The Hobbit Spread Over Two Films

Empire Magazine spoke exclusively to both Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson for their upcoming birthday issue about “The Hobbit” and its sequel.

Up until now the plans were for a direct adaptation of Tolkien’s novel first, while the second one would be a bridging film between ‘Hobbit’ and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

The surprising news is that the pair have ditched their plans and decided to spread “The Hobbit” over two films.

“We decided it would be a mistake to try to cram everything into one movie. The essential brief was to do The Hobbit, and it allows us to make The Hobbit in a little more style, if you like, of the [LOTR] trilogy” added Jackson

Del Toro also adds that the White Council and the comings and goings of Gandalf to Dol Guldur will feature in the new film. “The Hobbit” films will be released in December 2011 and 2012.

The news comes a few days after it was revealed by The Digital Bits that the Blu-ray version of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy is set to hit the shelves later this year.

The downside is that it’s only the theatrical versions getting the BD treatment. The extended editions are being saved for an ‘Ultimate Box Set’ closer to the release of “The Hobbit” films.