I don’t know about you, but ever since I heard that Peter Jackson would be visiting Middle Earth again in order to create a film adaptation of The Hobbit I have been absolutely giddy. Then I heard that he was going to split it up into two films. The news surprised me since it is a smaller book than any of the three volumes that make up The Lord of the Rings, but I shrugged and was glad that I would be able to spend even more time in this incredible world.
Several days ago a new announcement was made. After looking at all the footage, Jackson decided that there was more of the tale he wanted to tell, so he decided to turn The Hobbit into a three part film series instead of two. I must admit, when I first heard this news I thought it was a bit ridiculous. Jackson was able to take three much longer books and turn them each into one film for The Lord of the Rings, so why does he need three films for The Hobbit?
There has been much debate amongst the fans on whether or not this was a good decision and both sides have valid points. Jackson does seem to genuinely care for this story and he will be using material from some of Tolkein’s work outside of The Hobbit (similar to how Jackson pulled the Aragorn/Arwen love story from the appendices) to flesh it out, but will it be enough to make three good films? I don’t know.
The only thing I am certain of is that, no matter how odd I think this decision may be, I will be in line to see all three of these films when they are released in the theaters. I love the world that Tolkein created and Jackson brought to life, so I will take any chance I have to visit and I will do so with a huge smile.
What do you think about the decision for three movies? Do you trust Jackson and his vision? Will you see any or all of these films? Let me know in the comments.