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The Hobbit is officially a trilogy - Peter Jackson statement

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Story by Jack Foley

PETER Jackson has confirmed that his forthcoming Hobbit movies will be turned into another trilogy.

Speculation has been rife since the unveiling of footage at Comic-Con that Jackson wanted to make another film but on Monday (July 30, 2012) that was confirmed by the director, along with New Line, MGM and Warner Bros.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the third and final film will be released in summer 2014, following The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which will be released on December 14 of this year, and There and Back Again, the second film, which is currently due out December 13, 2013.

In a statement, Jackson confirmed: “Upon recently viewing a cut of the first film, and a chunk of the second, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and I were very pleased with the way the story was coming together.

“We recognized that 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, gave rise to a simple question: do we tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as filmmakers and fans was an unreserved ‘yes.’

“We know the strength of our cast and of the characters they have brought to life. We know creatively how compelling and engaging the story can be and – lastly, and most importantly – we know how much of the tale of Bilbo Baggins, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur would remain untold if we did not fully realize this complex and wonderful adventure.

“I’m delighted that New Line, MGM and Warner Bros. are equally enthusiastic about bringing fans this expansive tale across three films.”

The films star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and welcome back Lord of the Rings luminaries such as Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Andy Serkis as Smigel, and, in smaller roles, Elijah Wood as Frodo and Orlando Bloom as Legolas.

For anyone fearing just how there could be enough material in J.R.R. Tolkien’s source material to fill a third movie, Jackson has also revealed that he filled in two films with information that the series author wrote later and put in an appendix at the end of Return of the King, the third Lord Of The Rings book.

He also teased at Comic-Con that he had shot plenty of extra footage.

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