The third film will be titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, and if that sounds familiar, it’s because the second film originally carried the There and Back Again title. The creators were forced to rethink their branding though after what was originally planned as two films was split into three.
The third film 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 December 13, 2013.
The first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey starring British actor Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, will open on December 14 this year.
Director Peter Jackson, Warner Bros and New Line Cinema, and MGM announced in July that the 3D-film adaptation of the classic novel by JRR Tolkien would be split into three films rather than the two originally envisaged.
Commenting on the short wait between the release of the second and third films, Warner Bros executives said they believed the third movie would play well in the US summer – the most lucrative period for the movie industry.
“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,” Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros said in a statement picked up by The Hollywood Reporter.
The Hobbit is the prequel to Tolkien’s epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings which Jackson made into three Oscar-winning films.