The future of the second ‘Hobbit’ film is not a certainty. After fending off multiple lawsuits, the second Hobbit film, that was supposed to be a bridge between ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Fellowship of the Ring’, could be at risk.
It seems there is an issue of copyright, which Guillermo Del Toro points out:
“In the four books that are in the domain of the copyright, there are appendices and ideas and things that can be traced without risk. But I have to be careful not to overstep. We believe there is a way to create this film and make it interesting, but it’s too early.”
Del Toro also went on to say:
“We believe there is a second movie, if there isn’t, there will not be. If we find it, we will shoot it, but by God, if we do not find it, we will not shoot it. I am anxious to shoot the book, and I’m willing and able to dedicate myself to shooting the [second film].”
Work on the ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequel is due to get underway once Del Toro finishes his ‘Hellboy 2’ rounds and Peter Jackson has finished work on ‘The Lovely Bones’.