By Staff Writer | March 24, 2014 12:56 PM EDT
"The Hobbit: There and Back Again" co-creator Philippa Boyens expressed surprise by the reaction of the audience in huge cliffhanger at the end of part 2. The writer also praised the acting of Richard Armitage in the last and concluding film.
She told Empire in its April issue that the ending "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," she said.
When asked to comment on the acting of Richard Armitage (who plays Thorin Oakenshield), Philippa Boyens only has this to say:
"Richard Armitage is extraordinary, as Thorin descends into madness," she said
During the same interview, she joked that "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" will not push through.
"I can legitimately say right now that the third film doesn't exist. (Director) Pete's cutting it," series producer and co-writer Philippa Boyens said in an interview on the March 27 issue of Empire magazine.
Before fans of "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" should react violently, the producer was only kidding.
What actually happened was that they already had 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," she added.
"The Hobbit: There and Back Again" will reportedly be released on December 17, 2014.
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