to follow in December 2012. What say you: Are you excited for more Lord of the Rings action?

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