The Hobbit Trilogy Confirmed. Director Peter Jackson has confirmed that The Hobbit will now be a trilogy. Previously there were only supposed to be two films: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. “Jackson is reportedly eyeing a summer 2014 release date for the third movie, though an exact date has not been announced.
As for the title, domain registrations suggest The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: Riddles in the Dark as potential names…Riddles in the Dark is the title of the fifth chapter of The Hobbit, and refers to events that are likely in the first movie, while “The Desolation of Smaug” refers to the lifeless wasteland charred by the burning breath of the dragon Smaug.”
The Hobbit Trilogy official announcement from Peter Jackson:
“It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie – and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.'”
“We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance. The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.”
“It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, ‘a tale that grew in the telling.'”
These domain names “were privately registered through MarkMonitor, which also manages [the websites] TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney.com and TheHobbitThereandBackAgain.com.”
The Hobbit cast also includes Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Richard Armitage, Christopher Lee, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, Mark Hadlow, Evangeline Lilly, Barry Humphries, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, and Jeffrey Thomas.
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