Jackson, who was responsible for the Oscar-winning adaption of Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, said be began considering the possibility of three films after watching an early cut of the first Hobbit movie.
“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,” he said on his Facebook page.
“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’.”
The first film, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, will premiere in Jackson’s hometown Wellington on November 28, with the second, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again”, scheduled for release in late 2013.