Hobbit, the Movie

Peter Jackson, who directed “The Lord of the Rings” movies, has finally untangled some legal complexities and will start filming The Hobbit next year. He is splitting Tolkien’s novel into two separate films, with the first to be released in 2010 and the second in 2011.

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  • Eric

    At three hours each, that would give us 6 hours to get there and back again. Will it be enough to get a scene for scene stagging of the book?

  • Eric

    At three hours each, that would give us 6 hours to get there and back again. Will it be enough to get a scene for scene stagging of the book?

  • I’m excited! But why two movies for one book? Each of the LotR books (which were all longer than The Hobbit) got one movie apiece. Well, I’m hoping the reason for this decision is for creative–and not financial–reasons.

  • I’m excited! But why two movies for one book? Each of the LotR books (which were all longer than The Hobbit) got one movie apiece. Well, I’m hoping the reason for this decision is for creative–and not financial–reasons.

  • S Bauer

    For those of us who “geek out” on the Tolkien universe, every detail that can be included is preciousssss. Making two movies to do so will make sure everything in the book is documented. And just because Jackson proposes to make two movies, it doesn’t mean these will be three hours long. Perhaps the book will be covered in 4 hours total running time.

    But I suspect the real reason is that each film of the Ring grossed over 300 million. 1 film x $300M = $300M. 2 films x $300M = $600M.

  • S Bauer

    For those of us who “geek out” on the Tolkien universe, every detail that can be included is preciousssss. Making two movies to do so will make sure everything in the book is documented. And just because Jackson proposes to make two movies, it doesn’t mean these will be three hours long. Perhaps the book will be covered in 4 hours total running time.

    But I suspect the real reason is that each film of the Ring grossed over 300 million. 1 film x $300M = $300M. 2 films x $300M = $600M.

  • Okay, but if he signs off on an 18-picture Silmarillion deal, I may have to say that’s too far.

  • Okay, but if he signs off on an 18-picture Silmarillion deal, I may have to say that’s too far.

  • It’s not so surprising that there will be two movies, considering the amount of excellent material either left out or grossly diminished in the trilogy. Of course, it could be that money thing, too…

  • It’s not so surprising that there will be two movies, considering the amount of excellent material either left out or grossly diminished in the trilogy. Of course, it could be that money thing, too…

  • Okay, I’ve heard elsewhere that the first movie will be based on The Hobbit and the second movie will detail events (taken from other Tolkien writings) that take place between The Hobbit and Fellowship of the Ring. That’s a much better excuse for two movies than splitting The Hobbit in two.

  • Okay, I’ve heard elsewhere that the first movie will be based on The Hobbit and the second movie will detail events (taken from other Tolkien writings) that take place between The Hobbit and Fellowship of the Ring. That’s a much better excuse for two movies than splitting The Hobbit in two.