Written by Dan Malone on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

It is now official – Peter Jackson has made The Hobbit series into trilogy.

The Lord of the Rings director says that after he cut the first film and part of the second, that there was enough material to produce a third.

Jackson says that much of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s story would remain untold in film form if he had stuck with two movies.

“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?” Jackson said. “And the answer from our perspective as filmmakers and fans was an unreserved ‘yes.'”

“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,” he said.

Warner Bros. and MGM will reman involved in the entire trilogy.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will be making its way to theatres on December 14th, while its first sequel, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” has a release date of December 13th, 2013 – almost one year later. The third movie is slated for a Summer 2014 release.

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