Final part of The Hobbit trilogy dated for summer 2014, final titles revealed

After a curious move a few weeks ago with the announcement of a third Hobbit movie, Warner Bros. and MGM have revealed the release date and title of the third and final instalment in director Peter Jackson’s trilogy.

The third movie in The Hobbit trilogy will be named The Hobbit: There and Back Again and will be released worldwide on July 18th, 2014.  The finale’s title was originally the title for the second instalment, which was subsequently announced to now be The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again marks the first of six Peter Jackson movies set in Middle Earth to open in the summer rather than the winter, picking up a release spot previously shared by other Warner Bros. hits The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

On the announcement of this new The Hobbit news, Warner Bros.’ president of international distribution Veronika Kwan Vandernberg 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.”

With the announcement of the final titles for The Hobbit trilogy and their dates, the release line-up now reads as thus:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released December 14th 2012.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released Decemeber 13th 2013.

And The Hobbit: There And Back Again will be released July 18th 2014.

All films will be released in 2D, 3D, IMAX and 3D at 48 frames per second. Boasting an impressive ensemble, much like Jackson’s previous journey into Middle Earth, the upcoming trilogy includes Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen reprising his role of Gandalf and Richard Armitage as dwarf Thorin Oakenshield who leads a company of fellow dwarf adventurers.

For a trilogy of movies most likely with a run-time similar to that of Jackson’s Lord of the Rings epics, it’s curious that the original source material for The Hobbit comes from a singular book around 300 pages long. Jackson however has gone to explain that these movies have developed, much like in the words of Tolkien (writer of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit and other Middle Earth works) into: “a tale that grew in the telling”.

The three movies intend not just to tell the original story set in The Hobbit but build on more characters and stories not yet seen on screen from the world Middle Earth, as well as bridging The Hobbit with Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

With Jackson’s previous efforts in the world of Middle Earth producing three multi-Oscar-winning movies that are generally regarded as some of the finest cinematic adaptations of written work in cinema, The Hobbit looks to continue that legacy and tell a prequel story on a scale never seen before and make us glad that we could return once again to The Shire.

Start getting ready for the first film of the trilogy: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, coming later this year.

Source: Variety

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