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BREAKING: Second ‘Hobbit’ Movie Title and Third Movie Release Date!

Weta Workshop just posted this to their Facebook Page!

Warner Bros Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures jointly announced today that the final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy adaptation of the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, now titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” will be released worldwide on July 18, 2014. All three films in the trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.

The Studios also announced the title of the second installment in the franchise, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which will be released on December 13, 2013. The first film in the trilogy, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” opens this holiday season, on December 14, 2012. Shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second, the trilogy of films will be released in High Frame Rate (HFR) 3D, other 3D formats, IMAX and 2D.

Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, stated, “We wanted to have a shorter gap between the second and third films of ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy. Opening in July affords us not only the perfect summer tentpole, but fans will have less time to wait for the finale of this epic adventure.”

Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, added, “‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ will be an action spectacle and an emotional conclusion for this already much-anticipated trilogy. Opening in the summer will maximize playability for what promises to be an event film for fans the world over.”

You might remember the above picture from crew sweatshirts from The Hobbit film set. I wonder if they had a inkling of what was to come. Maybe Benedict Cumberbatch was right! Maybe we will see a sneak peak of Smaug in December.

Peter Jackson’s epic adaptation of J. R. R Tolkien’s masterpiece stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Richard Armitage as Thorin, and Andy Serkis reprising his role as Gollum. Other stars include Lee Pace, Aidan Turner, Evangeline Lilly, and Orlando Bloom.

The first installment in the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will be in cinemas near you in December (see IMDB for official release dates)!

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7 Comments

  1. Way to “scoop” this story, Lily!

  2. I still say they should have gone for “The Road Goes Ever On and On… and On… and On….” 😉

  3. I cannot wait to see how they pad this all out 😀 I am so curious XD The writer in me is very excited!

  4. Great news, lily! Suddenly I’m all excited again!

  5. So now we’re almost sure about how it will break down: Film 1: Meeting Gandalf to being captured or breaking out from elves?, Film 2: Lake up to taking over destruction of Smaug? Film 3: the battle ….?

    Obviously a lot will depend on how the subplots will break out.

    • I’m with you there, LC. And it makes the most sense that a final encounter with the Necromancer will be in the third film.

  6. I figured that the Encounter with the Necromancer would be in the First Film.

    But, then, they have several denouement (Three, exactly) to deal with.

    One of those will be the Battle of Five Armies.

    I figured that it would be the wrap of Film two. If it is not the wrap of Film two, then it will have to be among the height of Film Three.

    And recall that Film Three has to take us from the End of The Hobbit to the beginning of The Lord of the Rings.

    And the encounter with the Necromancer comes, chronologically, just prior to the company setting off into Mirkwood (or, WHILE the company sets off THROUGH Mirkwood).

    So, technically, the Necromancer Battle occurs just before the BoFA…

    But just because that is the Chronological sequence, doesn’t mean that they have to play it that way.

    After all, in the books, we didn’t find out about the Paths of the Dead until after Pelinnor Fields; yet the movie showed it before.