When the Lord of the Rings were released in theaters, they were a phenomenon unmatched – even by the Harry Potter movies. Everyone loved the exciting, action packed adventures of four little hobbits, a wizard, two princes, a dwarf, and an elf. No longer were the book held up as a shining example of obsessive geekdom and social awkward incarnate – everyone was reading them like they would soon be out of style.
But they haven’t gone out of style. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is one of the most anticipated movies of the winter season, with a sequel on its way. But Peter Jackson just announced that we’ll be getting three feature length movies, not two, or even one like was expected. So, this is move a way to make an adaptation of The Hobbit that’s never been seen, or just a way to make money on an already highly successful franchise?