You might’ve heard that Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit had been stretched from two movies to three, so it’s natural to assume a new title would be thrown into the mix, but it turns out that a little name-swapping is going on too, and the recently revealed release date for the final movie is simply awesome.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, nothing changes with the first film. It’s still The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and the release date is still December 14, 2012. However, the second movie has been renamed The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, with a release scheduled for December 13th, 2013.
The third movie now carries the title previously owned by the second film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, and we won’t have to wait a whole year for this one because it’s set to hit theaters on July 18, 2014, which honestly seems a little odd to me. Unless Jackson is racing to get the movie done on time, why not push that release date up a little bit and take advantage of the 4th of July weekend crowd. It’s not like the final film in the Hobbit franchise would suffer by having a little competition. Still it’s nice to know we won’t have to wait until December for the end of Bilbo’s adventure.