Weighing in on the latest Hobbit rumors

This report came online today from Marketsaw
http://marketsaw.blogspot.com/2009/08/rumor-mill-dark-smaug-on-horizon-plus.html

1. THE HOBBIT(s) will be in stereoscopic 3D.
2. THE HOBBIT will be shot in THREE movies – two Del Toro movies covering the book itself and a third bridge movie.
3. Peter Jackson will direct the bridge movie.
4. Smaug and the characters in THE HOBBIT will be darker than in the book.

My thoughts:

1. Maybe. I think GDT is hesitant because he doesn’t want the spectacle to outweigh the story, which is so often the problem with 3D films. I do believe Jackson is in favor of it however.

2. I’m not buying it. For quite some time now, Guillermo has said there will be two movies that encompass the The Hobbit storyline. I don’t find any reason for that to change, especially this late in the game. There will be some “supplemental content” – details on Gandalf’s journey to find the Necromancer – but it will be interwoven into the Hobbit storyline. In other words, no bridge film.

3. Judging from interviews with PJ during the DISTRICT 9 publicity, I think he is prepared to step away from the lens and let Guillermo do his thing – and again, no bridge film.

4. Not really buying that either. GDT has always appreciated the “whimsy” of the book, and has vowed to keep that intact.

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