As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the three films now have their official names and release dates. Here they are:
The first film
Fans world wide have been speculating about where the first film will end. Spoiler ahead, please don’t read if you are one of those who don’t want to know where the book will be broken up in the movies.
The current thought is that the movie will end after the company gets rescued from the goblin cum warg attack with the help of the eagles… Not a great place to end the movie but hey, it’s a probability not a certainty.
The second film
The second film is releasing a year later – sigh. A big wait that, but well, it will make the year more interesting to say the least. 😉 The title is self-explanatory as to where it will end. So Smaug, the Magnificent, will finally be struck down by the end of 2013. 😀
The third film
Ah, now this release date is interesting. We do not have to wait for a year to find out the end to this one. Honestly though, I am hoping that besides the Battle of the Five Armies, we get to see a movement into the following The Lord of the Rings in this installment of The Hobbit.
The Hollywood Reporter had this to say:
In sharp contrast to Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the second and third Hobbit pics will open within seven months of each other (the Lord of the Rings pics opened a year apart, at Christmas).
“We wanted to have a shorter gap between the second and third films,” Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said in a statement. “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, 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.”