It’s official! The Hobbit films now have names and release dates, and the names feel totally correct for the original text. The first one is called The Lord of the Rings Begins: The Hobbit: Rise of Gollum and the second is called The Lord of the Rings Begins: The Hobbit: Attack of the Five Armies. Nice, right?
No, not really. The first, which hits theaters on December 14, 2012, will be The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, while the second, on December 13, 2013, will be The Hobbit: There and Back Again. I like them, especially as we’re just going to be calling them The Hobbit 1 and The Hobbit 2 anyway.
Meanwhile, Peter Jackson is answering fan questions on his Facebook page, and he’s getting all oblique about whether or not the White Council’s attack on Dol Guldur - essentially the prelude to the War of the Ring, where the powers of Middle Earth discovered an evil force called the Necromancer was actually Sauron - will be shown in the movie.
I’m not going to say just what and when, but I will confirm that both the White Council and Dol Guldur will feature in the movies. And not just in one scene either. Just how to visualise it has been a challenge, but fortunately Alan Lee and John Howe went crazy with ideas, and it should look pretty cool.
There you have it.