By Justine Espersen
Peter Jackson’s long-awaited film, “The Hobbit,” is now expected to be a trilogy.
“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 in a statement. “And the answer from our perspective as filmmakers and fans was an unreserved ‘yes.'”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first film in the trilogy, will be released Dec. 14 of this year. The second film is set for Dec. 13, 2013, and the final “Hobbit” film is set for summer 2014.
All three movies will be released in 3D, 2D, and IMAX. The three films are based “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien. These trilogy films are set in Middle-Earth, 60 years prior to “The Lord of the Rings.”