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If it was anyone else, I'd be skeptical about Peter Jackson's decision to stretch The Hobbit movie into a trilogy, but let's face it, if you're a Tolkien fan, you know what a great job he made of the Lord of the Rings (even if he did leave out The Scouring of the Shire). 
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I look forward to seeing how he mixes all the backstory and 'offstage' action into the movies. 

The only downside as I see it, is having to wait for the Summer of 2014 for the third movie, which means we won't get to see the whole thing in a nice DVD package until December of that year.

How about you?

How do you feel about The Hobbit becoming a trilogy?


How do you feel about The Hobbit becoming a trilogy?

More Hobbit = more fun
6(15.4%)
Not sure, but I'll give old P.J. the benefit of the doubt.
26(66.7%)
Trilogy shmilogy. It's just an excuse to squeeze more money from the punters.
4(10.3%)
They're making a movie from The Hobbit? Why wasn't I told?
1(2.6%)
What's a Hobbit?
0(0.0%)
Something else, which I'll explain in the comments.
2(5.1%)

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msstacy13
Aug. 5th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'd rather make three trips to the library
to borrow the DVDs, even a year apart,
than see a tissue-thin failure
to capture the essence of the book.
jongibbs
Aug. 6th, 2012 08:53 am (UTC)
I don't think there's any danger of that happening :)
starry_diadem
Aug. 5th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
My only concern is that he'll bloat it to fill out with his original characters - like the female elf whose name I can't remember because she isn't in the Hobbit but apparently has a big part. And really, it's a much shorter book. I'm unconvinced that it can be stretched into a trilogy without it ending up as Bilbo says he feels (in LoTR) - "... like butter spread over too much bread." I suspect there will be a lot of the bread of Peter Jackson's spinning, with the Tolkien butter getting thinly spread.

That said, I did love the LoTR films even as I gaped at things like elves at Helms Deep and whoa, what *did* he do to Faramir's character?! I'll give it a chance.
jongibbs
Aug. 6th, 2012 08:57 am (UTC)
I'm guessing we'll see a fair bit of Middle Earth from other Tolkien books, as well as some 'fill in the gaps' scenes which were referred to, but not delved too far into in the actual book eg: Smaug's initial arrival at the Lonely Mountain, Gandalf's adventure while Bilbo et al travel through Mirkwood etc.
raisinbottom
Aug. 5th, 2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
The Hobbit is a wee bit over 300 pages. It'd be best as a television mini-series or a Christopher Nolan-length film. Two films is sketchy which would've garnered your "Not sure, but I'll give old P.J. the benefit of the doubt" yet three films is infeasible and I dread it being tedious.

Perhaps someone will do a Phantom Edit condensing it into one film without ruining the narrative.
jongibbs
Aug. 6th, 2012 08:58 am (UTC)
Keep the faith, Adrian. Keep the faith :)
bodgei
Aug. 5th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
The book isn’t that long, I can see it as 2 films easily, but three may be pushing it.
jongibbs
Aug. 6th, 2012 08:59 am (UTC)
I think it depends on whether he makes three, 3-hour epics, like he did with LotR, or makes each one a more manageable 2 hours(ish) in length.
bodgei
Aug. 6th, 2012 10:47 am (UTC)
Well I hope he dosn't make it a nine hour movie - I love the Hobbit but not quite that much.
ladysaotome
Aug. 5th, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
The book isn't very long - but I believe he is planning to supplement with all the backstory that is included in the appendices. (Speaking of additional material - The Silmarillion is something that would be amazing to see as a miniseries.
jongibbs
Aug. 6th, 2012 09:01 am (UTC)
You know, I must have read LotR 25-30 times, but despite my best efforts, I never once managed to make it through the first 100 pages of The Silmarilion.
ladysaotome
Aug. 6th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Really? The very, very beginning with the Valar and multiple "formings" of the world is pretty slow. But once the elves woke up, I got sucked in to the story. It's a lot like reading the old testament - so much history. Especially the epicness of the tale of Beren & Luthien (I stumbled across a website last night & found out those names are on Tolkien's and his wife's grave!). And the friendship \between Maedhros & Fingon.
wordsrmylife
Aug. 5th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
I'm with bodgei--I can see the book as two films, but three feels like a stretch. I'm also worried about what might be left out (the absence of Tom Bombadil in LOTR still rankles). T

Also, trilogies where required are fine, but I'm beginning to think they've become a default.
jongibbs
Aug. 6th, 2012 09:02 am (UTC)
Oddly enough, I didn't mind him missing out Tom Bombadil, especially since he used the tree scene elsewhere in the movies :)
ken_schneyer
Aug. 5th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
Heck, with three frigging movies, he can put the Scouring of the Shire into #3! :P

Just so long as -- please, please! -- Movie 3 isn't called The Battle of the Five Armies!
jongibbs
Aug. 6th, 2012 09:02 am (UTC)
Hehehehe :)
sallymn
Aug. 6th, 2012 07:02 am (UTC)
I'm with those who are dubious that there's enough story in The Hobbit... but quite prepared to be proven wrong :)
jongibbs
Aug. 6th, 2012 09:03 am (UTC)
Old P.J. hasn't let us down yet :)
calli_scribbles
Aug. 6th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
There's a lot of stuff in there (and there will probably be battle scenes that take a lot of time which aren't in the book because Bilbo didn't witness them...) so breaking it up seems to me to be a somewhat decent idea. And making it a "trilogy" (though they might have to shoehorn in more backstory, which wouldn't be a bad thing, to do so,) is probably a better move than being all part 1 and part 2, lest anyone think they were imitating the Harry Potter franchise.

I'm still annoyed that they left Glorifindel out of the Lord of the Rings, but I guess it was a somewhat decent trade for having more time to flesh out Arwen and bring that backstory in.
jongibbs
Aug. 6th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
I always felt sorry for the actor hired to play Theodin's son. Unless he actually knew the book, he probably thought it was a big role :)
calli_scribbles
Aug. 6th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Director: "You get to play the king's son!"
Actor: "Oh, great! Why is my script only one page long?"
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