2nd Hobbit movie gets new name, July 2014 release for 3rd
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - The third film in the upcoming Hobbit movie trilogy will be released worldwide in July 2014, the movie studios behind the venture said on Friday, and the second film now has a new name.
The third film - The Hobbit: There And Back Again - will open in movie theatres on July 18, 2014 - just seven months after the newly titled second film The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug arrives on Dec 13, 2013. The second film originally carried the There And Back Again title.
The first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey starring British actor Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, has already been set for a Dec 14, 2012 opening.
Director Peter Jackson, Time Warner Inc's Warner Bros and New Line Cinema, and MGM announced in July that the 3-D film adaptation of the classic novel by J.R.R. Tolkien would be split into three films rather than the two originally envisaged.