When word broke that Peter Jackson had shot a boatload of extra footage for his two-parter based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, rumors started flying that a trilogy could be in the works. Though the studio shot down the idea, it seems Jackson remains keen on a third film—and he's this close to making it happen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jackson is working out the logistics of shooting some additional footage and doing a bit of additional work to round out the third part, but apparently a decision has to be made soon to keep the idea viable:
"If we're going to do it, we have to make a decision soon," says a source close to the production. "It's strongly driven by the filmmakers' desire to tell more of the story ... It's about taking the chance to tell more of the incredible tale with the cast we have assembled."
Jackson, who put together the stellar Lord of the Rings trilogy, seems excited to be playing in Middle-earth again—and believes there's more than enough story to tell, once you factor in all of Tolkien's reference and tie-in works.
The Hobbit trilogy isn't a done deal yet, but if Jackson thinks they can get another movie out of this deal, you'd have to think Warners would oblige.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes out Dec. 14, while sequel There and Back Again opens Dec. 13, 2013. If it turns into a trilogy, common sense says it'll likely come in December 2014.
What do you think? Are two films enough, or do you want another trilogy?