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    September 2, 2012


    Warner Bros and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) jointly-announced the release date for the third 'Hobbit' film. Hence, The Hobbit is now officially a trilogy, instead of having only two films as envisioned in the original plan. Previously, the two 'Hobbit' films were given subtitles 'An Unexpected Journey' and 'There and Back Again'. The third film will have its own subtitle but that is not the case as there are some subtitle changes occurring along side with the announcement. Read on to learn more about the announcement and some changes for the trilogy.

    The third film is now slated to open worldwide on July 18, 2014. The weekend was traditionally reserved to open Warner Bros' summer tentpoles in the past; like the Harry Potters, Nolan's Batman and Inception over the last few years. As aforementioned, there are also some subtitle changes occurring as well. While the first film which will open this December 14 will retain 'An Unexpected Journey', the second film has its subtitle changed to 'The Desolation of Smaug'. The third and final film will use the subtitle 'There and Back Again', instead.

    Smaug as he appears in the animated film.
    Smaug as he appears in the animated film. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
    With the July 18, 2014 release, the third film will be the first summer release for the whole six Lord of the Rings saga films. In a statement, 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."

    In summary:
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - 14 December 2012 (production created title)
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - 13 December 2013 (reference to Smaug, the dragon which served as the main antagonist)
    The Hobbit: There and Back Again - 18 July 2014 (reference to the book Bilbo writes to sum up his adventures)

    SOURCES: Screen Rant, Coming Soon
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