“The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” the final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” will now be released on December 17, 2014. The joint announcement came from 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,” as well as the three films in “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.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” has grossed nearly a billion dollars worldwide to date. All three films in the trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM). 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.”