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Third Hobbit Pic Moves To December 2014
There & Back Again will arrive later

01 March 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: New Line

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Looks like those dwarves and that Hobbit are taking the long road in the “back again” section of their journey. New Line has announced that There And Back Again, the third film in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, will now hit cinemas on December 17, 2014.

The film was previously slotted to appear on July 18 of that year, which raised eyebrows given that the Tolkien films have always arrived just before Christmas as a sort of early present from Peter Jackson and co. And no, the delay is a calculated release shift, not Pete locking himself in the editing facility to get some much-needed kip.

So while this means we will have to wait that bit longer for the third and final Hobbit outing, it’s probably a good move by the studio, since it gets the film away from competing with X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

There And Back Again finds our heroes dealing with a massive battle, more trouble from orcs and a new dark threat coming to power. The movie stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and approximately 17,000 more actors. 

As for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, that’s still on course to land on December 13 this year. Assuming Smaug decides he’s ready. He’s a picky one, that scaly git.


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I was not excited when i got a chance to watch 1st Hobbit, but was suprised a lot on how much it diffres from LoTR series. Though i dont feel upset if they move it even 2015 :) More

Posted by Pottmann at 22:12 on 04 March 2013 | Report This Post

It sounds a little like they had this planned all along, and just pretended it was going to be released in the summer to appease those who were annoyed that they would have to wait another whole year to see the end after the announcement of three parts. Still, I'm quite happy with the news. Middle Earth has always been in December. More

Posted by Whistler at 16:06 on 03 March 2013 | Report This Post

I for one, am a certified Tolkien addict. I loved the first Hobbit movie, and that they added relevant elements that place the film into a wider context. If that makes it bad, then I worry about the attention spans of the film's detractors. I think it's a cheap shot to say their only motivation for making more films was more revenue. There is a massive narrative to explore, and that's what they are doing. I for one can't wait for the next installment. More

Posted by Bluebloodedbastard at 03:15 on 03 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: zzzz
L: Okester After the shambolic mess of the first part - overlong, with poor visual effects (could easily have been an hour shorter), I shall not be holding my breath for this one. Can't help but feel they're mugging the fanboys off with this bloated overstretched "trilogy". Just making sure they can ring as much money out of the coffers as possible. No doubt there'll be the bluray releases followed by the extended releases, followed by the whole 6 part collector's boxset etc.... Coul More

Posted by NCC1701A at 12:56 on 02 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: next in the news...
Good move. I like my Tolkien in December More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 01:01 on 02 March 2013 | Report This Post

next in the news...
the sky is blue. More

Posted by perks2010 at 16:27 on 01 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Hmmmm
L: pete_traynor “it’s probably a good move by the studio, since it gets the film away from competing with X-Men: Days Of Future Past.” Really? I very much doubt WB gave that a 2nd thought. It would have trounced it into the ground. As questionable as much of AUJ was ul lot for me!)en film adaptations have very few franchises that could threaten their box office… and I just don’t see X-Men as one of them. Fantasy just plays better nearer Christmas and a Tolkien film being r More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 12:56 on 01 March 2013 | Report This Post

Hmmmm
“it’s probably a good move by the studio, since it gets the film away from competing with X-Men: Days Of Future Past.” Really? I very much doubt WB gave that a 2nd thought. It would have trounced it into the ground. As questionable as much of AUJ was ul lot for me!)en film adaptations have very few franchises that could threaten their box office… and I just don’t see X-Men as one of them. Fantasy just plays better nearer Christmas and a Tolkien film being released in the height of More

Posted by pete_traynor at 12:20 on 01 March 2013 | Report This Post

OMG!!!!...Should still wait till 2014...WTF!!!...Am waitng for it from last 6 months More

Posted by naresh prana at 11:29 on 01 March 2013 | Report This Post

exactly
I can't disagree with the about comment,was disappointed with the whole thing not sure I will bother with the cash cow sequels! More

Posted by waggle at 10:25 on 01 March 2013 | Report This Post

zzzz
After the shambolic mess of the first part - overlong, with poor visual effects (could easily have been an hour shorter), I shall not be holding my breath for this one. Can't help but feel they're mugging the fanboys off with this bloated overstretched "trilogy". Just making sure they can ring as much money out of the coffers as possible. No doubt there'll be the bluray releases followed by the extended releases, followed by the whole 6 part collector's boxset etc.... Could easily hav More

Posted by Okester at 08:54 on 01 March 2013 | Report This Post

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