Hobbit release date pushed back

Last updated 16:22 01/03/2013

LONGER WAIT: The release date of the final instalment of The Hobbit film trilogy has been pushed back to December 2014.

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The final instalment of The Hobbit film trilogy will be released on December 17, 2014, five months later than planned, Warner Bros said today.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again had been set to debut in July 2014. It will follow The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which came out in December 2012, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which reaches theatres in December 2013.

''We're excited to complete the trilogy the same way we started it, as a holiday treat for moviegoers everywhere,'' said Dan Fellman, president of distribution for Warner Bros, a unit of Time Warner Inc.

The Hobbit series is a prequel to J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings, which director Peter Jackson made into three Oscar-winning films about a decade ago.

The first Hobbit film was a blockbuster with global sales of US$981 million, according to the Box Office Mojo website.

The trilogy is financed by Warner Bros New Line Cinema and MGM.

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