OscarGuy wrote:(there may be spoilers in this paragraph, so proceed with caution) As to the Appendices, the reason they are as such is that Tokien never put the pen to paper for the story itself. There's plenty of expository information contained therein and much of it fascinating. It also ties heavily into the events of The Hobbit. There's a vast portion of the novel The Hobbit where Gandalf abandons the company to deal with a "necromancer" in the south of Mirkwood (the forest realm, the northern portion of which is dominated by the Elven kingdom that captures Bilbo resides). It is there, in the tower of Dol Guldur where a great battle takes place that features like the likes of Elrond, Galadriel, Aragorn and others (likely including Legolas since he's appearing in the film). Along with Gandalf, the rest of the White Council participates in taking down the necromancer (this includes a pre-palatir-corrupted Saruman). (this next part is an absolute spoiler, so don't finish the paragraph if you don't want to know) The necromancer escapes and is later revealed to be Sauron as he's returning to power.
With absolute sincerity, I say this with nothing but love OscarGuy: that has to be the nerdiest paragraph I have ever read from you on this board.
I read The Hobbit long ago, but none of the Trilogy. What I remember about the book and Tolkein's style was the humor, and how he wrote like he was telling you the story. I seem to recall sentences that went something like this, "I am sure you are wondering what happened next. Well, let me tell you..."
I am not sure what three films from this one book will look like, but Jackson is the only one I trust to do it. I do not think he is a great director (KING KONG and particularly THE LOVELY BONES disabused me of that notion), but this story is his baby. He will do it correctly. Hopefully he has learned his lesson about being self-indulgent from the criticism he received about his last two films and the ending of THE RETURN OF THE KING.
I too am annoyed at this new trend of extending a single book into two or more films, first started with THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, and then copied by BREAKING DAWN and MOCKING JAY. Now THE HOBBIT is taking it to possibly the breaking point.
As for how they are coming up with a third film, I had read they were negotiating with the cast to secure them for more shooting. I am not sure if this is just minor stuff, or a whole new movie.
This article about directors sticking with franchises too long is interesting.http://www.vulture.com/2012/07/peter-ja ... quels.html
"When it comes to the subject of torture, I trust a woman who was married to James Cameron for three years."
-- Amy Poehler in praise of Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow