Jackson Receives Public Criticism Over The Hobbit Trilogy
The Hobbit is set to be stretched out from two to three films, due to be released over the next 3 years, Peter Jackson announced over his Facebook page and not everybody is happy about it, as Twitter has been run amok by people claiming the expansion is nothing but a cash in.
Jackson took to his official social-networking page to explain that, although it may divide some people who think it will only draw the film out even more, by elongating the series he can ensure that every bit of detail is retained in the films.
Not everybody was won over though, as people in their thousands to comment negatively on Jackson's decision. One Tweeter said "Peter Jackson's Official Statement on why he's making The Hobbit into 3 Films: "I like it better when your money is my money,"" whilst another summed up opinions fairly well, saying: "I loved LOTR but extending the Hobbit into '3' films just smacks of taking the mick a bit....no need to draw saga out any more..."
Network executives, Jackson and cast and crew members held negotiations over the feasibility of stretching the franchise out for another film - something that Jackson had allegedly always wanted to do - and have all come to an agreement, meaning that we have another Tolkien trilogy to look forward to!
The first of the Trilogy is set to be released worldwide this December, with the next of the series set for release around a similar date in 2013, the finale being released in summer 2014. The adaptation of The Lord of the Rings prequel, which is set in Middle-earth 60 years before the events of LOTR, recently wrapped principal photography and has had its first few trailers aired already.
The film will see Martin Freeman take on the role as protagonist Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, whilst former LOTR actors Ian Mckellen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, and Andy Serkis will all be rejoining Jackson (who directed the original trilogy) on the latest adaptation.