Though Peter Jackson may be the first person that comes to mind when discussing the behind the scenes figures of The Hobbit, Philippa Boyens’ role in the Rings trilogy and the subsequent Tolkien three-parter has been pivotal. The co-writer and producer, currently talking up The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’s upcoming DVD release, shares her words on the franchise:
“I can legitimately say right now that the third film doesn’t exist, Pete’s cutting it. As an entity, it’s coming together. Actually that’s not true – we have a rough assembly, so to speak, of the shape of the film and the performances. I am excited, because one of the storylines I care a lot about is the Thorin one.”
The Desolation Of Smaug’s cliffhanger ending left the leader of the Company of Dwarves more pressured than ever to complete his quest, the destruction of a world by dragon hanging over his shoulders. Boyens states “Richard Armitage is extraordinary, as Thorin descends into madness.”
When discussing the reason for the abrupt ending of the second film Boyens added:
“It felt so natural that I got a shock when the audience got a shock! If you can imagine what transpires next and what’s coming, it’s quite a huge chunk of storytelling. Not only that, but you enter into the tone of the third film, which is very definitely – as is the book, by the way – moving towards the world of Middle-earth as it becomes in Lord Of The Rings. Some dark stuff goes on.”
Finally she spoke of the reasoning behind the splitting up of the dwarves in the film:
“We made that decision [so we would] experience the attack on Lake-town through the eyes of people we’ve come a long way with. We wanted some of the dwarves to understand what happened in that firestorm, that holocaust that rains down upon Lake-town. Bofur (James Nesbitt) comes more into his own in the third film. A rift begins to open up. And I can’t say much more without going into spoilers for film three, but it’s primarily because we needed him to be there when the dragon attacks.”
The third and final part of The Hobbit trilogy arrives in cinemas on December 17.