Jackson to make 'The Hobbit' into a trilogy

 Jackson to make 'The Hobbit' into a trilogy

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 14: Filmmaker Peter Jackson attends Entertainment Weekly's 6th Annual Comic-Con Celebration sponsored by Just Dance 4 held at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 14, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 8:31 AM

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- Peter Jackson is adding a third film to what was planned to be the two-part series "The Hobbit."  

The director of the Oscar-winning "The Lord of the Rings" movies said Monday that after viewing a cut of the first film and part of the second that there was room for a third.
  

Jackson says in a statement that a lot of J.R.R. Tolkien's tale of Bilbo Baggins would remain untold if a third film wasn't made.

Warner Bros. and MGM will continue their partnership to make the trilogy.

The first film, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," hits theaters Dec. 14, while the second, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" is set for release on Dec. 13, 2013.

The third film will come out in the summer of 2014.

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