Originally Posted by flo
Where I disagree with you, Nate, is that there is far too much in the story to cram it into one movie. :
Well, I agree that it would be a hackjob, but it could still technically be done since the primary gist of the story is Bilbo helping the Dwarfs reclaim a lost treasure that was stolen by a dragon (while discovering a secret ring along the way). They could tell that story in 3 hours, but they would have to leave out a lot of extra stuff from the books.
I really do love the fact that the book is being expanded into 3 films, though. It's my favorite book in the whole Middle Earth saga, so I think it's awesome that the success of the LOTR films paved the way for such a comprehensive film version of The Hobbit.