Peter Jackson’s two-part movie adaptation of The Hobbit will now be turned into a trilogy. This is according to the press release made by Warner Bros. Jackson said that the richness of the story led to the decision of making a third movie out of it. The third movie is set to be released in the summer of 2014.
The decision was announced by President and Chief Operating Officer of New Line Cinema Toby Emmerich, President of Warner Bros. Pictures Group Jeff Robinov, and Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum.
Jackson recently wrapped principal photography on what he originally planned as a two-movie adaptation of The Hobbit. It features British actor Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. The movie is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 prequel to The Lord of the Rings, which is a trilogy of novels that Jackson made into three Oscar-winning movies from 2001 to 2003.
Jackson said that he and his co-screenwriters Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh realized that much of the story of Baggins, the rise of the Necromancer, the Dwarves of Erebor, and the Battle of Dol Guldor would not be included if they stick to a two movie deal. They came to the conclusion right after they watched the rough cuts of the first two Hobbit movies.
Emmerich said that they support Peter Jackson and his vision for bringing the grand adventure to the screen over three movies. Peter, Philippa and Fran’s reverence for the material and their understanding of the characters will result into an exciting and expanded journey that will please fans across the globe.
Jackson added that he is delighted that MGM, New Line and Warner Bros. are also enthusiastic about bringing fans a lot more through three films. The first movie of the series, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will be released December 14. It will be followed by the second movie on December 13, 2013. All three movies will be available in 2D, 3D and IMAX.