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The Release Date for the Third Hobbit Movie Is Pushed Back Five Months to When It Should Have Been in the First Place

There And Back Again

Bilbo Baggins will be doing the “back again” part of There and Back Again a bit later than previously thought, as Warner Bros. has pushed the release date for the third movie in the Hobbit trilogy back by five months.

But don’t worry. Its new release date is December 17, 2014, i.e. during the holiday season, i.e. when it should be released. Frankly, I don’t know what Warner Bros. was thinking with that original July 18th release date. Grass is green. The sky is blue. Michael Bay likes explosions. Middle-Earth movies come out in December. It’s been the case with The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The Desolation of Smaug is still set for December 13, 2013. We get a year between movies. It’s just wrong otherwise.

The reason for the release date shuffle is unknown: Maybe Peter Jackson and co. need more time for shooting. Maybe they don’t want to rush post-production and thus end up with another underwhelming CGI character like Azog the Pale Orc. X-Men: Days of Future Past is coming out on July 18th as well, so maybe they wanted a weekend all to themselves. Or maybe the studio brass realized “Whoops! Someone set this movie for the wrong month. Oh, tomfoolery!”

Does it matter? The natural order of the universe has been restored, even if it means we have to wait five more months for the thrilling conclusion of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins: The Trilogy. I, for one, will sleep easier tonight.

(via: Digital Spy)

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