Rumor: The Hobbit Delayed Until 2012?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 2:25 pm,

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This could either be another piece of false news that Guillermo del Toro or Peter Jackson will soon debunk, or a pretty major downer for us fans: Hot on the heels of Jackson revealing a few days ago that The Hobbit will start filming in summer 2010 – putting it on course for Part 1′s already-planned release of December 2011 – word comes that the adaptation will be delayed a full year, not hitting screens until 2012.

The rumor (as we’re treating it until it’s confirmed otherwise) comes from TheWrap’s column WaxWord, which claims that executives close to Warner Bros. are saying that the studio is likely not going to release Part 1 of The Hobbit until 2012, with Part 2 logically being delayed until 2013.  An unnamed executive told WaxWord that, “While it is still possible that it could come out in December 2011, it looks more likely to be 2012.”

Strangely, there’s no detailed information on a possible Hobbit delay, which could either mean that there’s no credence to the rumor or that the news is simply leaking early. Let’s just assume for a second that the news is true and us fans have to face another full year before we see J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit on the big-screen – what could be the reason?

Well, I can’t see it being the shooting schedule, since the summer 2010 production start that Jackson let us know about recently allows for well over a year of shooting before Part 1 needs to go into post-production. It’s been said that director Guillermo del Toro and producer Peter Jackson want to shoot for more than 370 days total, but that includes both part’s 1 and 2. All the needed footage will be in the can well before the previously-planned December 2011 release for Part 1. So what’s the problem?

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Perhaps they want to have another year of time to make sure this thing gets handled right, from pre-production to shooting to post-production and beyond, the latter being where the huge marketing push will take place (make no mistake about it, you won’t be able to turn around without seeing a Hobbit ad). Still, taking those into account, a year does seem a bit excessive to delay one of the most highly-anticipated films in the works.

Taking this “news” at face value (that there WILL be a delay on The Hobbit), what do you think could be a reason for it? Do you think they want more time to work everything out? Is a year too long? And just generally, on a scale of 1-10, how irritated would you be if the film was to be delayed for that long?

The Hobbit‘s release date has no be thrown into doubt – up until this point, Part 1 has been set for a December 2011 release, with Part 2 following a year later in December 2012. However, as stated, until this news gets proven otherwise, it may be delayed a year later for each part.

Sources: TheWrap (WaxWord) and ComingSoon

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  1. Personally, I’d rather wait and have the film done properly than have it rushed.

    However, I’m not putting any stock into this, or any other Hobbit-related news, until I hear from Peter or Guillermo.

  2. I heard this the other day, lets just wait for some official word from the studio before everyone starts panicking. I also wonder if the release date has something to do with a summer release date instead of winter.

    I hope not because I associate LOTR with winter times.

  3. Either way 2011 and 2012 are going to be EPIC movie years for us comic book and fantasy movie-goers. I’m diggin’ it. :)

  4. Weak. We all knew this was coming sooner or later – i guess now it’s later.

  5. @INK

    Apart from another Spider-crap movie I agree with ya, lots of cool stuff coming out in the next 2 years.

  6. The Hobbit is high on my most anticipated movies list, and if it takes another 6 months or so to get it right, I am ok with that. I fully expect these films to be just as epic as the LOTR trilogy. I also wonder, if this is true, is if they want to release part 1 in the summer and part 2 at Christmas? That would be some huge box office gross in one year, would it not?

  7. I have waited 30 years for this more won’t be bad!! As long as they deliver the goods like I know they will..

  8. Your sense of schedule is off, I think. If the film starts shooting in July, it will be ~370 shooting days (not 370 days) before principal photography is complete. So expect it to finish shooting in Fall 2011, not July. Even taking into account editing and vfx work done during principal photography, there’s quite a bit of editing that takes place afterwards, and considering the vast amount of visual effects needed for a film of this size, all of post-production will need more than just a few months to complete work on the first film. I think that’s why the rumored 2012 release for film #1 has piggybacked the news of a summer 2011 start date.

  9. Oops, should’ve read “summer 2010 start date.”

  10. Well has it crossed anyones mind that they, despite what’s been printed are feeling a little of the effects of the MGM/UA situation? Warner isn’t made of money is it? Or is IT!!!

  11. Heard this news the other day, and it’s seriously upsetting, but not surprising if it’s true.

    A delay of three months into production means they might need another few months to get everything ready in post. They’re not going to want to rush these things. Unfortunately, for the films to be on the radar for Oscar season (as well as for financial reasons), they desperately want to keep their December releases, where they have little competition from other blockbusters and will be fresh in the minds of the academy. So instead of releasing them in the summer, they’ll wait ’til the Winter.


  12. I say give them the time they need to do it right. We don’t want some slip shod Hobbit adaptation. Honestly, after the pile they made off of LOTR I’m astonished that Hollywood hasn’t rushed to get any and all possible Tolkien projects greenlit and in the can. I would love to see just about anything LOTR related, but not if it isn’t done with the care that was put into LOTR.

  13. Since we haven't heard any confirmation of the movies being moved back a year, is that good news? Is 2011 still on?

  14. It would be dumb if they wait.You can't say your going to do something then not do it.But i agree with the rest of you,we big lord of the rings fans don't need to get worried until something official is announced.

  15. Who thinks the Hobbit film will be any good?Oh and by the way drsambeckett your dumb!sorry just kidding drsambeckett I agree with you.

  16. It would be dumb if they wait.You can't say your going to do something then not do it.But i agree with the rest of you,we big lord of the rings fans don't need to get worried until something official is announced.

  17. Who thinks the Hobbit film will be any good?Oh and by the way drsambeckett your dumb!sorry just kidding drsambeckett I agree with you.