Third 'The Hobbit' Movie to Arrive July 2014, Final Titles Confirmed
It's about time we begin this three-year cinematic adventure. As everyone knows, Peter Jackson and Warner Bros revealed that they would indeed be turning The Hobbit into a trilogy of three movies, with one every year starting this December until 2014. At first we didn't know any other info besides that it was happening, now Warner Bros has officially announced the third movie, confirming a title and 2014 release date. Not to confuse anyone, but the third movie is getting the second movie's original title - There and Back Again (which is the perfect title for this wonderful story to end on). But when exactly will that be hitting theaters?
Our adventure will begin with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arriving in theaters on December 14th, 2012; next up will be The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second movie, arriving on December 13th, 2013; finally, this epic trilogy will come to its conclusion on July 18th, 2014 with The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Boy, does Warner Bros really love that late July "Batman" release slot. But why switch from the December pattern to July? WB's President of International Distribution explains: "Opening in the summer will maximize playability for what promises to be an event film for fans the world over." Indeed, but even Return of the King opened in December sticking with its three year pattern. Oh well.
"We wanted to have a shorter gap between the second and third films of The Hobbit Trilogy," said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution for WB. Was anyone even complaining? "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." These statements don't match up when they already have two scheduled for December, but nonetheless, I'm excited to see these movies whenever they're released. As we know, all three Hobbit movies will be released in EVERY film format that currently exists (sans 70mm): 2D, 3D, IMAX, 48FPS and 24FPS.