I Called It

Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Back when Warners announced that the Hobbit films would be broken into three, rather then two film, they also announced that the final two, Desolution of Smaug, and There And Back Again, would be released only six months apart, at Christmas of 2013, and Summer of 2014. I immediately called bullshit, and said this was obviously because the third film had taken them somewhat by surprise, and that the summer date was just where they had a spot empty in their release schedule at the time. I also said that it wouldn't be long before they shuffled some things around behind the scenes, and the third Hobbit film would find itself in the less competitive and more financially rewarding home territory of the Christmas 2014 season.

And so it has come to pass. Warners has announced that There And Back Again will be released December 17th, 2014, thus putting it in line with the releases of the previous instalments, and the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. As it should be. “We’re excited to complete the trilogy the same way we started it, as a holiday treat for moviegoers everywhere,” said Dan Fellman, of Warner Bros.

So, to be clear, the current and final release schedule for the Hobbit films looks like this:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, on DVD 19 March 2013 (extended edition November TBD)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, in theatres 13 December, 2013
The Hobbit: There and Back Again, in theatres 17 December 2014
I suspect you can count on the DVD releases of the subsequent films to mimic the schedule of the first, in coming years. Now, so long as the final two movies are better then the first, we shouldn't have any problems.

Via the Toronto Star.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.

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