After the success of translating its literary ancestor, The Lord of the Rings, to film, director Peter Jackson has now established a trilogy of films around J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. The final film in this trilogy, subtitled "There And Back Again" debuts July 18th of the year 2014. While there was initial controversy over making the films into a trilogy, there were enough notes from Tolkien in the back of Return of the King that Jackson felt confident in turning an intended duology into a full-on trilogy.
The film will focus on events after the defeat of the red dragon Smaug around Lake-town and end where An Unexpected Journey begins, with Bilbo writing his adventuring memoirs. Notably, the title of this memoir is where the film gets its name (and is regarded as an alternate title for the source material).
To highlight a few of the major plot elements from the film, Smaug is defeated by the black arrow of the leader of Lake-town, Bard. While Bilbo assists in the dwarven reclamation of Erebor, the Lonely Mountain, he stumbles across the Arkenstone. The Arkenstone, mentioned in the first film of the trilogy, is a legendary artifact from the days of Thorin Oakenshield's father. The Wood-elves and Lake-men who assisted in the defeat of the red dragon, now assail the dwarven hold, seeking compensation for their role in Smaug's destruction. Bilbo tries to offer the Arkenstone as a peace offering, but this does not work. Thorin will have none of it and he banishes Bilbo from the country right as a war between 5 races (lake-men, dwarves, elves, Bilbo, and later on a battalion of goblins and their sentient wolf-like wargs) is on the horizon. Gandalf will arrive with the giant eagles as well as Beorn, averting the heavy casualties. However, Thorin becomes fatally injured and grants Bilbo a portion of the dwarven hold in compensation for being a loyal and trustworthy companion to the dwarves.
When you head to theaters December 12th to check out the final installment of the "Hobbit" series, don't be alarmed when you can't find "There and Back Again." The once quaintly named finale will be undergoing a title change to "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." It doesn't roll off the tongue quite as easily, perhaps, but director Peter Jackson explains the reason behind the change in a statement on his Facebook page. "Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo's own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we've gone along.
Whether J.R.R. Tolkien devotees object or not to the director's liberties, so this December begins what will ultimately be three - not two - years with Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit." Warner Bros. and MGM Studios Friday together announced a shuffling of the Academy Award-winning "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" director's trilogy's titles and an additional third release date. Jackson's trilogy finale will be called "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" and hits theaters everywhere July 18, 2014, Deadline reported Friday.
Peter Jackson’s third and final film in “The Hobbit” series has been pushed back. Those hoping for the summer release date of July 18th, 2014 will be disappointed to know that you will now have to wait ‘til winter, December 17th, 2014. This matches more closely with the second film in “The Hobbit” series, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” which has a mid-December release date of December 13th, 2013. There’s no word as to why the move was made, but you can rest easy.
The rumblings started at Comic-Con: could it be that New Line was planning to take the two-movie "The Hobbit" series and turn it into a trilogy? Now, weeks later, we have the answer: a definitive yes. New Line, MGM and Warner Bros. have announced that the first two movies, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," will indeed be followed by a third movie. A statement from director Peter Jackson indicates that the decision was made after footage of the first movie and a bit of the second was reviewed and approved.
Here's an intriguing thought for the Comments section below: would a three-movie split better director Peter Jackson's vision for "The Hobbit?" The Academy Award-winning New Zealand director of New Line Cinema's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy greeted throngs of J.R.R. Tolkien enthusiasts Saturday at the 2012 annual San Diego Comic-Con in the San Diego Convention Center's prestigious Hall H. There, Jackson addressed the completion of both films - with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" slated to hit theaters Dec.
Too early to ask just when exactly Peter Jackson plans on sleeping? The Academy Award-winning director of the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy will hardly catch his breath after shooting 2012's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Hobbit: There And Back Again" back-to-back in New Zealand. Once his latest Tolkien takes are both in the can, Jackson will make a role-reversal with pal Steven Spielberg and start production on the sequel to another Academy Award nominee, 2012 Best Original Score contender and Best Animated Feature Golden Globe-winner "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn.