Hail, Caesar!, the newest film from the Coen brothers, opens this Friday. The film is set in 1950s Hollywood, and one of its central plot elements is a movie-within-the-movie — also called Hail, Caesar! — that depicts the crucifixion of Jesus. This got me wondering, how many other films have depicted the making of a Bible movie?
Ever since Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of the Lord of the Rings trilogy made nearly three billion dollars worldwide — and earned seventeen Oscars between the three films, to boot — it has been a given that someone, somewhere would make a prequel based on the book that introduced the world to Hobbits in the first place.
But there were certain obvious questions hanging over the inevitable follow-up.
First Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was split into two movies. Then The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn was split into two movies, the second of which comes out later this year. And then, just a few weeks ago, it was announced that Mockingjay, the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, would be split into two movies, too.
Peter Jackson, who practically invented the multi-movie franchise by filming all three parts of The Lord of the Rings in one fell swoop, and who had already committed to splitting its prequel The Hobbit into two movies, apparently decided he needed to do something a little extra, just to stay ahead of the pack. And so, last night, on Facebook, he confirmed the rumours that had been swirling around last week, and announced that The Hobbit will now be a trilogy all unto itself.