The Dark Knight Rises
According to CBS news, suspected Colorado shooter James Holmes was charged today with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. The attempted murder charges stem from Holmes’ booby trapped apartment which put law enforcement officers in harms way.
This was Holmes second appearance in court and no cameras were allowed at the behest of the the defense. His first appearance in court was on Monday, July 23 where he appeared dazed with his hair was died red. Many suggested then that Holmes’ defense team would probably plea insanity and in light of the charges, that strategy is looking more and more likely.
Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injurying 58 when he entered an Aurora, Colorado movie theater on July 20 and began shooting movie goers attending a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.
The tragedy sent shock waves throughout the country and spelled trouble for the film’s opening weekend. The Dark Knight Rises opened with over $160 million in its first weekend which later dropped to $64 million in its second weekend. The film was expected to rival The Avengers opening weekend record of $207 million and it fell short due to the shooting.
Peter Jackson, director of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has announced via facebook that The Hobbit will also be a trilogy. Initially, Jackson had planned to split the film in two but the question of a third film always lingered among fans who are split on the benefits of having a three films based on one book. Fans nostalgic for The Lord of Rings trilogy think it’s a great idea while purist to book feel that a third film is Hollywood’s attempt to milk The Lord of the Rings franchise.
Jackson had this to say in his announcement on facebook:
It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made.
We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance. The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.
So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of “The Hobbit” films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three.
It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, “a tale that grew in the telling.”
Much like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit films will be released over the course of 3 years in December. The first of the films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is set to be released on December 14, 2012. The second film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will be released the following year on December 13 and the yet to be named final film will be released in December 2014.