Warner Bros and MGM have announced that the final film in the trilogy will be released in the summer, on July 18th 2014, as opposed to the first two films which will be released in December 2012 and 2013.
The second film in The Hobbit trilogy will now be titled ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’, while the third will be called ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’.
Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution, Warner Bros Pictures, stated: “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.”
Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of international distribution, Warner Bros Pictures, added: “The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be an action spectacle and an emotional conclusion for this already much-anticipated trilogy. Opening in the summer will maximize playability for what promises to be an event film for fans the world over.”