Will the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies mark the end of Tolkien's works on the big screen? Well no, surely we'll get an extended Blu-Ray boxset full of hours of additional footage and special features, but what about once we've watched that at least half a dozen times? Will that be the end?
Well, according to Peter Jackson he's not actually finished with the Lord of the Rings trilogy yet. At the recent San Diego Comic-Con [The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies](movie:512312) panel, Jackson revealed that there was still unseen footage for the original Lord of the Rings movies. Apparently the footage is simply sitting 'somewhere in a vault in Arizona' and that it could eventually be released "if there's enough interest out there..."
Now, I've met quite a few Lord of the Rings fans, and I think I can confirm unilaterally that this is something they'd pretty much go crazy for. Along with Star Wars, Star Trek and other similarly full-fleshed out universes, the Lord of the Rings is a franchise that commands some of the most dedicated fans in all of fandom. Even if the scenes end up comprising nothing more than an unseen 30 second snippet of Gandalf stroking his beard, the hardened LOTR fans would pay good money to see it.
However, I would suspect that the unused footage is mostly of an insignificant nature. I can't imagine Jackson missed out major stories, characters or plotlines from the already released extended editions of the Lord of the Rings. So, unfortunately, this probably still means there's no Tom Bombadil, Barrow Wights or the Scouring of the Shire.
Would you pay again to see more unseen Lord of the Rings scenes?