Peter Jackson has confirmed, via his Facebook page, that his highly anticipated The Hobbit adaptation — originally a two-part project — will be split into a trilogy. This, of course, makes complete sense. Think about it: you make one movie per Lord of the Rings book, then take the last remaining — and shortest — unadapted book in the series and, erm, split it into three.
But why stop there? There’s stories to tell! Rings to rule them all! Take the unadapted book, divide it into three acts and make each act its own movie. Bada bing: you’ve got yourself nine movies. Then take the nine movies, divide each by three, separating them into three acts a piece. Turn each act into its own movie and you’ve got yourself 27 movies.
That’s one Hobbit movie, every year, for the next 27 years.
Then there’s Tolkien’s characteristically wordy tome dedicated to background stories of Middle Earth, his Unfinished Tales. Jackson could make at least — going by preliminary estimates — 356 movies and three times that many DVD special editions dedicated to such upcoming hits as Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin and The History of Galadriel and Celeborn.
But why stop there? Find a serviette Tolkien once scribbled a few words on. Take each word, divide it by three…