Well it would appear that Peter Jackson needed just two weeks to persuade the folks over at Warner Brothers and New Line to let him make a third Hobbit film (something tells me they probably didn’t need much convincing). Earlier this month at Comic-Con, it was reported that Peter Jackson wanted to turn 125 pages of additional notes into another film and make The Hobbit into a trilogy, just like The Lord of the Rings. While his wording was somewhat vague and some had disputed the fact that he actually intended to make a third film, this week it has all been confirmed and verified and the third film now has an estimated release date. Unlike the other two films, however, it won’t be getting a holiday release. Here’s what Peter Jackson had to say about the announcement:
“The richness of the story, 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… So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of The Hobbit films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three.”
According to Variety, the movie is being planned for release in summer 2014, just six or seven months after the second film hits theatres. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will still be released on December 14th, 2012, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again will follow on Dec. 13th, 2013. No title for the third film has been announced as of yet. So what do you think… are you looking forward to even more Tolkien or has Peter Jackson simply become too attached to the material?