Posted on August 31, 2012 AT 07:23pm
Peter Jackson was an obvious choice to direct the new The Hobbit movies but who knew he could find a way to take one book and make it into three movies. I don’t question his genius but as stated on Twitter today; “The Hobbit is the only book that will take less time to get through than the movie.” That being said, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Brothers Pictures have announced the name of the final installment as well as a release date.
The first will be The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It will hit the big screen on December 14, 2012, just in time for the holidays. The second is The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and it will come to theaters on December 13, 2013. Yes, that is an entire year between films. The wait will be shorter for the third and final film. The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be released on July 18, 2014, only about 7 months after the second film.
No word on runtimes but since it’s Peter Jackson, three hours would not be a surprise. The films will be released in 3D, IMAX, and 2D…something for everyone.
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