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Peter Jackson to make third Hobbit film from Tolkien’s notes

Peter Jackson believes Tolkien's Lord of the Rings appendices is fertile ground for drama

Peter Jackson is hoping to make a third Hobbit film based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s 125 page of appendices, he revealed at Comic-Con today.

The New Zealand born director of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and Heavenly Creatures  is already splitting J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel The Hobbit: There and Back Again into two separate films.

Jackson thinks there is so much more material to explore, and hinted that the potential extra movie could be based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s 125 pages of additional notes found at the end of third Lord of the Rings book The Return Of The King.

Speaking at the Warner Bros. press conference at Comic-Con in San Diego, Peter said: “That’s a discussion we’re having. We have certainly been talking to the studio about some of the material we can’t film, and we’ve been asking them so we can do a bit more filming next year.

“I don’t know what would come of that, whether it’d be extended editions or whatnot. But those discussions are ongoing.

“I’d like to shoot a bunch more material that we couldn’t shoot. There’s so much good stuff in the appendices that we haven’t been able to squeeze into these movies.”

The two prequels to ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ trilogy see Martin Freeman star as Bilbo Baggins.  The first Hobbit film only finished shooting in June after more than a year of filming in New Zealand.

Filming was delayed on two occasions; at first to quell a threatened actor’s boycott and then because of Jackson’s health.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is scheduled for release in cinemas on December 14.

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