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Peter Jackson announces 'The Hobbit' will be three movies

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Speaking of Olivia Munn's target audience, Peter Jackson has officially announced his two Hobbit movies will now become three Hobbit movies. His back-end paycheck deal just went up 33 percent!

"It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently (co-writers) Fran (Walsh), Phil (Phillippa Boyens) and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie -- and a large chunk of the second," Jackson posted Monday on Facebook. "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.'" He says "two films will become three," which is a lyrical way of saying, "we don't know what to cut."

Jackson notes the addition of a third movie will allow the team to show more of "the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur." That should make any nerdlinger quiver with delight. According to Variety, the third Hobbit film, still untitled, should be released in the summer of 2014, after The Unexpected Journey on Dec. 14 and There and Back Again in December 2013. We suspect some title changes may be in order for that one, too.

[Photo: via New Line Cinema]

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