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Hobbit fans will get their fill of The Lord of the Rings prequel as Peter Jackson has officially announced that The Hobbit will be a trilogy.
According to Reuters the film was originally set to take place in two movies, having its plot based 60 years prior to The Lord of the Rings. Now, Jackson revealed Monday that a trilogy would be more fitting.
Announcing the exciting news via Facebook, Jackson wrote, "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. It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, 'a tale that grew in the telling.'”
He adds, "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.”
In addition to his Facebook post, Jackson said in a statement, "I'm delighted that New Line, MGM and Warner Bros. are equally enthusiastic about bringing fans this expansive tale across three films.”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to hit theaters December 14 2012, with The Hobbit: There and Back Again slated for December 2013.