The Hobbit Set For 2012 as WB & IMAX Sign 20 Film Deal

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

Warner Bros and IMAX deal The Hobbit delay The Hobbit Set For 2012 as WB & IMAX Sign 20 Film Deal

Well, here’s a pretty significant piece of news on more than one account:

An official statement has been released, revealing that Warner Bros. has signed a huge deal with IMAX to release up to 20 of their movies in that format from 2010 to 2013. And buried within this news is a detail that shakes things up a bit when it comes to the long-awaited adaptation of The Hobbit in that it’s now slated to come out a lot further down the road than we expected.

Along with the announcement of the WB/IMAX deal comes a bunch of release dates for each of the movies that are part of it. Amongst those is The Hobbit, which we thought was going to come out in December of 2011 (well Part 1, with Part 2 following a year later). However, there’s been signs of trouble all over the place because of MGM’s dire financial situation and subsequent selling-off at auction (or at least an attempt at selling it off).

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Sadly for us fans waiting and waiting (and waiting…) for The Hobbit to come out, we will have to wait longer than we first expected: Part 1 of The Hobbit now has a release date of December 2012, with Part 2 following a year later in December 2013. That’s right – the first we’ll see of The Hobbit’s story on the big-screen will be a full year after the first proposed date.

(NOTE: The news was originally of a 2013 release but that turned out to be incorrect and the info has been updated accordingly)

I know, it’s not great news for fans and although not necessarily a shocking piece of news, it is nonetheless a bit disappointing for one for those desperately wanting to revisit Middle Earth pre-Lord of the Rings. You may not realize it but it’s been well over eight years since The Fellowship of the Ring hit theaters,which means The Hobbit will be released a whopping 11 years after the first LOTR instead of the 10 we first thought.

It may be just a year extra than we first thought, and most us have learned to have patience with regards to The Hobbit, but it’s still a little on the irritating side, you must admit.

Heat Vision explains that the original 2011 release date for The Hobbit was initially in place as a guide, since it was proposed when there were no scripts or budgets drawn up, nor any schedules put together.

On top of The Hobbit getting a new release date, the official press release also tells us of some other movies that we can expect in IMAX as part of this deal with WB, along with their release dates:

Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Legend of the Guardians and Happy Feet 2 in IMAX The Hobbit Set For 2012 as WB & IMAX Sign 20 Film Deal

There are plans for an additional 15 films to be released in IMAX as part of this deal, including the likes of Batman 3, the next Superman, Gravity, Dark Shadows and Mad Max: Fury Road. But that group haven’t been given specific release dates quite yet.

If you’re interested in reading all the statements as part of the official press release you can head over to Coming Soon.

Well, it’s good and bad news in one package: On the one hand we’re getting a whole slew of movies available to us on the massive IMAX screen with the amazing sound. We’re not forced to watch them that way but the option’s there if we want it.

However, with that good news comes the bad which is that we won’t see The Hobbit (Part 1) in theaters for at least another two and a half years instead of one and a half as was first proposed. It sucks, I know.

But like I said before was this really that hard to see coming? Out with the fact that MGM has been going through some serious financial woes as of late, it was recently revealed that The Hobbit hasn’t even got the official green light as of yet. It will eventually (there’s no way they’re NOT going to make this thing), but as a result of more than a few troubles along the way, we’ve ended up with a release later rather than sooner.

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What do you think of The Hobbit getting a 2012/2013 instead of a 2011/2012 release? What do you make of WB signing a massive 20 film deal with IMAX?

Now that we know The Hobbit Part 1 will be released in December 2012 with Part 2 being released in December 2013, we’re not sure when the film will start shooting. Will it mean they start this year (as has been talked about for a while now) and just take their time right from pre-production to post-production? Or will it be a long time before we see a full production start? We’ll keep you apprised of any new details regarding The Hobbit.

Source: Warner Bros., IMAX, Coming Soon and Heat Vision

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  1. Thank God that Batman 3 won't be in 3d

  2. Dr.Sam

    superman in IMAX, woot woot!

  3. Please stop assuming we all feel the same way you do – it seems like that's becoming a trend in articles posted on Screen Rant in the past year. Not very professional. It's like you guys are trying to color our opinions now.

    I'm actually not irritated at all. The only thing I'm worried about is whether Sir Ian McKellan will live long enough to be Gandalf again, otherwise I'm not concerned. I didn't even expect to see any more movies in the Lord of the Rings vein, so any news of the Hobbit movies being a reality is actually comforting to me. Now we have a release date and we can begin to anticipate it again and I feel that's more good than bad news.

  4. There was also alot of talk about the build up to Justice League. They said we might start hearing references to other films as soon as Green Lantern. The Man of Steel should be out by late 2012 as well, which is awesome news. Jon Hamm here we come.

  5. I can't wait for the Hobbit! It was my favorite of the four books! Hopefully with Del Toro directing it won't come out weird and creepy…Just sayin' I hope it has the same feel as the Trilogy

  6. I don't know… a dark and creepy version of The Hobbit could be very, very good.

  7. I agree with you, on all counts. As long as it's certain that the films *are* going to be made, nothing else matters. Pretty much the *only* reason I'm troubled by this delay is the worry that McKellen might not be able to reprise his role.

  8. I know, I'm excited too!!!! All I need to hear is that Brandon Routh is returning next! But it had better not be in 3D!!!

  9. Actually a dark and creepy Return Of The King would have been even better, instead of the drivel that they actually made.

  10. I was sooo looking forward to Harry Potter, but the 3D conversion for part 1 has put me off completely, if I cant see it in 2D then I will have to wait for DVD. Which is a shame.

  11. It's being done by the Nolans and Goyer so hopefully they stay the course of saying NO to 3D.

  12. Awesome!! I can't wait to see Harry Potter and The Hobbit!! WB has some great films coming up!

  13. “Not very professional.”

    Phil, I have had the same complaint about this site and others like it. But I guess you take the good with the bad when it comes to blogs and the internet. On one hand, it's a great way to share and spread information, and a great way for aspiring writers to start working in the craft they love. Having said that though, folks writing internet features aren't really bound and constricted by the same rules that real journalists are. Sites like Screen Rant, /Film (my favorite), and Ain't It Cool (bleh) provide a service to people like us who don't want to wait for it to be printed in EW, but quite often there is very little or no journalistic merit in what is being written.

    The good with bad.

    • @crom crom
      “Having said that though, folks writing internet features aren’t really bound and constricted by the same rules that real journalists are. “

      I’m curious as to exactly what rules you are referring to? The ones that say do not report/write on anything not approved by the executives for general consumer consumption? The ones that are more propaganda pushers then actual journalists these days? You can’t be referring to the last of the true journalists, the free lance internet based ones who are the last hope for preventing the death of truth since they are not owned by big corporations. There is a lot of crap out there but there is also a lot of good info if you try to find it and use your head instead of your feelings.