WARNER BROS. OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES NEW TITLES FOR THE THREE ‘HOBBIT’ FILMS
There’s been a bit of controversy surrounding Peter Jackson’s decision to extend and transform a relatively simple children’s book into an epic film trilogy. PJ and his kiwi crew are padding The Hobbit with material mined deep from the appendices in The Lord of the Rings novels, as well as completely made-up additions from writers Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyens. Good idea or not, the Middle Earth machine is rolling forward like a juggernaut, and there’s nothing any of us can do about it.
Tonight, The Hollywood Reporter and some other media sources are confirming that the two films due to follow this December’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey now have official titles and release dates. The second film of the trilogy will be titled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and will be released on December 13, 2013, and the third film, The Hobbit: There And Back Again hits the megaplexes on July 18 2014. That prime July release date marks the first time a Lord of the Rings film will be released in the summer, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of International Distribution said in the press release:
Translation = “We are putting the final Lord of the Rings movie ever out in the summer so we can take all of your American dollars and buy new villas in the Swiss Alps.”