Jackson wants "Hobbit" to be trilogy

Peter Jackson plans to make "The Hobbit" a trilogy like his previous success, "Lord Of The Rings".

30 Jul – While fans are eagerly waiting for the premiere of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" at the end of this year, Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson is riling them up more with hints on the possibility of expanding the two-parter into a trilogy, according to The Telegraph.

During San Diego's Comic-Con, the "Lord Of The Rings" visionary revealed to the crowd his interest and desire to add in more scenes for his two-part adaptation of Bilbo Baggins' epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, and his eventually possession of Gollum's "precious" ring.

"I'd like to shoot a bunch more good stuff that we can't shoot. There's so much good stuff in the appendices that we haven't been able to squeeze into these movies", said Jackson.

It was reported that Jackson and his team were inspired by the appendices of the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy and several Tolkien's masterpieces to come out with more side stories for "The Hobbit".

"There are 125 pages of notes published at the back of "Return of the King" in one of the later editions. It was called The Appendices, and they are essentially expanded Hobbit notes. So we had the rights to those as well and were allowed to use them," said Jackson.

"We haven't just adapted "The Hobbit"; we've adapted that book plus great chunks of his appendices and woven it all together. The movie explains where Gandalf goes; the book never does. We've explained it using Tolkien's own notes. That helped inform the tone of the movie, because it allowed us to pull in material he wrote in "The Lord of the Rings" era and incorporate it with "The Hobbit"," he added.

A scene with Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit".

The first Hobbit film will be released in cinemas in Malaysia and Singapore on 13 December, followed by its sequel, "The Hobbit: There And Back Again" in December 2013. Should Peter Jackson get his way, fans and moviegoers will most probably see the third film out in 2014.