Earlier this month we brought you the news that director Peter Jackson had wrapped production on the two films that will serve as the cinematic adaptation of author J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" - "An Unexpected Journey," which s due in AMC Theatres this coming December, and the second, "There and Back Again," is scheduled for release the following year.
But this week at Comic-Con the prolific and ambitious filmmaker indicated that he may indeed be turning the story into a trilogy.
When asked about his desire to shoot more material and even possibly expand into a third film at "The Hobbit" press conference Jackson replied:
"Well, it’s very, very premature. We have got incredible source material with the appendices. There’s the novel, but then we also have the rights to use the 125 pages of additional notes where Tolkien expanded the world of The Hobbit. We’ve used some of that so far, and just in the last few weeks, as we’ve been wrapping up the shooting and thinking about the shape of the story, Philippa [Boyens], Fran [Walsh] and I have been talking to the studio about other things that we haven’t been able to shoot and seeing if we could possibly persuade them to do a few more weeks of shooting. We’d probably need more than a few weeks, actually, next year. The discussions are pretty early, so there isn’t anything to report, but there are other parts of the story that we’d like to tell, that we haven’t had the chance to tell yet. We’re just trying to have those conversations with the studio, at the moment."
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