The Hobbit director Peter Jackson has confirmed that production on The Hobbit trilogy has resumed. The remaining two The Hobbit movies will come out over the next couple of years and Peter Jackson and the team are completing the remaining footage of the films.
The initial plan was for The Hobbit movies to just be two films, before Peter Jackson convinced Warner Bros. to green light a third movie. The remaining footage is shooting in New Zealand and is expected to take around 10 weeks to shoot, meaning there is still plenty of material left to shoot.
Jackson took to Facebook to make the announcement, saying, "Back on set for our last Hobbit pick ups. Our last ever Tolkien pick ups, in fact. It’s going to be an intense few weeks, but we’re looking forward to shooting some powerful scenes with our great cast. Our next blog is coming soon!"
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will hit the big screen on December 13 in both the US and the UK, while the last movie The Hobbit: There and Back Again will open on December 17, 2014 in the US and December 19, 2014 in the UK.