THE HOBBIT Trilogy Concludes on July 18th, 2014; Second Film Now Titled THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

     August 31, 2012

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We can now confirm that the third installment in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy will open on July 18th, 2014.  The film will now be called The Hobbit: There and Back Again.  Before you get too confused, the second film has been re-titled, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  No title or release date changes have touched the first film, so, in summation:

  • 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.

Still with me? Hit the jump for more on The Hobbit shuffle.

Deadline reported on the new release date for the third film in The Hobbit trilogy as well as the shuffling of titles.  We previously posited the question of when we would see the dragon, Smaug (motion-captured and voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) in the trilogy.  Matt also reported that the closing chapter would probably still carry the title of The Hobbit: There and Back Again with the middle installment taking on either The Desolation of Smaug or Riddles in the Dark.  So why the shorter time between the second and third films?  A statement from Dan Fellman, Warner Bros Pictures President of Domestic Distribution said:

“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.”

Works for me.  What do you folks think of the new title?

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