‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ and ‘An Unexpected Journey’ Titles and Release Dates Announced

Peter Jackson will bring his ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequels to cinemas in December of 2012 and 2013.
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‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ and ‘An Unexpected Journey’ Titles and Release Dates Announced

Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM have announced the titles and release dates for filmmaker Peter Jackson's two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit. The first film, titled "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," will be released on December 14, 2012. The second film, titled "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," is slated for release the following year, on December 13, 2013.

Both films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien's "The Lord of The Rings," which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King." The adventure of "The Hobbit" follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

Under Peter Jackson's direction, both movies are being shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Filming is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy, and Martin Freeman, who just won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the BBC series "Sherlock," takes on the central role of Bilbo Baggins.

Also reprising their roles from "The Lord of The Rings" movies are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Orlando Bloom as Legolas; Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum. The ensemble cast also includes (in alphabetical order) Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O'Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, and Aidan Turner.

The screenplays for "The Hobbit" films are by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson. Peter Jackson is also producing the films, together with Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham. The executive producers are Ken Kamins and Zane Weiner, with Philippa Boyens serving as co-producer.

"The Hobbit" films are productions of New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television licensing being handled by MGM.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released December 14th, 2012.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was released December 13th, 2013.

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  • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 4 years ago

    Now lets just await the teaser trailer or more!

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    • Brizzy • 4 years ago

      @jptheredskull .. that's actually hilarious :P I got it the day that the photo was first shown in MW!!!

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      • nautical05 • 4 years ago

        Haha i like this guy.

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        • brian • 4 years ago

          Stoked!

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          • asif • 4 years ago

            Great News.

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            • cheetoboy • 4 years ago

              YEAH, Both the titles are very good, especially the first one being the Unexpected Journey, but although I was very formula with the first Hobbit and even watching the classical cartoon movie based on the book, I never heard of a second one, I know the first one is about them soon facing off against Smuag the Dragon, but what is the second story about? I heard rumors that it's suppose to be about 60 years of Bilbo's life before the Lord of The Rings story.

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              • jptheredskull • 4 years ago

                @Brizzy HOW DARE THEE STEAL MY AVATAR!!!!!!!! BLASPHEMY I SAY THEE!!!

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                • bawnian-dexeus • 4 years ago

                  Awesomeness

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                  • mr-jellyfish • 4 years ago

                    @k-man Exactly, the titles are very fitting, and have a more homely quality than the Lord of the Rings titles which is fitting considering the Hobbit was more of a children's book. I can't wait for these films

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                    • k-man • 4 years ago

                      Glad to hear the titles are now official!! I like them and think they are suiting for the story.....not to mention poetic considering The first films title is a slight reworking of the title of the first chapter in the book "An unexpected party" and the second film's title is the same title that Bilbo Baggins named the novel of his adventure.....which is what The Hobbit is about.

                      So these are proper titles through and through. Glad to see it! Cant wait for the release!!!

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                      • Salem6777 • 4 years ago

                        @mattbierwagen the titles are lame ok

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                        • mattbierwagen • 4 years ago

                          @Salem6777 what?! i wouldn't want them to be anything different

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                          • mattbierwagen • 4 years ago

                            i thought those titles would be switched but this is good

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                            • skywise • 4 years ago

                              hell ya! This is going to be fantastic

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                              • brady1138 • 4 years ago

                                Fitting titles and I'm glad they're not just slapping on Part 1 and Part 2 like the last two Harry Potter films did

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                                • Brizzy • 4 years ago

                                  Finally, things are in their proper places. Now we wait :)

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                                  • Salem6777 • 4 years ago

                                    lame titles but i will still see both of them

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                                    • cupid • 4 years ago

                                      The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey sounds awesome.

                                      The Hobbit: There and Back Again sounds kinda cheesy but i'll still watch.

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                                      • account-closed • 4 years ago

                                        12/14/2012. Still a while to go, but good to know.

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                                        • instead8909 • 4 years ago

                                          Nice titles. Once they are finished with I would like to see one of the other books as films.

                                          Maybe convert the short stories into feature length films or just animate them in the style of Shrek.

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