Peter Jackson started fans talking during Comic-Con International when he mentioned he’d like to shoot some more scenes for The Hobbit. Now, Heat Vision reports, the director and Warner Bros. exploring the possibility of transforming the planned two-movie adaptation into a full-blown trilogy.
The idea is to shoot two months’ worth of footage next summer to fill out the series. It sounds easy enough, but there are plenty of difficulties to make something like this happen, including reassembling the cast, securing the rights for a third film and, of course, lining up financing.
“If we’re going to do it, we have to make a decision soon,” a source close to the production told Heat Vision. “It’s strongly driven by the filmmakers’ desire to tell more of the story.” Sources also said, “It’s about taking the chance to tell more of the incredible tale with the cast we have assembled.”
As of now, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is scheduled for a Dec. 14 release, followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again on Dec. 13, 2013. A third film might shift the releases around or change the titles, but if the source is to believed, we’ll hear something about the new scenes being shot fairly soon.