Peter Jackson confirms ‘The Hobbit’ will be split into two parts

May 11th, 2009 - 2:43 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, May 11 (ANI): Kiwi screenwriter Peter Jackson has confirmed that the next Middle Earth saga, The Hobbit, will be split into two parts because the whole story cannot be put into just one movie.

The Hobbit story had previously been incorporated into the highly anticipated Lord of the Rings double-movie prequel, and a second film was to be based on author JRR Tolkien’s other writings to create a direct link to the hit trilogy.

But Jackson, 47, a three time Oscar winner, has said that it would take longer to tell the tale of little Bilbo Baggins than first thought.

“We decided it would be a mistake to try to cram everything into one movie,” quoted him as telling film magazine Empire.

“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 (Lord of the Rings) trilogy,” he added.

Jackson, who is also the films’ executive producer, will be writing it with his Lord of the Rings trilogy partners, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and Hobbit director Guillermo Del Toro.

The films are to be shot in Wellington next year. (ANI)

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