Peter Jackson is done teasing the enthusiasts of Middle-earth. The “Lord of the Rings” director took to his Facebook page to confirm rumors that “The Hobbit” will extend beyond the originally planned two films and into a trilogy instead.
The additional installment came to fruition after Jackson sat down to watch an early cut of the first film and much of the second film and realized that the story warranted further exploration.
Jackson explained, “We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance. 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.”
You can see the first film, “An Unexpected Journey,” when it hits theaters on Dec. 14, 2012. The second installment releases Dec. 13, 2013 with the third expected in the summer of 2014.