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“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,” says Del Toro.
“We decided it would be a mistake to try to cram everything into one movie,” adds Jackson. “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.”
The second film will not be a film that will bridge the 60-year gap between The Hobbit and the start of Fellowship Of The Ring.Source: EmpireOnline.com
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An anonymous source stated that some of the main sticking points include amendments to Peter Jackson's and GDT’s contracts requiring an additional 3 months of principal photography, and temporarily suspending some of their other projects.
The insider also mentioned some legal wrangling with the Tolkien Estate to acquire additional rights to materials not currently under license which would provide the bulk of the plot for the third movie. What specifically this could be is a guess. The source seemed to imply it may be delving into the back-story of the Istari (Wizards) including Gandalf and Saruman’s youth in Valinor. The inclusion of other young wizards at the academy would provide an opportunity for cameos from LOTR actors who’s story arc doesn’t fit into The Hobbit. The latter would go a long way toward explaining recent cryptic quotes from LOTR actors about possible appearances in The Hobbit. GDT's fav actor Doug Jones (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) is rumored to be cast in The Hobbit.
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TheOneRing.net CONFIRMED THE HOBBIT TRILOGY WAS AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE! SORRY NO TRILOGY.
Leonardo DiCaprio has already been set to star.
WB bought the spec preemptively before other studios got a crack at the material. The subject matter has been kept under tight wraps, with the studio describing the film as a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind. Production begins this summer for 2010 release.
Nolan will produce with Emma Thomas.
The film is Nolan's first with Cotillard and Page, but he is reteaming with Murphy, who played the villain Scarecrow in "Batman Begins," with a cameo in "The Dark Knight." Murphy just completed the thriller "Peacock" and "Perrier's Bounty."