“The Hobbit” Rumors… In 3D

19 08 2009

According to the folks over at Martketsaw there are all sorts of big rumors coming from The Hobbit set to be directed by Guillermo del Toro and produced by Peter Jackson fresh off the success of District 9. Actually it’s probably best to start there, as they are reporting that del Toro will direct two Hobbit movies covering material from the book, and Peter Jackson himself will step back behind the camera and shoot a third movie that will bridge those two with his Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The “bridge” film rumored to be directed by Jackson would use the appendices to some of Tolkien’s work which the producer also has the rights to. J.R.R. Tolkein authored not only The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, but several other texts expanding the world of Middle Earth and beyond. Additionally, many of these works contain appendices which provided background on characters and events. Supposing Jackson is using these as a reference there is more than enough source material for a third film bridging the roughly 80 years that pass between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings tales.

Now the second big rumor, and these are all just rumors at this point, is that all three films will be filmed in stereoscopic 3D. Jackson’s Academy Award-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy will be converted into 3D as well. As producer, Jackson seems to be the moving force behind the 3D push while del Toro is somewhat more reserved about the process. To be honest, I still haven’t been convinced about the whole 3D crazy yet, maybe Avatar will win me over, but that certainly will only help build the buzz for one of the more anticipated projects in years.

Finally, the character of Smaug the Dragon will supposedly be darker in this film than he is portrayed in the book. What exactly that means, I’m not sure and while that jives with del Toro’s previous work, I’m not sure how it fits within the framework of The Hobbit which is a more lighthearted fare in comparison to the much darker Lord of the Rings. Perhaps Guillermo del Toro is looking to put his own spin on the films and taking ownership over one of its best known characters is the first step. We’ll have to see how that turns out.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, these are just rumors and I do want to stress that, as the script was just finished and major casting has not yet begun. All signs do point to The Hobbit being one of the most talked about films of 2011.

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