This Week’s Sign of the Apocalypse – ‘The Hobbit’ Could Be A Trilogy

Posted: July 24, 2012 in Movies

Look, I’m a Peter Jackson fan…I really am.  He’s a visionary film director who knows how to capture the scrawling epic like no other.  However, I just can’t wrap my brain around how he could even consider making his upcoming Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit, a trilogy?

Take the LotR trilogy for example, the source material was there, it was already established.  All Jackson had to do was adapt the parts he wanted to fit his film, embellish some details, make some parts more fantastic than others, and create/mold interesting characters.  For the most part, he did all of that with the end result making him millions upon millions of dollars and netting endless Oscar nominations and wins.  It literally was Peter Jackson’s claim to fame.  Had you even heard of Peter Jackson before he directed those three films?  Nope, didn’t think so.  So what makes Peter Jackson think he can take a book as beloved as The Hobbit – and not a very long book at that – and turn it into a scrawling epic that will span a potential three films?

We already know that there will be two Hobbit films; The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.  Isn’t that enough?  What’s being reported by The Hollywood Reporter is that Jackson is in “deep talks” with Warner Bros. to make a third Hobbit film that would follow up There and Back Again.  Is Peter Jackson just going to make shit up in Tolkien’s universe now?  Is he going to ruin that for everyone?  Dear lord I hope not.  As the book goes, The Hobbit is very lax on the action and plays up the dialogue ten fold.  Are we really going to see road trip movie three times about a Hobbit and the Seven Dwarves as they try to steal some treasure from a dragon?  Really, Peter?   The only character I’m even remotely interested in is Gollum and that’s mainly because I’ve got a huge hard on for anything Andy Serkis does (not really, but you get the point).

Like I said, I enjoyed the LotR trilogy and I also enjoyed King Kong – although The Lovely Bones wore thin on me – but I can’t fathom another three movie JRR Tolkien adaptation.  I just can’t.

Warner Bros. has never been about preserving source material, so this movie is right up their alley.  Just wait and see what they do to the Batman franchise now that Nolan is gone.

Via Cinemablend


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