Yes, it's now official: Peter Jackson's two-picture release of The Hobbit is to become a three-picture release; the prequel to Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy is to be ––– another trilogy!
Those of us with a nose for such things expected nothing less!
What now remains to be seen is whether my two books on the making of the films will become three books or whether the second title (originally scheduled to coincide with the second movie) will now be delayed until the release of the third.
As this photo shows, I am not the only one with questions on my mind...
Bilbo checks his contract to see what it says about
the number of movies in which he's been engaged to appear
Meanwhile, I've been re-reading the passages in my book Peter Jackson: A Film-makers-Journey relating to the history behind the filming of The Lord of the Rings and, in doing so, I was reminded that, early on (long before Jackson and, indeed, long before even Ralph Bakshi), WALT DISNEY sought to obtain the film rights.
If The Hobbit had ever got beyond simply being on Uncle Walt's 'wish list', what would such a film have been like?
A possible answer is provided by