Warners squashes Hobbit rumors that had fanboy brains exploding

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Dec 17, 2012

If there were ever a place to breed wild rumors, it's the floor of San Diego Comic-Con. The big one this year? That Peter Jackson is planning a third Hobbit film to go along with the two-parter already in the works.

The rumor likely originated from word that Jackson ended up with more footage than he'd planned on from the 266-day shoot for the two films, which got fans buzzing that the J.R.R. Tolkien prequel to The Lord of the Rings could be split into three parts.

But, according to Warner Bros., the rumor is just that—a rumor.

According to Variety:

Studio spokespeople told Variety, adding that there are "no planned or surprise announcements" involving a third film. "The plan was always for two."
So there you go. If anything, I'd look for some of that footage on some extended cuts when the two films hit Blu-ray, similar to what was done with Lord of the Rings.

The first installment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, opens Dec. 14; while The Hobbit: There and Back Again is set for Dec. 13, 2013.

What do you think? Should Jackson go for three films, or can the book fit into two?

(Via Variety)