At ComicCon The Hobbit director Peter Jackson spoke openly about his desire to shoot more of Middle Earth, and said discussions were taking place about potentially shooting more footage next year which may end up as “extended editions or whatnot”.
There were suggestions that a third film could be made, with Jackson using 125 pages of additional notes where Tolkien expanded the world of The Hobbit published at the end of Return of the King. Now it looks like a third film may be on the cards.
From Heat Vision:
…sources say that studio Warner Bros., Jackson, producer Fran Walsh and writer-producer Philippa Boyens began 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.)
“If we’re going to do it, we have to make a decision soon,” says a source close to the production. “It’s strongly driven by the filmmakers’ desire to tell more of the story.”
During the early days of The Hobbit there was talk of making a “bridge” movie set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings which would be based on appendix material written by J.R.R. Tolkien. That idea was eventually dropped and the decision was made to split The Hobbit into two films instead, but Jackson has obviously been thinking about the “bridge” movie now that filming on The Hobbit is over.
Some fans will argue a third film isn’t needed and just splitting The Hobbit into two films was a stretch. How can Jackson make a trilogy flow when it’s only based on one book and some of Tolkien’s extra material? Obviously there will be some who want as much Middle Earth as they can get, so a Hobbit trilogy with the potential return of some familiar characters from The Lord of the Rings (such as Aragorn) would be welcomed.
Should Jackson make a third Hobbit film? Or would you prefer he just bulked up the extended editions?