Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson are gearing up to bring The Hobbit and its sequel to theaters and they recently gave a few details on the films. Empire recently spoke with del Toro and Jackson, who revealed that the second film would not bridge the 60-year gap between the films and The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.

"We've decided to have The Hobbit span the two movies, including the White Council and the comings and goings of Gandalf to Dol Guldur," says Del Toro. RELATED: Preparing for Gollum in Lord of the Rings, Andy Serkis Would Walk on All Fours for Hours

"We decided it would be a mistake to try to cram everything into one movie," adds Jackson. "The essential brief was to do The Hobbit, and it allows us to make The Hobbit in a little more style, if you like, of the [LOTR] trilogy."