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'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Title Announced; 'There and Back Again' Becomes 3rd Movie

Warner Bros. has given the final film in this 'Lord of the Rings' prequel trilogy a Summer of 2014 release date.
The Hobbit trilogy will conclude July 18, 2014
The Hobbit trilogy will conclude July 18, 2014
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."

From Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson, the trilogy of films is set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of The Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King.

The screenplay for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first film in the trilogy, is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro. Jackson is also producing the films, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Marks Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

Under Jackson's direction, all three movies are being shot in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Additional filming, as with principal photography, is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the two remaining films in the trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television licensing, being handled by MGM.

The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies comes to theaters December 17th, 2014 and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Martin Freeman, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.



Sources: Warner Bros.

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  1. THE JOKER

    Kind of boring titles.. don't you think....

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  2. Cheetoboy

    I really can't wait, it means will get to see Smaug early, but I wonder what the third film, which will be There and Back Again will be mainly about, since the The Desolation of Smaug is will focus on the Dragon, and Isn't Smaug suppose to be the main antagonist in this saga?

    2 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  3. Writer220

    Del Toro was supposed to direct but Peter was taking too long in his decisions to get everything right.
    PJ other contracts were put on hold until these films were done.

    Now with directors like PJ and Del Toro one would think that either one, or Zack might one day do a D&D film.

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  4. CBF

    @gumperman I would agree.

    2 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  5. incmob

    @writer220 yes, 5-10 years to release extended cuts of all three films...lol

    2 years agoby @incmobFlag

  6. gumperman

    @paulington Exactly!

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  7. gumperman

    @comicbookfan Oh I didn't know they were back and forth about it. I just heard it might be a trilogy, then it was confirmed to be a trilogy and now the previous second movie title becomes the third and we have a new title for the second one. And you're right, Peter Jackson probably does think he is a Hobbit and never wants to leave middle earth or stop filming it.

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  8. the Narrator

    I wonder what Del Toro thinks of this...

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  9. Dragon1991

    This sounds a bit rushed to me.

    2 years agoby @Dragon1991Flag

  10. Paulington

    @Lord McLovin of MovieWeb It's not a newly filmed third movie. There was too much footage shot during the first and second movie. So much so that Peter Jackson knew he could get three films out of what he shot as opposed to scaling them back. He is going to film some extra stuff for both the second and third movie to fill in some plot holes. Remember how we got The Lord of the Rings movies in theaters, and then these Director's Cuts came out for each movie? Same thing here, only they are taking what would be deleted scenes and shaping two movies out of them. So essentially we won't ever get an extended or Director's cut of Two Hobbit movies. We're get that as a second and third film. Like Kill Bill was supposed to be one movie. But they cut it in two because they could make more money. That is what is happening here. There and Back Again is long enough to be two movies, so now it is. Don't be mislead in that a whole new second film is being shot. Its not. A couple of scenes are being extended, and some new stuff is being shot. That's it.

    2 years agoby @paulingtonFlag

  11. moviegeek

    Oh The Hobbit just annoys me now. What a cash grab.

    2 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  12. skywise

    I had a feeling they would use this title. It makes sense and There and Back Again is much better as the final film.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  13. Writer220

    I ave faith in him, besides after all this he'll need to have five to ten years to do something else.

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  14. ChiRep_1

    Jackson will NOT let us down. Three Hobbit films in two years are much needed in a post Dark Knight world

    2 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  15. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    July 2014? Why not December 2014? All of Peter Jackson's films usually come out in mid-December.

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  16. ROFLitschristian

    Can I just have a good film, please?

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  17. CBF

    @slysnide Exactly.

    Funny how the title of the article just changed now.

    2 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  18. Ghostman

    This article is misleading. The Hobbit: There and Back Again was pushed back to be released as the third film. The Desolation of Smaug is going to be the newly filmed third movie.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  19. Cheetoboy

    I think the Desolation of Smaug is a very good title, especially for the second one which means we won't half to wait to long to see Smaug, and man I can't wait to see how monstrously cool he'll look. @slysnide You might be right about that, but Peter said he discovered some old side notes written by JRR Tolkien, that could've have been blueprints for a third hobbit tale, so Peter is tapping more into that plus, he also said that he has alot of good extra scenes that will now make it into the Hobbit trilogy.

    2 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  20. slysnide

    This just sounds terrible. That book is too short with not enough material to stretch it into a fitting trilogy. Two films I can see, and that's hard enough to believe considering the book's only just over 300pgs long. But definitely not a trilogy.

    2 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  21. CBF

    @gumperman Yes but how long have they been back and forth about it? That is the more important thing to consider when reading articles like these. They've said this before. Then denied it before. Peter Jackson probably thinks he is a hobbit.

    2 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  22. gumperman

    @2movieguys I know so soon after the second one, awesome! At least we don't have to wait a whole year in between films like the first two.

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  23. CelluloidDreams

    July 2014!.....!!! DAMN!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  24. gumperman

    @comicbookfan Where have you been, @movieweb announced that a third movie was confirmed a couple of weeks after the link you posted. movieweb/news/the-hobbit-confirmed-for-three-movies?page=2#comments

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  25. the MovieGhost

    @comicbookfan Nope. I'm right there with you.

    2 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  26. CBF

    Anyone else agree this makes no sense?

    2 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  27. CBF

    What garbage. What's up with Jackson dismissing rumors of a Hobbit 3 at SDCC this year then? Bullsh*t.

    2 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  28. RogueVadr6

    THE SUSPENSE!!!!!!

    2 years agoby @RogueVadr6Flag

  29. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Just like the first trilogy

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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