Peter Jackson might have third 'Hobbit' movie in the works
July 25th, 2012
11:32 AM ET

Peter Jackson might have third 'Hobbit' movie in the works

Neither of the anticipated "Hobbit" films has arrived in theaters yet, but there are already reports surfacing that “The Lord of the Rings” filmmaker Peter Jackson may have a third installment up his sleeve.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Jackson and studio Warner Bros. (which is owned by the same parent company as CNN) are seeking to stretch the two-film “Hobbit” franchise into a trilogy, with Jackson on board to oversee all of them.

Principal photography on the first two films wrapped in New Zealand this month, with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" scheduled to be released on December 14 of this year, followed by "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" on December 13, 2013.

It sounds as if Jackson indicated to the studio that there was enough material from J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic to create a third film, according to three people who were not authorized to speak publicly, per the L.A. Times. What would be held to explore in a third film and how that would affect the initial two isn't known, but the Times suggests that it could also potentially focus on adapting material from "The Lord of the Rings" appendixes, which hasn't been done before.

But apparently it’s not a done deal yet, as there are reportedly a number of actors and rights-holders who must be legally consulted first.

To that end, says the newspaper, talks with a number of the franchise’s key actors — including Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen — are currently underway.

Neither the studio nor Jackson have commented on the reports.

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  1. Matt

    Each LOTR movie got worse as Jackson somehow thought he could write a better story. Not. Elves at Helm's Deep? Are you kidding me? Most likely he'll butcher the Hobbit as well. Arwen was not in the Hobbit.

    July 30, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Evenstar13

    As a historian, Tolkiens literary work is beyond amazing. Wth the 4 books (The Hobbitt, The Lord of the Rings and its appendixies, The Silmilrillion and Children of Hurin), one has a history of twenty thousand or more years of something that never happened. The intracate layers of this story as a whole, is nothing short of genius. If Peter Jackson does as well with the Hobbitt and if he does one on the appendixes, it should be quite amazing andwill be well worth the wait.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. moviefan

    i realize more now-your a machine!

    July 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frodo

    Nothing will compare to my adventures, my Precious!

    July 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    If you're going to do another movie besides The Hobbit then do Children of Hurin which is a completed book! and not a bunch of random scribblings!

    July 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BookFan

    I can't help but think that Hollywood will do whatever it takes to eke out a few more bucks from the fans. The Hobitt MIGHT be two movies. But 3 is a stretch.

    July 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • BostonMonkey

      The Hobbit can easily be the two 3-hour movies they plan. I can't wait!!

      Agreed, a third may be too much considering they do the whole story in the first two.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • BookFan

      Ugh – I misspelled Hobbit. FAIL!

      July 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Oscar Pitchfork

    For those of you who have actually READ The Hobbit, remember this: there was a lot of material and activity that was sort of glossed over, as it were, by Tolkien, that later on, in the LOTR became more expanded. Gandalf left the Dwarves and Bilbo at the edge of the Old Forest to take care of "some pressing business in the South". At the end of the story, you find out that this was when him and the other wizards drove out 'the Necromancer" (who was later revealed to be Sauron" from his fortress in Dol Gulder. This can be massively expanded and played out in a movie. As well as the involvment with Beorn, with the Lake people and Bard, their 'Captain", and the long period of time that Bilbo had to stay hidden, invisible, in the Elvish King Thingol's stronghold. This is what people who write screenplays do.

    July 26, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Evenstar13

      Thingol was the king of Doriath, with Melian his Maiar queen, in the land of Beleriand, which was swallowed by the sea when Morgoth was finally defeated and the ban of Valinor lifted. The Elvish king who held the dwarves captive in the Hobbitt was Thranduil, Legolas' father.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hey!

    Is that what trolls look like? No wonder they are so nasty on here.

    July 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe

    This annoys me. The dialog in the LOTR movies was taken almost entirely verbatim from the novels. So now what? Jackson deems himself to be as a good a writer as Tolkien was? He's just going to wing it?

    July 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Horsie Man

      No, dinkus, he'll either split The Hobbit in half and then have the second book "There and Back Again" or whatever it is called be the third, or The Hobbit will be one movie and the other book will be two. WHY IS THAT SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND?! Gawd people on this site are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO dumb!

      July 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      THERE IS NO OTHER BOOK!!!! There is literally just scribblings by Tolkien about the time between The Hobbit and LOTR. Meaning Jackson will be MAKING UP TWO HOURS OF DIALOG!

      So it is in fact, YOU who are dumb!

      July 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JTDT

      Um dude, Tolkien wasn't that great of a writer. While the plots were amazing his books manage to be quite boring. He goes into way to much detail, and overall lacks the ability to create an amazing and thrilling book. Great plot and story, dull read. You would know that if you have read them. Jackson can do just as good if not better with help of other writers.

      July 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustWilliam

      As noted in the article, there are existing appendixes with much to offer. 'The Silmarillion" is also a rich source that so many Tolkien "fans" seem to forget.

      July 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. National Velvet

    3rd leg huh?

    July 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lovie

    ugh who are these people..LOL

    July 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mr. Horsie Man

    What a coincidence! I have a third leg in my pants! :O

    July 25, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Bilbo Teabaggins

      Dont worry, Gandalf will be wrapping that 4th leg around you momentarily

      July 27, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |

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