Director Peter Jackson has earned enough good will in his impressive career, that he’s afforded a misstep or two every now and again.

However, with the full titles for his new THE HOBBIT prequels to his LORD OF THE RINGS now officially announced, this may be one misstep that is going to haunt him for some time.

The first film will be called THE HOBBIT: AN EXPECTED JOURNEY and hits theaters December 14, 2012, while the second, dubbed THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN, arrives a year later on December 13, 2013. Jackson scripted the films with Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro and both are based on THE HOBBIT novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.

So why such the geek-rage against these two titles? They’re simply not strong enough. THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE TWO TOWERS, RETURN OF THE KING are all strong, weighty titles. They sound grand, huge and epic. Even George Lucas got one thing right with his largely uneven STAR WARS prequel trilogy – the titles were still pretty good (THE PHANTOM MENACE, ATTACK OF THE CLONES, REVENGE OF THE SITH).

Oh well, maybe there’s a bigger picture here we’re not seeing. Titles don’t subtract from the experience, but it’s the Tuesday after Memorial Day, so we’re allowed a little three-day weekend bitch-fest.

THE HOBBIT follows the young adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he fends off the Dragon Smaug from destroying the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Ian Holm reprises his role from RINGS as an older Bilbo.

Also returning from the RINGS films are: Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey; Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Orlando Bloom as Legolas; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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