Peter Jackson, reknowned director for the massively popular Lord of the Rings trilogy took to Facebook earlier this week to announce that his latest creation The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will now be a trilogy of films.
The Hobbit was originally penned to be a two film affair but after deliberation Peter Jackson and Warner Bros have decided to make it a trilogy saying;
“We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes'."
Let's be honest, at some point during those decisions there was undoubtedly the thought that a third movie could provide a lot more cash to Warner Bros as well as it's partners. But of course this is also very good news for fans of both the films and Peter Jackson. The Hobbit has come under some scrutiny around its decision to be filmed in 48FPS to provide a better experience to it's viewers with some people not liking the prospect, but we'll have to leave judgement on that until we've seen it.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is due for release around 14th December this year with the last film in the series to be released somewhere in the summer 2014. And we cannot wait!