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HOBBIT:TABA Shifts to December

The Hobbit: There and Back Again moves to December 2014.

By Jarrod Sarafin     February 28, 2013
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

 Warner Bros. Pictures and director Peter Jackson have chosen to stick with a release season they know very well regarding the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy. The latest announcement from the studio confirms their decision to remove The Hobbit: There and Back Again from its July 18, 2014 slot and push it back into the December 17 weekend. 

Here's the full press release:

Burbank CA, February 28, 2013 — “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” the final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy adaptation of the timeless classic The Hobbit, will now be released on December 17, 2014. The joint announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The film moves from its previous summer slot, and now follows the holiday release pattern of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which went on to become a billion-dollar global blockbuster, as well as the three films in the blockbuster “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy. The second film in “The Hobbit” Trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” is next to be released, on December 13, 2013. All three films in the Trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM).

Stated Fellman, “We’re excited to complete the Trilogy the same way we started it, as a holiday treat for moviegoers everywhere.”
Added Kwan Vandenberg, “Our holiday release of the first film set a successful precedent for this wonderful Trilogy, and we’re delighted to bring it to a conclusion in the same release window.”

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” the final film in an epic Trilogy adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar ®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

Jackson directed “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” from a screenplay by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson. Jackson is also producing the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

All three films in “The Hobbit” Trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.


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thezillaman 3/1/2013 12:21:48 AM

 i'm over it. didn't watch the last one and doubt i missed anything special. besides most of my friends watched it and mostly all didn't really give a fuck. but some little kids i heard liked ..

lracors 3/1/2013 1:16:32 AM

IMO you did miss out me and my kids (17 & 15) absolutely loved it.  THEY didn't go to the bathroom and wanted more when it was over (as me).  I'm glad to see the move to pre-Christmas.  Meanwhile... I cannot wait till this one and seeing Smaug in all his glory.

SarcasticCaveman 3/1/2013 1:28:27 AM

 I will say that all you missed out on was seeing it in the theater.  I still recommend seeing it, but I honestly didn't think it was a vital holiday movie.  I REALLY enjoyed it, but if you are looking for a GREAT holiday theater experience, I can understand where it would have been lacking.  Anyway, zillaman, I say you should still see it at some point, but I totally get your friends' position.  If they were wanting more LOTR, they would have been disappointed.

Iridan 3/1/2013 4:45:49 AM

Here's a thought, The Hobbit is not LOTR. Why would anyone expect to see LOTR when they go see the Hobbit?

Dazzler 3/1/2013 4:54:09 AM

I don't get still the critics hate towards Hobbit.  It was 2nd to Avengers for me last year with Batman in third.  I might have to ponder where Spider-man is for me but it's way down the list for top movies last year. 

DarthBob 3/1/2013 5:24:58 AM

The Hobbit grossed over $600 million so it's very obvious more than just a few little kids liked this movie.

ElBaz13 3/1/2013 6:03:44 AM


Actually, it was close to 1 billion worldwide.

wish 3/1/2013 6:54:38 AM

Uh oh.......Peter Jackson must have found more notes........

So does that mean that parts 4-18 are delayed too?  The Hobbit part 6:  Oops I forgot something in the shire, you mind if we go back?  I'm totally rippin off SNL which did a hillarious take on the stretching of the story!!

in all seriousness I have nothing but love for these movies and Peter Jackson so the delay will be a minor gripe compared to the near guarantee that all these films will be spectacular.

wish 3/1/2013 6:58:44 AM

And here's a thought too:  Do you think The Hobbit would have ever been made on the scale they are making it if it hadn't been for the huge success of LOTR?  Do you think it would even be considered a contender for top grosser if not for LOTR?  So yeah......that's why people go into the Hobbit expecting to see at least some of what they saw in LOTR.

momitchell7 3/1/2013 8:42:58 AM

The Hobbit was a great film and seeing it in the 48fps was an unbelievable experience for me... absolutely beautiful. If you missed seeing it the way that Peter Jackson intended it to be seen, I think that you really missed out.

I'm really looking forward to seeing the rest of the tale come to life!

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