Well, we mentioned the possibility yesterday and today it’s a reality: The Hobbit WILL be a trilogy, as announced by director Peter Jackson Monday on Facebook.
What had been rumor was confirmed as that wily wizard Jackson (who is starting to look more like a Hobbit all the time) stated, “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…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.'"
"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," Jackson wrote. "So, 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," he added.
The first film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will still open in theaters worldwide on Dec. 14, 2012, with The Hobbit: There and Back Again coming on Dec. 13, 2013. No specific word on title or opening date but I think it’s safe to assume it will be at least December of 2014.
To celebrate the news, here are some character posters for The Hobbit that debuted at Comic Con.