Fans of author J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings,” have some interesting updates this week on the upcoming prequel to the series, “The Hobbit.”
In most recent “The Hobbit” film news, it was revealed this Monday that a new title has been given to the second installment to the series; rather than “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” the next movie will be called “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
According to “Lifestyle and Celebrities” this week, “There and Back Again” will instead be given to the third and final film in Peter Jackson’s second (prequel) Tolkien trilogy. This last chapter to the classic saga has also been given a tentative release date in U.S. movie theaters less than two years from now—July 18, 2014.
While “The Hobbit movie: The Desolation of Smaug” won’t arrive in theaters until December 13, 2013, the first installment—“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”—featuring Frodo’s uncle Bilbo Baggins as the lead, is set to come out in theaters this December 14, 2012, for its premiere.
What is known about the second adaptation is that much of the filming will remain true to the book. Though it remains to be seen whether Smaug the dragon will make an appearance in all his fiery, greedy glory, director Peter Jackson has stated that the third movie will actually veer from the original novel and draw on details given from his access to J.R.R. Tolkien’s unpublished notes.
Peter Jackson, working with New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. once again, also revealed this July that “The Hobbit” film would be available in a 3-D version of the timeless children’s fantasy novel. To give justice to the book while including as many details as possible (much as he did for the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy), later confirmed to have it split into three separate movies instead of the original two.
According to Warner Bros., producers stated that they wanted the third adaptation to come out in U.S. theaters specifically in the summer of 2014 to maximize earning potential and increase the film’s potential as a summer blockbuster hit.
“We wanted to have a shorter gap between the second and third sets of ‘The Hobbit’ film trilogy … Opening in July gives us a perfect summer movies opportunity, but also makes less of a wait for fans anticipating the finale to the epic adventure,” reported distribution president Dan Fellman.
With only a little over three months to go before “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” arrives, no doubt Middle-earth and movie fans alike are preparing for their own unforgettable journey with Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo Baggins, and of course Thorin and the Company of dwarves.
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