Hobbit book split between films
A little while ago we heard that there was going to be two Hobbit films and that the idea was going to be to make one film of the Hobbit story and another film about the gap between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings stories, made up from short stories and notes from J.R.R. Tolkein.
However word has arrived that this isn't going to be the way that The Hobbit is going to reach our big screens, and Peter Jackson and Guillermo Del Toro have said just that.
"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..."
"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."
Before I have to admit I hated the idea of them "making up" the story between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but if they are now going to be spending so much care with The Hobbit and turning it into two films, perhaps letting the same creative team loose on the extra material might be the right thing to bind these stories together?