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The Hobbit movies set to become a trilogy

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Story by Jack Foley

PETER Jackson is reportedly investigating the possibility of turning his Hobbit movies into a trilogy.

According to sources quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, the director is keen to spend a little more time in Middle Earth and could have cast members back next summer for up to two more months of additional shooting.

Jackson first teased the idea of a trilogy at Comic-Con but ever since then he has been exploring the logistics of what it would take to make another movie with producer Fran Walsh and writer-producer Philippa Boyens.

Talks are said to have accelerated in the past few days with the studio keen to support the filmmaker so long as suitable financial arrangements can be agreed, including securing new actor deals.

According to the source quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, the decision has been born out of “the filmmakers’ desire to tell more of the story”.

The first installment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is set for release on December 14, while the second, There and Back Again, will follow on December 13, 2013.

A third film would probably follow in December 2014.

Warner Bros has declined to comment.

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