'The Hobbit' Delayed Five Months and Scorsese's 'Wolf of Wall Street' Dated

Luke Evans and Orlando Bloom in The Hobbit: There and Back AgainTHE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN: Warner Bros. and New Line are extending the Hobbit wait by five months, deciding to move The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the final installment in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, from July 14, 2014 to December 17, 2014. It was looking at X-Men: Days of Future Past as its July competition. Now it faces Universal's Minions and Brad Bird's Tomorrowland, both of which open two days later on December 19.

2 GUNS: Universal is moving their Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg thriller 2 Guns from August 16, 2013 to August 2.

KICK-ASS 2: Moving into the vacated August 16 slot is Kick-Ass 2, which was previously slated for June 28 where it would have faced off against the Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy R-rated comedy The Heat and Roland Emmerich's White House Down. Now it's up against Fox's Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and The To-Do List starring Aubrey Plaza.

THE BLING RING: A24 has set a June 14, 2013 release date for Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring starring Emma Watson, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Julien and Taissa Farmiga in the true story of a group of teenagers who commit a string of celebrity burglaries.

THE SPECTACULAR NOW: A24 also set a release date for their Sundance acquisition The Spectacular Now starring Shailene Woodley (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Descendants) and Miles Teller. The film, directed by James Ponsoldt (Smashed) will hit theaters on August 2, 2013.

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET: Finally, Paramount has set their major 2014 Oscar contender, Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, for a November 15 release.

The film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role, based on Jordan Belfort's tell-all autobiography, is hitting theaters on a busy weekend that already includes the Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone boxing comedy Grudge Match, Ridley Scott's The Counselor written by Cormac McCarthy and the Wikileaks story The Fifth Estate starring Benedict Cumberbatch. I have to assume one of those films is going to have to move.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    I'm really looking forward to both The Counselor and The Wolf of Wall Street. Hopefully the late release date implies they'll be big Oscar contenders.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

      Two of my most anticipated films of the year. Hopefully one of them will move back to September or October to spread out the awesomeness.

  • http://Youtube.com/sandovaldrew Drew Sandoval

    So with the less-the-stellar word of mouth coming out of Hobbit 1, and the (cash grab) third film being pushed 5 months, can we assume the rest of these Hobbit films are in trouble?

    • AJ

      I'm not sure what you mean by "in trouble" in this case. I'm sure they want the films to be as well-regarded as possible, but while I haven't seen the first one personally, it did make just shy of one billion dollars at the box office worldwide. The studio has to be pretty happy with the box office potential of the remaining two films.

      I suppose that if they're really serious about getting that increased fps projection thing to catch on, that might be considered in trouble and need some scrambling to figure out what went wrong that made it less appealing.

      • adu

        The delay may also have something to do with additional material that will be filmed this summer.

        Despite the decision to make 3 films, not everything has been shot...including an epic battle people who have read the book will be familiar with. The book doesnt give much detail on it (which always annoyed me) but Jackson will surely make it spectacular.

  • http://hauntedbyhumans.wordpress.com Jesse

    So Wolf of Wall Street will be a big Oscar contender just like J. Edgar was going to be. Sure you can guess. I prefer to wait until a movie is out. I've just never seen a film where I thought Leo really knocked it out of the park. He's a good actor, just not great.

    • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

      I hope and pray The Wolf Of Wall Street is nothing like J Edgar, which is felt less than fondly of to put it nicely. In Marty S I trust though.

      • http://hauntedbyhumans.wordpress.com Jesse

        I hope so too. I think it will be much better as Marty is at the helm.

  • http://hauntedbyhumans.wordpress.com Jesse

    @Drew. No, we can't make that assumption. They will make loads of cash. This is the cash grab, not making it into a trilogy. I personally think it would have beaten X-Men

    • http://hauntedbyhumans.wordpress.com Jesse

      Sorry, I should clarify. Making it into a trilogy wasn't a cash grab, it was a creative decision that happened primarily because of Jackson's artistic vision, but was helped by the fact that more money would be made. The cash grab is moving it a few months.

  • Chris138

    I look forward to anything Martin Scorsese and Ridley Scott do so I can't wait until November 15th.

  • Winchester

    December feels like the correct release date for a Jackson LOTR film anyway. That July date just seemed wrong.

    I can't muster up huge enthusiasm for 'Wolf' right now. The basic synopsis and subject matter isn't floating my boat right now but I imagine nearer the time interest will probably increase.

  • adu

    Heck, I'm gonna be optimistic and say they pushed it to December because they see Oscar potential. There!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

    As far as wolf, counselor and the other films set for release the weekend of nov. 16, I agree, something will have to move. But if they are smart, they would be wise to avoid thanksgiving weekend. Catching Fire is set to release nov. 22.