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Third Hobbit film gets a release date

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It will be sooner than you think

When The Hobbit movies were split into three films instead of the original two, we knew the release dates would be close. But now we know that all three films will be released within two years of each other.

Peter Jackson directs <em>The Hobbit</em>

If any film project could say it has been one of the most anticipated events since it was first talked about, it would be The Hobbit. When Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, took over the project, many knew it would be handled the right way. But things are changing, and while Jackson will still be the creative genius behind the project, it will look different than originally thought.

"Back when Peter Jackson assumed the directorial role on Warner Bros.' adaptation of Tolkien's The Hobbit, it was envisioned as two films, one titled An Unexpected Journey and the other titled There and Back Again," said ScreenRant.com. "The first film's title was a creation of the writing team while There and Back Again was a reference to the book Bilbo writes to sum up his adventures."

Jackson announced earlier this summer that the project would turn into three films, instead of the originally announced two films.

"The second film has been retitled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The third film will take the title that was previously assigned to the second film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again," said the Hollywood Reporter.

It's official! Hobbit fans in for a third film >>

All three films have release dates. The first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will open on Dec. 14, 2012, and the second film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, will open Dec. 13, 2013. But now we know that the third film will open less than a year after the second film: The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be released July 18, 2014, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"We wanted to have a shorter gap between the second and third films," Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman told the Hollywood Reporter. "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."

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