There are some major developments in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. Here’s what’s going on:
- The third film will be released July 18, 2014, and it will be called The Hobbit: There and Back Again. That was the title of the second movie when the series was just going to be two parts.
- The second part is now to be named The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and will release on Dec. 13, 2013.
- In a press release, International Distribution president Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, said: “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.”
- As The Hollywood Reporter notes, this puts the second and third films seven months apart, in contrast to the annual releases of all three of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films.
- From a statement by Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman: “We wanted to have a shorter gap between the second and third films. 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,” Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said in a statement.
- The first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, opens Dec. 14 of this year. It’s starting to feel not so far away!