Hobbit update

Titles and release dates have been released for the upcoming movie trilogy based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit.

As announced last month, The Hobbit, Peter Jackson’s long awaited adaptation of the prequel to The Lord of the Rings, will be made into a trilogy rather than the two-parter originally announced. Yesterday, the new title of the second instalment was announced, with the intended title going to the final instalment, and the expected release date of the final instalment also being announced.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released on December 13th, 2013; whilst the third and final instalment in the series, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, following on July 18th, 2014. The first of the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will be released at the end of this year, on December 14th.

Jackson, who directed the LOTR trilogy, announced the news that the series will be extended into a trilogy through his Facebook page early last month. On The Hobbit Jackson will be rejoined by LOTR cast members such as Sir Ian Mckellen, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom and Elijah Wood, who will be reclaiming their former roles. Meanwhile, stars such as Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch will join the cast, taking on the roles of Bilbo Baggins and the voice of The Necromancer respectively.

via Second The Hobbit Instalment Title Changed, Thrid Movie Release Date Announced | Contactmusic.

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  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Looking forward to it!

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Looking forward to it!

  • http://www.cyberbrethren.com Rev. Paul T. McCain

    So, six hours, and in the DVD Extended Edition, sure to follow, we’ll probably have, what? Something perhaps like eight or ten hours total run time?

    Will be interesting to see how this turns out. I’m kind of skeptical at this point about devoting this much time to a single volume.

  • http://www.cyberbrethren.com Rev. Paul T. McCain

    So, six hours, and in the DVD Extended Edition, sure to follow, we’ll probably have, what? Something perhaps like eight or ten hours total run time?

    Will be interesting to see how this turns out. I’m kind of skeptical at this point about devoting this much time to a single volume.

  • Tom Hering

    Some excellent TV miniseries, based on a single book, have lasted six hours and longer. So a long adaptation isn’t a bad thing in and of itself. But can anyone doubt that The Hobbit has become a trilogy in order to sell more tickets, and not because a trilogy best serves the story, or will result in the best movie/s?

  • Tom Hering

    Some excellent TV miniseries, based on a single book, have lasted six hours and longer. So a long adaptation isn’t a bad thing in and of itself. But can anyone doubt that The Hobbit has become a trilogy in order to sell more tickets, and not because a trilogy best serves the story, or will result in the best movie/s?

  • Bryan Lindemood

    The product licenses, I’m sure, make much more business sense if the movie spreads out over a number of years.

    I’m hopeful that Mr. Jackson will make boatloads of money and entertain me in a way that is faithful to the book. I really enjoyed his “Ring” trilogy and thought he did a great job of that.

    And in some part thanks to this, my two oldest children and I, are currently reading the book. No small achievement, I tell you.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    The product licenses, I’m sure, make much more business sense if the movie spreads out over a number of years.

    I’m hopeful that Mr. Jackson will make boatloads of money and entertain me in a way that is faithful to the book. I really enjoyed his “Ring” trilogy and thought he did a great job of that.

    And in some part thanks to this, my two oldest children and I, are currently reading the book. No small achievement, I tell you.

  • Mockingbird

    Strictly speaking, “The Hobbit” trilogy is not just “The Hobbit”, but contains material from the appendices from LOTR and Silmalrillion. And while it would be foolish to discount greed, I think Peter Jackson has shown in the LOTR trilogy that he also has a great love for the material and wants to do right by it.

  • Mockingbird

    Strictly speaking, “The Hobbit” trilogy is not just “The Hobbit”, but contains material from the appendices from LOTR and Silmalrillion. And while it would be foolish to discount greed, I think Peter Jackson has shown in the LOTR trilogy that he also has a great love for the material and wants to do right by it.


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