The Hobbit: A Story In Three Parts

This isn't going to be a long post, since most of my feelings were already covered, in greater detail, here. So, go to there, and read that. After you read this. I don't know, open it up in a new tab, forget about it, and remember that you meant to read it just as you're closing down your browser. Like the rest of us do.

New Line has officially announced the future of the Hobbit trilogy. It is as follows:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, in theatres 14 December, 2012

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, in theatres 13 December, 2013

The Hobbit: There and Back Again, in theatres 18 July, 2014
Couple things. One, I'm glad they went with the Desolation as the title of the second film. I felt it was a stronger title then The Battle of Five Armies, and it preserves the title of the final film, which considering it is the alternate title of the original book, I feel is important. Clearly, Jackson feels the same.

As I said here, I feel this very clearly lays out what will happen in each film, despite people going on and on about 'bridging material'. The first film will end with the elves, the second film will cover the men of Laketown, and the meeting of Smaug, and the third film will cover the Battle of Five Armies. It will also, hopefully, result in shorter films then if they had to cover all that material in two films (and we all know that Jackson tends to cinematicly ramble)

Second, I'm coming down on the side of not being a fan of the summer release of TaBA. Part of the joy of the Lord of the Rings was having to wait a year between each. It gave you something to look forward to, and something to feel sad about when the last one finally came around. Either Warners already has something planned for that Christmas they don't want Hobbit messing with, or they are under the mistaken impression that more people will go see the films if they are closer together. Trust me, people will be going to see these films no matter when they are released.

I also feel it screws Jackson slightly, as it gives him six less months to get the film ready, which includes massive amounts of CG from his people at Weta, and any reshoots he may need to do. While this is the current announcement, I wouldn't be surprised if it changes over the next year or so, to conform more with the others.

Now, Mr. Jackson, a trilogy trailer would be nice.

Via /Film.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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