'The Hobbit' now set to be a trilogy

The Middle-earth movies will now run to three instead of two films

'The Hobbit' now set to be a trilogy

Director Peter Jackson has confirmed that The Hobbit will be a trilogy of films, rather than the previously announced two.

Jackson broke the news on his Facebok page, saying that he had so much material that he couldn't help but want to "tell more of the tale." He wrote:

"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 were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved 'yes.'"

He added: "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."

The first film in the series, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, opens on December 14 of this year, and will be followed by The Hobbit: There And Back Again on December 13, 2013. The final film is set to come out around December 12, 2014.

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