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We now know the title for The Hobbit Part Two and the release date for The Hobbit Part Three

Aug. 31, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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I'll keep this short, unlike the film adaptation of THE HOBBIT.  Zing!*

Part One is still THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY - expect it on December 14th of this year.

Part Two is now THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG - expect it on December 13th, 2013.  This goes along with certain recent comments from Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor providing both the voice and motion capture for Smaug himself.

Part Three is now THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN - expect it on July 18th, 2014.

The following statement on the matter comes from Dan Fellman, Warner Bros Pictures President of Domestic Distribution: “We wanted to have a shorter gap between the second and third films of The Hobbit Trilogy. 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.”

And epic it shall most surely be. Remember that Jackson isn't just stretching "The Hobbit" itself into three films, but rather packing the story full with bits and threads from Tolkien's appendices.

THE HOBBIT trilogy was/will be shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second, and can be seen upon release in High Frame Rate (HFR) 3D, various other 3D formats, IMAX, and 2D.

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*Outside of the one viewing in cinemas, I've only ever watched the LORD OF THE RINGS films in Extended Edition form, and that's the only way I'll ever watch them.  But I also know that there are people who disagree and are not enthused for Jackson stretching out the story like this - I'm just not one of them.  I'm very enthused.  Extremely enthused.  Probably unhealthily enthused, in all honesty.

Extra Tidbit: There was a rumor about "The Desolation of Smaug" a little while back - the title that accompanied it as a second possibility was "The Battle of Five Armies."

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10:01PM on 08/31/2012

Its ok to be unhealthily enthused about these films

Tolkien is the man
Tolkien is the man
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10:54PM on 08/31/2012
The Desolation of Smaug is an awesome title.
The Desolation of Smaug is an awesome title.
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2:11AM on 09/01/2012
i can't describe how excited I am for these movies.
i can't describe how excited I am for these movies.
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6:45AM on 09/01/2012
I feel better about this three film thing every hour.
Tidbit: in the books the desolation of Smaug only precedes the Battle of Five by a day or two, so the title could go either way.
I feel better about this three film thing every hour.
Tidbit: in the books the desolation of Smaug only precedes the Battle of Five by a day or two, so the title could go either way.
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11:17AM on 09/01/2012

I know I'll get flamed for this...but

Sorry folks, I know about much of this generation is all into LOTR and such as it is indeed their Star Wars, but I guess this just isn't my genre and I could never get into it. In fact, I still can't sit through ROTK in its' entirety and could care less if I ever see it. Just not my cup of tea despite all the marvelously talented involved that brought it together. However, enjoy The Hobbit over the next couple years, maybe I'll catch it on DVD one day...
Sorry folks, I know about much of this generation is all into LOTR and such as it is indeed their Star Wars, but I guess this just isn't my genre and I could never get into it. In fact, I still can't sit through ROTK in its' entirety and could care less if I ever see it. Just not my cup of tea despite all the marvelously talented involved that brought it together. However, enjoy The Hobbit over the next couple years, maybe I'll catch it on DVD one day...
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2:43PM on 09/04/2012
I'm in total agreement with you. I would never down anyone for liking the films, but they just aren't my cup of tea.
I'm in total agreement with you. I would never down anyone for liking the films, but they just aren't my cup of tea.
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11:44AM on 09/01/2012

I'm with you.....

I will only watch the extended editions of the triliogy. They are better, the story is better, and for a fan of the books they add more from them.
I will only watch the extended editions of the triliogy. They are better, the story is better, and for a fan of the books they add more from them.
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11:49AM on 09/01/2012
i don't care how many films this ends up being. If Peter Jackson wants to make the table of contents into it's own movie, I would watch it.
i don't care how many films this ends up being. If Peter Jackson wants to make the table of contents into it's own movie, I would watch it.
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1:54PM on 09/01/2012

I CALL B.S.

It's really annoying to me they are release this into a trilogy, as if it's something the fans are going to love...It's an obvious ploy to make more money and it's now going to take a lot longer for us to watch the film in it's entirety. I mean come on! A 300 page book turned into three movies!?! The smell of money stinks bad on this one.
It's really annoying to me they are release this into a trilogy, as if it's something the fans are going to love...It's an obvious ploy to make more money and it's now going to take a lot longer for us to watch the film in it's entirety. I mean come on! A 300 page book turned into three movies!?! The smell of money stinks bad on this one.
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1:57PM on 09/01/2012
I'm sorry but those of you that think three films is a good idea, has got a pretty bad case of Stockholm Syndrome.
I'm sorry but those of you that think three films is a good idea, has got a pretty bad case of Stockholm Syndrome.
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11:09PM on 09/02/2012

CONSPIRACIES ABOUND

I'm very down with Peter Jackson making this into 3 movies in order to tell a more complete story. However, I can't help but think this was the plan from the very beginning. I mean what better way to drive up hype just before the release of one of the most anticipated prequel of all time. It's quite obvious to anyone familiar with the source material that there is so much to make many movies from. Since Jackson has made oodles of $$$'s on LOTR, one can only think that maybe the idea of 2
I'm very down with Peter Jackson making this into 3 movies in order to tell a more complete story. However, I can't help but think this was the plan from the very beginning. I mean what better way to drive up hype just before the release of one of the most anticipated prequel of all time. It's quite obvious to anyone familiar with the source material that there is so much to make many movies from. Since Jackson has made oodles of $$$'s on LOTR, one can only think that maybe the idea of 2 movies was a based but then soon realized that 3 movies was the way to go ala Star Wars. With so little in proven franchises available at the moment, it seems academic that The Hobbit would be told in 3 parts. My guess is The Hobbit won't even get into the meat of the story until half way thru the first movie with Smaug only being hinted until Desolation. The 3rd will be an interesting journey back to Hobbiton. Either way, this is Hollywood. It's always been about $$$$ and always will be. Thankfully we have Jackson to tell a good story even if by the time all is said and done with extended versions, we can expect nearly 24 hours of movie time based Tolkien's story.
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