Second ‘Hobbit’ Movie Gets New Name, Plus Premier Date Of Third Film Is Revealed

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(Updated 4/9/12): When Peter Jackson announced his plans for a third Hobbit movie last month. The speculation about what the story would be and when it would premier in the summer began and now thanks to EW.com we have a little more insight.

According to new reports the second movie has had a name change and will hit theatres on 13th December 2013. The new name for the movie is The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Warner Bros also revealed that the third movie, which has taken the titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again will get a summer released on 18th July 2014.Shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second, the trilogy of films will be released in High Frame Rate (HFR) 3D, other 3D formats, IMAX and 2D.

There is no change as to when the first film will open. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will open 14th December 2012. The screenplay is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro. Jackson is also producing the films, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

Under Jackson’s direction, all three movies are being shot in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Additional filming, as with principal photography, is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

This latest announcement gives fans a much clearer idea of how each film will climax. The Desolation of Smaug refers to the wasteland surrounding the Lonely Mountain, the lair of the dragon Smaug, who’s responsible for stealing the dwarf treasure that launches Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) onto his adventure. That indicates that the second film could likely focus on the confrontation with Smaug (played via performance capture by Benedict Cumberbatch), while the third film would turn its attention to the Battle of Five Armies.

Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, stated, “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.”

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