Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures have jointly announced that the final film in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy will be released worldwide on July 18, 2014.
The studios also announced that the title of the second installment in the franchise will be called The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
The first film is currently titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, with the second subtitled There and Back Again before the series was expanded into a trilogy; the second film was later retitled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and the third film was titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Confused? We were for a while!
Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, said: “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.”
Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of international distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, added: “The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be an action spectacle and an emotional conclusion for this already much-anticipated trilogy. Opening in the summer will maximize playability for what promises to be an event film for fans the world over.”
So the release dates are:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: December 14, 2012
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: December 13, 2013
The Hobbit: There and Back Again: July 18, 2014