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By Robert T. Trate     August 31, 2012
Source: Entertainment Weekly

New Line and Warner Bros. also have retitled the second film "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."
Warner Bros. and New Line have set set July 18, 2014 as the release date for the third film in Peter Jackson's ambitious The Hobbit trilogy.

Additionally, the second film has been retitled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The third film will take the title that was previously assigned to the second film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

Warners is banking big on the trilogy. And, in sharp contrast to Jackson's three The Lord of the Rings films, the second and third Hobbit pics will now open within seven months of each other (the Lord of the Rings pics opened a year apart, at Christmas).

“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.

Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of International Distribution, 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.”

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens Dec. 14 of this year, followed by Desolation of Smaug on Dec. 13, 2013.

Jackson's new triology is set in Middle-earth, 60 years before The Lord of the Rings. An Unexpected Journey was penned by Fran Walsh, Philippa Bovens, Jackson and Guillermo del Toro.


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momitchell7 8/31/2012 8:30:28 PM

This is really good news to hear that each of the films will open just seven months apart from each other!

SarcasticCaveman 9/1/2012 1:17:56 AM

 Actually it says there will be only seven months between the second and third ones, but yes, great news.  WE HATES WAITING, PRECIOUS!

almostunbiased 9/1/2012 7:45:37 AM

I agree Caveman.  GREAT news!!!!

LadyBrowncoat 9/1/2012 8:42:02 AM

 I am just worried about splitting this book into 3 movies.  The stakes in LOTR were as high as they could get.  End of the world.  Evil overrunning Middle-earth.  Heavy stuff.  This book, although charming and full of adventure, is about a bunch of dwarves getting their gold back.

SarcasticCaveman 9/1/2012 2:21:35 PM

 I don't know, LadyBrowncoat...the LOTR was also 3 books, and there was still plenty of stuff that Tolkien fans were outraged that they left out.  By making The Hobbit into three movies, they should be able to not only get every damn thing in, but also have most of Tolkien's afterthoughts that are in the appendicies of LOTR.  Though not as much at stake, I think it's still going to be epic.  Sure, the objective starts off a lot more simplistic but 1.) it's the journey that's interesting and 2.) it ends with the Battle of Five Armys...yeah, sorry, it's going to be awesome.  LOL

ztigr 9/1/2012 4:20:07 PM

 "Like too little butter spread over too much bread",   this is what I am feeling about the material from the Hobbit and it being spread over three movies....

karenstewart 9/1/2012 5:56:25 PM

 I'm with you Caveman. That's awesome news but I wish it was out NOW. I'm really excited for this.

momitchell7 9/2/2012 6:45:01 PM

Sarcastic, by the date listed for the final movie, July 2014, and the first one releasing this December (2012), that is three movies released within a 19 month window...

SarcasticCaveman 9/2/2012 10:23:26 PM

 Indeed...but the release date for the second movie is still December of 2013...a year apart for the first 2, 7 months between 2 and 3.

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