The Third Hobbit Film Gets a Release Date (and a Familiar Name)

Peter Jackson renames the second film in the trilogy 'The Desolation of Smaug.'

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


Peter Jackson recently announced that The Hobbit will become a movie trilogy, meaning that the shortest novel in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy series needs as much screen time as the entire trilogy of novels that followed. But no matter.

One of the things Jackson neglected to mention in his original announcement was what the third film in the trilogy will be called. The first movie, due out December 14, 2012, is titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The second film, in theaters December 13, 2013, was originally titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Now we learn that the third film, in theaters July 18, 2014, will be called… The Hobbit: There and Back Again?

Yup, the subtitle "There and Back Again," the title Bilbo Baggins uses within the story for his autobiography, is needed for the end of the series, which makes sense. It's the second film that needs a new title, and the one they've come up with makes abundantly clear what part of the book will comprise the second film in the trilogy, since it's called The Desolation of Smaug. So the first film will be about getting to Smaug, the second film will be about Smaug himself, aka just four chapters from the novel. We guess there's going to be some padding involved.

CraveOnline will be back with more Hobbit news now that we're officially on the doorstep.