I've voted for two because I think it would've been enough to adapt the story of the book without neglecting and forsaking too many elements as has been done with LOTR by one movie a book. Now, they said that they need three film to really tell the story and his background but my guess is that lots of invented stuff, fan-fiction like, based on their interpretation and maybe not Tolkien's work will be included. I fear that they try to stretch it too long, like butter over bread for perhaps money purpose since The Hobbit is probably the last book of Tolkien's work that will be adapt on screen.
(This post was edited by sam90 on Jul 30 2012, 11:37pm)
2 films was perfect, but now it seems they want to delve more into even more detail. 3 is a perfect number for The Hobbit plot, the Dol Guldur sub-plot, and any other bits and pieces they want to film. I just want titles now!
I agree with tolkiennerd - I would like The Hobbit to remain just 2 films, and the 3rd to be a different one entirely, because it will be based on material not found in The Hobbit, from my understanding. Even if it contains some elements of The Hobbit, then it won't be true to the book, I guess. I'm sure there is enough material in the appendicies to lend itself to a different title other than The Hobbit.
But with a nights sleep I actually can see a trilogy based on The Hobbit (and the appendices related) a smart choice really ;) My only fear is that it will be more appendix material than The Hobbit... :/
I was cool with 2, thinking that 3 would be too stretched out and making it just for the sake of having a complete trilogy. But I don't think the team would release a sub-standard movie, so we have to trust them
How exactly are they going to expand the story to fill three long movies? If the time is needed to tell the story well, great, the more the merrier, but if it's just goes on and on and on.... two would be more than sufficient.
I'm not sure I'd know how to write a screenplay. That's a whole different writing skill.
I'm looking forward to the movies, but I hope the vast number of hours doesn't mean hours and hours of drawn-out battle scenes like the interminable cave troll scene in FotR. I think one movie would be a lot tighter and better.