Peter Jackson can do whatever he wants. If that means he wants to create three movies out of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, then who are we to stop him? If it means giving the second film a mouthful of a name, well, fine then. It was recently announced that the second film will no longer be called There and Back Again, but will instead be entitled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Referring to the dragon Smaug which will be placed by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock fans rejoice), the title reveals the main focus on the second film.
To be honest, I didn't entirely love the new title, and I am a tiny bit unsure about three films from one book (and some of Tolkien's notes), but I really do think Jackson should be trusted. He handled Lord of the Rings with such respect while adding his own vision to the story. I hope he does the same in the three Hobbit films, and I really hope that he avoids King Kong territory. (Have you seen that movie? The word overkill was made to describe that movie). Look out for the first of the three Hobbit films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in theaters Dec. 14. The second film will be out Dec 13 of the next year, with the final film hitting theaters in the Summer of 2014.