Someone has been dipping into the Southfarthing weed again.
Lord of the Rings is probably one of the most epic trilogies ever put to film (as in it is among the ranks of Star Wars and The Dark Knight), and Peter Jackson is heavily responsible for that. When word got out that there was going to be a film based on The Hobbit, we all knew who the man for the job would be, Peter Jackson. Eventually he got the job and then we were told that the single book that was There and Back Again was being split into two films.
We were okay with that. Who could really complain about more awesome Tolkien based adventure? Plus, Harry Potter had already done the whole splitting a book in two and that worked out rather well. But then Peter Jackson gets this crazy idea “Why don’t we split it again, turning it into a trilogy.” Those weren’t his exact words. These are his exact words: ”I’d like to shoot a bunch more material that we can’t shoot. There’s so much good stuff in the appendices that we haven’t been able to squeeze into these movies.”
Word around the New Zealand water cooler is that Jackson has been talking with his wife and producer Fran Walsh as well as writer-producer Philippa Boyens to determine whether or not shooting two more months of footage is even possible, given the contracts of the actors and money and Warner Bros. The end result may be splitting the second film into two, adding on the extended footage to make two independent films. The point is, this could actually happen, however unlikely as it may appear. What may be more likely is that we end up with insanely long extended editions of the films when they come out on DVD and Blu-ray.
But isn’t this a bit crazy? Turning one book into not just two, but three films? At some point you have to question just how much material is logically available to be put into a film, and whether or not even stretching out into the appendices is enough to warrant a third installment. What say you readers? Would you be willing to watch The Hobbit Trilogy over the next three years?