Obviously, scenes are being shifted around in the editing rooms of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit since the annoucement the films were to become a trilogy, and you have to wonder how that’s affecting the plotting. Surely the bulk of new material will come in the second and third films since the first Hobbit film, An Unexpected Journey, is releasing later this year. So, when will Smaug arrive?
While making the press rounds promoting Parade’s End – a new drama coming to BBC 2 this Friday which looks marvelous – Benedict Cumberbatch let loose this one little tidbit which might be a hint to when Smaug will make his first appearance,
I think my eye might open at the end of the first film and then you’ll get the rest of me in the second.
That sounds very much like the kind of tease Jackson would fit at the end of a movie. And the title, The Desolation of Smaug is a likely candidate for what the newly added film will be called. Making that the title of the second film still allows the third to be called There and Back Again, which always had a nice ending sound to it. More so I think than The Battle of Five Armies.
Of course, we don’t know if Cumberbatch is referring to the ending of An Unexpected Journey as it was before or after the trilogy announcement, so there’s a chance this isn’t the final scene, but I like to hope it is. Do you think this sounds likely as an ending for the first flick leading into an all Smaug brawl in the second?
Source: Bleeding Cool