It was announced recently that Peter Jackson has planned to make a third Hobbit film, thus creating a Hobbit trilogy, and today brings news of the third films title and release date. As expected, the third film takes the title of what was to be the second film, and the second film has now been retitled. So, in order to make things as clear as possible for you, here is the list of the full titles of each film, and their release dates:
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will open on December 14th, 2012.
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will open December 13th, 2013.
- The Hobbit: There and Back Again will open July 18th, 2014.
So there you have it, and it is not long to wait for the first film in the trilogy to arrive. What is most interesting about this release schedule is the fact the third film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will be released just in time for the summer holidays, and marks Peter Jackson’s first assault on the usually busy summer blockbuster season (let’s ignore this year shall we). Jackson’s other two Hobbit films all arrive in December months, while all three of his Lord of the Rings films, and King Kong, all arrived during the festival December time, so why the change of heart for the fourth film?
Said Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman about the decision, “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.” Added Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of International Distribution, “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.”
A wise move then? Possibly, possibly not as pencilled in for that same weekend will be X-Men: Days of Future Past, a huge competition to Jackson’s The Hobbit.
Directed by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood, Christopher Lee, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom,Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Evangeline Lilly,Ian Holm, Billy Connolly and James Nesbitt.
“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
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By Matt Wavish