Although originally made as a two-part film, Jackson and MGM have confirmed plans for a third film as well. The first film is currently titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, with the second sub-titled There and Back Again before the series was expanded into a trilogy. The first and second films were shot back-to-back in New Zealand and are currently in post-production; principal photography began on 21 March 2011 and completed on 6 July 2012. They are scheduled to be released on 14 December 2012 and 13 December 2013, respectively. The final film will be released in the summer of 2014. While the third film will make use of footage originally shot for the first and second films, it will require additional filming as well.
On 30 July 2012, Jackson confirmed plans to make a third film, turning his adaptation of The Hobbit into a trilogy. According to Jackson, the third film would make extensive use of the appendices that Tolkien wrote, to expand the story of Middle-Earth, and published in the back of The Return of the King. Martin Freeman and Sir Ian McKellen have already been contacted about appearing in a third film.
On 31 July 2012, it was reported that MarkMonitor registered a handful of domain names centered around the words Riddles in the Dark, The Battle of Five Armies and The Desolation of Smaug, suggesting that these are possible titles being considered for at least one of the films.