If it's crap ... We'll tell you
(taking a cue from the first chapter of the book, entitled 'An Unexpected Party')
while the second film is now titled... [insert blaring trumpets]...
(taken from the original title of the book)
Okay, okay... so they're not exactly the most surprising titles in the world (considering that most of the fans already assumed they'd be titled in a similar manner), but shouldn't we take that as a good sign? A sign that yes - once again director Peter Jackson is paying attention to the legions of Hobbit fans worldwide and what they want out of this film? A sign that Jackson is again trying to expand and illuminate the original stories while staying true to the source material? There aren't a lot of directors out there who have simultaneously enamored and respected their audiences to the degree that Peter Jackson has, so let's all cheer the man on his latest endeavor and hope for the best.
'An Unexpected Journey' arrive in theaters on December 14th, 2012, while 'There and Back Again' will arrive a year later on December 13th, 2013. In addition to the news, Jackson also posted the following pic on his Facebook of "Gandalf, Elrond and Galadriel brandishing an array of fearsome Elvish weapons!":
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