Third ‘Hobbit’ Film Gets a Release Date; Second Film Now Titled ‘Desolation of Smaug’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated December 7th, 2012 at 10:05 am,

The Hobbit Third Film New Title and Release Date Third Hobbit Film Gets a Release Date; Second Film Now Titled Desolation of Smaug

Back when Peter Jackson assumed the directorial role on Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Tolkien’s The Hobbit, it was envisioned as two films, one titled An Unexpected Journey and the other titled There and Back Again. The first film’s title was a creation of the writing team while ‘There and Back Again’ was a reference to the book Bilbo writes to sum up his adventures.

Now that Jackson has revealed he’s going to make three films out of The Hobbit, that original plan has changed. Most figured that the original two films would keep their titles, and Jackson’s third film – which encompasses ancillary pieces of writing from Tolkien and would bridge the gap between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings – would adopt a new subtitle, but that is not the case.

In fact, as The Hollywood Reporter has revealed, the third film in the newly formed trilogy will be titled There and Back Again, and the second film will now be subtitled The Desolation of Smaug. Back when Warner Bros. registered domains for Desolation (and for Riddles in the Dark) we hypothesized that the third and second film might swap titles, and now that theory has been confirmed.

In addition to new titles for the second two films, THR reports that There and Back Again (now the third film if you’re keeping track) will release on July 18, 2014, less than a year after the release of Desolation of Smaug (Hobbit film number two).

It’s a lot of new information for Hobbit fans to take on, but it also makes sense in terms of the films’ presumed layout. An Unexpected Journey is most blatantly a reference to Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) taking on the major quest in The Hobbit, while Desolation of Smaug establishes the setting in part two. Some spoiler-phobic moviegoers are reading the film’s subtitle as telling of its climactic conclusion, but really it’s only a reference to where Smaug the dragon resides.

As was mentioned before, There and Back Again is a title that references Bilbo’s book, and makes for the perfect way to round out the trilogy. This third film will still, likely, encapsulate mostly non-Hobbit storylines, and will be a perfect place for Lord of the Rings‘ cast members like Elijah Wood to reappear.

Smaug Dragon Head Art Third Hobbit Film Gets a Release Date; Second Film Now Titled Desolation of Smaug

Image Credit: David “moonchild” Demaret

In essence, fans now know how Peter Jackson would like to lay things out in The Hobbit trilogy, and more importantly when they will be able to see each film in theaters. There’s still plenty more to be revealed about the movies, including where An Unexpected Journey ends and when Desolation of Smaug begins, not to mention what we’ll actually see in There and Back Again, but we’ll get to that in due time.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey releases on December 14, 2012; its sequel Desolation of Smaug releases on December 13, 2013; and the final film in the trilogy, There and Back Again, releases on July 18, 2014.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. I think the hobbit is a great book and, after watching the movies every1 has 2 agree that the movie is awesome 2. Evry1 is saying that it is a blatant money-grab on jack sons part 2 turn the Hobbit into three films because the LOTR books were longer but it is really all 4 money?????????????????? Since Twilight and the Harry Potter 2-parts it’s like a movie trend to have stuff in more than one parts. It’s like…..what???? Tbh I’m not all that bothered about the costs….I’m more annoyed that I’ll be 2 years older by the time I’ve actually watched all the movies. The suspense is gonna kill me! I always respected Jackson 4 not conforming with the ‘popular’ trends for movies…but now I am starting 2 worry he has become Hollywood-ified. Such a shame…… No matter what happens he will always give the best so despite everything, can’t wait 4 the movies.

    • Manty if they dont cut up the film in to 3 party they would have had to cut out a lot of the story in this case the cartoon the hobbit cut out so much … the film is 3 hours so farm lol

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  3. An Unexpected Journey is in reference to the name of the first chapter of The Hobbit. The writers just borrowed it, but they surely didn’t create it themselves.

  4. Im so happy to hear there are two more movies coming i absolutely loved the lord of the rings trilogy and loved the Hobbit thanks…

  5. i hope that the producers make a film like the lord of the ring the three parts were greats and amazing icant stop listning to their muisic. besides. the games 2 and 3 are very very specials and i play them since 2006 till now

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