Titles and Release Dates Announced for THE HOBBIT

     May 30, 2011


Warner Bros. has announced the official release dates and titles for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.  For those who don’t know, the film is being split into two parts.  Part one is titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and it will be released on December 14, 2012.  Part two is titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again and it will hit theaters on December 13, 2013.  Both films are set sixty years before the events of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and has a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) who joins up with a band of dwarfs to retrieve a great treasure from the lair of a powerful dragon.

I approve of the titles for both parts, which is good because I know Warner Bros. and Peter Jackson were really counting on my approval.  Hit the jump to check out the press release.

Here’s the press release:


First film slated to open on December 14, 2012 and second film to be released on December 13, 2013

New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM have announced the titles and release dates for filmmaker Peter Jackson’s two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit.  The first film, titled “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” will be released on December 14, 2012.  The second film, titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is slated for release the following year, on December 13, 2013.

Both films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien’s “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 adventure of “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 from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

Under Jackson’s direction, both movies are being shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology.  Filming is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and Martin Freeman, who just won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the BBC series “Sherlock,” takes on the central role of Bilbo Baggins.  Also reprising their roles from “The Lord of the Rings” movies are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Orlando Bloom as Legolas; Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum.  The ensemble cast also includes (in alphabetical order) Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, and Aidan Turner.

The screenplays for “The Hobbit” films are by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson.  Jackson is also producing the films, together with Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham.  The executive producers are Ken Kamins and Zane Weiner, with Philippa Boyens serving as co-producer.

“The Hobbit” films are productions of New Line Cinema and MGM, 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.



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  • Michael

    Those are good titles, but I still wish that it would just be one long movie, than split into two, released one year apart. I sense there will be much padding.

    • ringbearer1420

      If theirs padding, that’s PJ’s fault, there’s plenty of material. Look at how much has been cut from Game of Thrones and that’s essentially a ten hour movie.
      But ROTK was ruined by pointless and unnecessary padding.

      • Paul

        LOL. Yes, ROTK was ruined by becoming one of the most highly successful and acclaimed films in movie history.

  • Jay-Me-Dee

    Absolutely perfect choice…the logic one. ;)

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  • dylan

    This first part has a good title, part 2 has an appropriately epic title

  • Jude Law?

    Who cares? We have “Game Of Thrones”. Forget this boring shit!

    • Ryan Roberts


  • Tommyk123123

    An Unexpected Journey sucks as a title.

  • 1AngryMan

    Hey, at least the first film isn’t called : THE LORD OF THE RINGS ORIGINS: THE HOBBIT

    • willybilly

      Lmao thank god..

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  • Oliver

    If it was me, I’d have called the first one “The Hobbit” and the second one “There and Back Again”. I really don’t see the need to call them both ‘the hobbit’

    • Justin

      I agree with you Oliver. Completely agree.

    • Aurora Vampiris

      First rule of marketing and showbusiness: Assume the audience is daft. Therefore, the audience just won’t make the connection with “The Hobbit” spelt out in both titles.

      • Aurora Vampiris


      • Opwernby

        That’s right. Remember that most people (a) have the IQ of a carrot, and (b) have never read a book (see (a) for details)…

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  • Charles Ranier

    First title fits, it’s the title of the opening chapter. Second title is the title Bilbo chose for his own book of the story. So, yeah. Thanks for the fanservice, PJ.

  • JWarren82

    @Aurora: That’s not exactly what happened with “The Dark Knight”…

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  • stylus59

    MGM’s gonna be back in their glory days.

  • Tallulah

    Wow, cast. This is going to be great, and I never even liked the Hobbit. Should prolly get around to finishing the book…ahem…

  • Migz13

    I’d still watch this even if it’s titled “I love little hairy midget feet”

    • Adam G.


  • Adam G.

    While I love the title of the second one (absolutely essential that it be named that), perhaps the “An Unexpected Journey” part will go the way of “A New Hope” on the original Star Wars movie, and everybody just calling it “The Hobbit”.

    After all, NOBODY ever says “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”. I’m lucky if I end up saying anything more than just “Empire”.

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