A couple of months ago I wrote about the announced plans to turn J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit into a trilogy. Well, now the titles have been released, and it looks as if the powers-that-be reorganized film plans. The second Hobbit movie, which was supposed to be titled There and Back Again, now bears the designation The Desolation of Smaug; the third movie will carry the There and Back Again title.
Here’s my problem: the initial plan was to write a second movie based off material from the appendices in The Lord of the Rings to bridge the 60 years between it and The Hobbit. Judging from the titles, however, it would seem they scrapped those plans and decided to stretch the entire novel into three movies. How the heck is that going to work!? It worked for The Lord of the Rings because it was one giant novel broken down into three volumes, but The Hobbit is just one novel. There is no way they managed to stretch one novel into three movies; there just isn’t that much material in it!
On an ironic note, I remember one time when I dreamed about seeing The Hobbit in theaters and how disappointed I was when they ended the first installment right after Bilbo found the Ring. If they’re planning to stretch the book into three parts, though, that may be exactly what they have to do.