According to Empire magazine The Hobbit is now to be filmed over 2 movies rather than one and a so called ‘bridging’ movie that would fill in the gaps between the end of The Hobbit and the start of The Fellowship.
“We’ve decided to have The Hobbit span the two movies, including the White Council and the comings and goings of Gandalf to Dol Guldur,” Del Toro tells them in this months 20th birthday issue due out next week.
The special edition carries interviews with both Guillermo Del Toro and Peter Jackson and PJ adds to the above by saying:
“We decided it would be a mistake to try to cram everything into one movie, The essential brief was to do The Hobbit, and it allows us to make The Hobbit in a little more style, if you like, of the [LOTR] trilogy.”
Quite a turn around to earlier statements, especially with just about every recognisable actor from the Lord of the Rings letting it be known they would be available for the ‘bridging’ movie.
Of course, they don’t say there won’t be a bridging movie and its possible that we could end up with another 3 movies from Tolkien’s Middle Earth.
The demand would certainly be there although dipping into the Silmarillion for the story brings its own legal problems
The special edition of Empire comes out on the 23rd of April and is guest edited by none other than Steven Spielberg. They needed a big story and it looks like The Hobbit has provided it.
You can pre-order this months Empire by clicking here.