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Jul 31, 2012

Will Peter Jackson make 27 Hobbit movies?

Luke Buckmaster — Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

Luke Buckmaster

Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

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…

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7 thoughts on “Will Peter Jackson make 27 Hobbit movies?

  1. Bondles

    Andrew – a lot of it would be fun, but the entire second movie would just be elves having children. Over and over and over again. The book of Numbers is more exciting reading than some parts of the Silmarillion.

    I’m holding out hope that Tom Bombadil will somehow find his way in to a Hobbit trilogy. His omission from Fellowship was a travesty.

  2. HB

    Dear James H – it might make a good story but it is more likely to make a CGI heavy bore-fest

  3. JamesH

    Point 1: Media rights to the Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, etc, – everything EXCEPT the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings – are owned by the Tolkien Estate, which has never licenced any media adaptation, ever, and didn’t like the movies.
    Point 2: There is actually an awful lot of stuff that happens in the background of The Hobbit that just gets a line or two. For example, about two-thirds of the way through the book, Gandalf disappears, then returns near the end – it transpires that he’s been at a conclave of “white wizards” (Saruman, Galadriel, Elrond, etc) who have driven “the Necromancer” (Sauron in disguise) from Dol Guldur – this is the result of Gandalf infiltrating Dol Guldur, where he found Thorin’s grandfather in captivity – and all this gets about 1 paragraph in The Hobbit. Don’t you think that would make for a good story?

  4. Charlie Maigne

    You could probably spread the Silmarillion into a TV series over a couple of seasons.

  5. Charles Miller

    However many movies he splits The Hobbit into, Jackson knows deep in his heart that he can never surpass the epicness that is 10 hours of “They’re taking the hobbits to Isengard!’

  6. Andrew McIntosh

    I say bring on the Silmarillion trilogy! Who wouldn’t want to see Gondolin fall to Morgoth at the hight of his evil powers? Orcs, trolls, dragons, balrogs, all kicking the arse-holes of those wussy elves – what could make better cinema?!

  7. Bondles

    Well, it’s not exactly the last remaining book in the series, but God save us from a Silmarillion trilogy.

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