Breaking news coming from Deadline this morning. They’re reporting Peter Jackson has confirmed he’ll be splitting The Hobbit into three movies, with the third possibly releasing in the summer of  2014.

Holy shit. I can’t believe this story, one that started out as a complete and utter CRAZY rumor, turned true. Wow, first a swarm of Mary Poppins really do attack a massive Lord Voldemort in the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, and now this. What a mad, mad world we’re living in.

Most details are still being worked out, but can you really see anyone denying Jackson a third movie if he wants to make it? No. Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy was almost universally loved and made dope amounts of money. If The Hobbit is anything like those films, and I couldn’t imagine it being anything else, than these movies are gonna make millions, maybe billions. Those studio execs are seeing $.

So what could this third movie be called? Well, /Film is reporting some interesting domain registrations, discovered by Fusible, that hint at either The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug or The Hobbit: Riddles in the Dark as possibilities.

FYI, the second title, Riddles in the Dark, is the name of the fifth chapter in The Hobbit. The Desolation of Smaug is likely referring to the, ” lifeless wasteland charred by the burning breath of the dragon Smaug.”

Knowing that, do you think either of these titles are likely for a third Hobbit film? And are you even excited by the news at all? Personally, I’m not capable of saying no to Peter Jackson either, so of course I’ll obediently wait for a third movie and pay whatever price he’s asking. Consider me an addict. But if the man says he has enough material to make another film set in Middle Earth, who wouldn’t want that?

UPDATE! Here’s Jackson’s official statement posted on Facebook earlier today,

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 Fran, Phil 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. 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.’

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. 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.

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.

It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, “a tale that grew in the telling.”

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