Peter Jackson Marks the end of Filming The HobbitScreen Rant snagged a few rather interesting and quite unexpected comments about The Hobbit–namely that they’re hoping for more filming time next year to get some additional footage based on the appendices. Surprising? Absolutely.
You see, this is the last chance to get Middle-earth on film. But anything in the appendices is fair game (the films rights for The Hobbit and LOTR were sold back in the 70s), whereas anything in The Silmarillion or other History of Middle-earth books is not (the Tolkien Estate is keeping the film rights for those all to itself). So if Jackson and the studios decide that they may as well get as much of what’s in the appendices on film as possible, so that they can possibly add a third film to the move Middle-earth canon–perhaps an intermediary film connecting The Hobbit to LOTR?
In any case, here’s the quotes:
“We’ve been certainly talking to the studio about some of the material we can’t film. And we’ve been asking them if we can do a bit more filming next year. Which I don’t know what would come of that, whether that would be extended additions or not. But those discussions are ongoing […] I’d like to shoot a bunch more material that we can’t shoot. There’s so much good stuff in the appendices that we haven’t been able to squeeze into these movies. That’s a discussion that we’re having.”
And a following clarification statement made a bit later:
“It’s very premature. I mean we have an incredible source material with the appendices because ‘The Hobbit’ is obviously a novel but we also have the rights to use this 125 pages of additional notes where Tolkien expanded the world of ‘The Hobbit’ published at the end of ‘Return of the King’ and we’ve used some of it 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. Fran and I have been talking to the studio about other things we haven’t been able to shoot and seeing if we could persuade them to do a few more weeks of shooting. Probably more than a few weeks actually, next year, and what form that would actually end up taking. The discussions are pretty early. So there isn’t really anything to report but there’s other parts of the story that we’d like to tell that we haven’t been able to tell yet.”
So, what do you think? Do we have another film in the works?!