Third Hobbit film date announced

Press Association

Hobbit fans need only wait seven months between the second and third instalments of Peter Jackson's highly anticipated trilogy.

Warner Bros Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures announced the final film in the series will be called The Hobbit: There and Back Again and released worldwide on July 18, 2014.

The title was taken from the second instalment, which will now be called The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The launch dates for all three films are -The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, December 14 2012; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, December 13 2013; The Hobbit: There and Back Again, July 18 2014.

Adapted from JRR Tolkien's beloved masterpiece, The Hobbit series will be released in High Frame Rate 3-D, other 3-D formats, IMAX and 2-D.