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The Third Hobbit Has A Name & Date
Middle story is The Desolation Of Smaug

02 September 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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The Third Hobbit Has A Name & Date

Yes, Hobbit fans, it’s true. The much rumoured and now 100% rock-solid official third film in Peter Jackson’s latest visit to Middle-earth does have a name. And that name is… The Hobbit: There And Back Again. “But… Oh, wise and mighty wizards at Empire,” we hear some of you ask, “Isn’t that the name of the second film? Have you been smoking pipe-weed?” Well, it was the name of the second film. But now the middle chunk will be called The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.

That’s not all the news, which was announced, surprisingly, on a Friday afternoon before a US holiday weekend (that's surprising because this is not bad news anyone would want to bury). The other glad tiding is that you won’t have to wait long for film numero three.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives on Dec 14 this year as planned, and The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug hits screens on December 13, 2013, as was always the schedule for the second film. Then the freshly retitled The Hobbit: There And Back Again will be in cinemas on July 18, 2014.

Why the shorter gap? “We wanted to have a shorter gap between the second and third films. Opening in July affords us not only the perfect summer tent pole, but fans will have less time to wait for the finale of this epic adventure," Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said in a statement picked up by The Hollywood Reporter.

So how excited are you? And what do you reckon to the name of the new instalment?


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Quality, not quantity, is what we need
Have just seen Anna Karenina and marvelled at how magnificently Joe Wright and Tom Stoppard have retained both the depth and breadth of Tolstoy's classic. Without in any way belittling "The Hobbit" as a great work of literature, I fail to understand how Peter Jackson is unable to deliver it in a single movie. In comparison to Lord of the Rings, which Tolkien saw fit to deliver in three installments, The Hobbit is relatively short and, given that Jackson has already established Middle More

Posted by Mike T at 03:18 on 15 September 2012 | Report This Post

Money: Chicken and Egg thing
Yee s a lot happens in the book and hopefully we will catch some more of the nuances of the relationships between the characters that was missed in the Lof R trilogy (Eomer and Gimli; Faramir and Eowyn) I also think that apart from the appendices a lot of the varied and clolourful history surrounding Middle Earth, The Ring, Elves et al. in the other books that make up Tolkiens world will be 'worked' into the films. I'm all for that but I hope thet the central theme, which is Bilbo's adventure More

Posted by rabmcewen at 11:24 on 10 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Hmm...
I wouldn't agree - it's mainly, I think, pointless Tom Bombadil obsessives really. The themes, however, remain and are used well. Jackson isn't Snyder - it's not a page by page translation without applying creativity and intelligence. More

Posted by elab49 at 11:26 on 07 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Hmm...
L: elab49 LOTR was originally published over three volumes - hence slotting across to three films. ote] Also, do hardcore fans of the LotR books not claim that even the movie extended editions don't include important aspects of Tolkien's books? At least that won't be a problem this time! I know three movies for the Hobbit sounds a lot, but surely Jackson has earned the benefit of the doubt (in a way perhaps not true of studio beancounters deciding to make multiple movies out More

Posted by cerebusboy at 10:50 on 07 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Hmm...
LOTR was originally published over three volumes - hence slotting across to three films.  More

Posted by elab49 at 23:53 on 04 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Hmm...
L: Fozola Am I missing something or wasn't the original trilogy based on one book and no one batted an eyelid at that. When I read it it was one book (albeit a big bastard) so what's the feckin problem??? 3 books normally but i have seen it sold as one large book as it's continuous (obviously) More

Posted by Kalielyn at 17:28 on 04 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: You are all numpties...
L: Gumptionbrash Judging by the comments, looks like nobody's read The Hobbit. had then they'd realise that while the book is short, there is an awful lot that happens in it and around it.you should at least consider the difference in mediums. But no, let's just troll the comments and compare these movies to tripe, because it's funny and it gives my life meaning. Anyway, you have to realise that Jackson and Co will have pored over every page of that book and looked at how they More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 12:52 on 03 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: MEH....
L: natman_begins He should just release the 3 films over an 18 month period starting form Christmas. I'm not sure that making 3 films out of 1 book is a good idea but if he insists it would be better to get them out the way sooner rather than later. rrr... Good idea mate, but I think they're already doing that. God I hope your day job doesn't involve either arithmetic or literacy. More

Posted by magicwings at 08:42 on 03 September 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Kalielyn interesting choice of title for the middle film. Has anybody thought that these 3 films might not have a long running time like the LotR films? Hence 3 films. Along with the Hobbit story line, appendices and Gandalf v Necromancer there should be enough for 3 150 minute films rather than 2 180 minute films. Can't wait either way! es I think the interesting thing will be the length of the movies. Average idiot says: 3 LOTR movies for 3 books can't possibly equate to 3 More

Posted by sifter132 at 22:55 on 02 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: It's all about money, obviously...
Odd - it came up in another discussion and that was a point made.   In which case, games abogey More

Posted by elab49 at 15:51 on 02 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: It's all about money, obviously...
L: elab49 Unless you get two films of the Hobbit and then one of the appendices - in which case ignore the 3rd and you're fine? ope, bite stretched out through all three films, the titles are a clear indication of that. More

Posted by My name is Legion at 15:29 on 02 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: It's all about money, obviously...
Unless you get two films of the Hobbit and then one of the appendices - in which case ignore the 3rd and you're fine? More

Posted by elab49 at 15:22 on 02 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: It's all about money, obviously...
L: badblokebob L: intelandroid If you've read The Hobbit, then you will know that there isn't enough material there for two films, let alone three thing they're not just using bitbut also ]'s appendices. Problem solved! Now you can start liking it. As for the news itself... July? Really? Feels wrong. I love the way people keep parroting "they're using the appendices!" as a justification for the absurdity of making this into a trilogy. I wonder how many of these peopl More

Posted by My name is Legion at 13:13 on 02 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: It's all about money, obviously...
L: intelandroid If you've read The Hobbit, then you will know that there isn't enough material there for two films, let alone three thing they're not just using bitbut also ]'s appendices. Problem solved! Now you can start liking it. As for the news itself... July? Really? Feels wrong. More

Posted by badblokebob at 06:59 on 01 September 2012 | Report This Post

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