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Peter Jackson: No more Hobbit films

Peter Jackson has said he won't be making any more films about JRR Tolkien's fantasy world.

The filmmaker has spent 17 years immersed in directing The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit.

The final Hobbit movie, The Battle Of The Five Armies, is now being released.

But apart from spending "four or five months" working on the extended cut, the 53-year-old plans to finally wave goodbye to the movies.

"It's a legal thing," he said.

"The Tolkien estate owns the writings of Professor Tolkien. The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings were sold by Professor Tolkien in the Sixties, the film rights.

"They are the only two works of his that have ever been sold, so without the cooperation of the Tolkien estate, there can't be more films."

And he joked about having finished the last movie: "I can go to the beach now."

:: The Hobbit: The Battles Of The Five Armies is in cinemas now.

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