WELLINGTON (AFP) - The film version of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit will be split into three movies, rather than two as originally planned, New Zealand director Peter Jackson said on Tuesday. Jackson, who was responsible for the Oscar-winning adaptation 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 film-makers, and as fans, was an unreserved 'yes'."