Bad news Hobbit fans (or good news depending on how you look at it), the third and last instalment of The Hobbit has been pushed back a few months to December 2014, meaning we’ll have to wait a whole year after The Desolation of Smaug, to watch the finale.
There have been so many changes in regards to The Hobbit franchise, that we’re starting to get whiplash from all the back and forth. First there was to be one film, then two with release dates and titles decided, and then Peter Jackson and co figured they had so much footage that hey, why not turn the smallest JRR Tolkien book into a trilogy?
We were originally informed the final Hobbit film would hit cinemas in July 2014, perfect for an epic summer finale. The film’s been pushed back though, either to make it easier to compete with other blockbusters, or to stay in keeping with the traditional end-of-year releases previous films from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings franchises have had. Either way some fans are going to be peeved.
Or perhaps not. Personally we at TFR think it’s a good decision. We already thought it seemed a little wrong for a film set in Middle Earth to be released at any other time of the year. The LOTR films were all released during the festive season, and after An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation Of Smaug were scheduled for December releases, it seems only fitting for the entire franchise to be a Christmas treat.
For future reference (and sanity), the release dates of all The Hobbit films are now as follows:
– The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey(DVD release) – 8 April 2013
– The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (theatrical release) – 13 December 2013
– The Hobbit: There And Back Again (theatrical release) – 17 December 2014
If it changes again we’ll keep you posted.