Peter Jackson recently wrapped filming the first Hobbit Film, but now we are hearing that he might just turn his planned two-film adaptation into a trilogy. Jackson is known for making some long movies like each of The Lord Of The Rings movies which have extended versions that go as long as 4 hours each. With such complex source material the choice to split the film in half is simply because he wants to show more of the story.
The filmmaker is working with the studio to make a two part finale that would require even more shooting in New Zealand next summer. The idea was first talked about at Comic-Con when he said that he wants to shoot more footage. The studio is on board with the plan as it won’t affect the release schedule of the films and they will able to make a completely new movie for only two extra months of filming. Financially it’s a jackpot.
We can expect a decision soon with the cast and crew needing time to prep and schedule for the shooting in the summer. Likely it just means they will have their timetables pushed back a bit to make The Hobbit: There And Back Again Parts I and II. With no sure release date, a good guess would be to see part one in the already planned December 2013 with the final film coming out around the same time in 2014.