Ok, folks, here’s the details on Peter Jackson’s extravaganza…
Film 1: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is due in theaters this December 14.
Film 2: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be in theaters on December 13, 2013.
Film 3: The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be released on July 18, 2014.
Dan Fellman, Warner Bros Pictures President of Domestic Distribution, said about the news: “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 tent-pole, but fans will have less time to wait for the finale of this epic adventure.”
It makes sense, but I could have sworn that they’d go all December releases like the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. Either way, I think the first and last subtitles are easy and predictable, but that second one is really interesting. I mean, we know that Smaug is defeated along the way, but to put it into the title? I’m not so sure about that…
It doesn’t matter, really. We’re all going, right? Right.