Peter Jackson has finally confirmed the plan for his Hobbit trilogy by naming the final movie and setting a release date - just six months after the second movie.
The third and final part of the planned trilogy will now be called The Hobbit: There and Back Again, and will hit screens in July 2014, the first summer release for a Lord Of The Rings movie.
There And Back Again was the name of the second part, due out in December 2013, but that entry will now be referred to as The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.
The first movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is scheduled for December 14th this year.
The original plan was for a two-part adventure for Bilbo and company, but having delved into author JRR Tolkien's extensive appendices, director Peter Jackson and his co-writers have found enough material to extend their vision to a prequel trilogy.
And while the original LotR trilogy came out over three consecutive Christmas holidays, the final Hobbit tale will make an appearance just six months after part two. According to Warner Bros., this offers a chance at a summer tentpole movie.