Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:26:04 GMT | By Reuters

Final movie in 'Hobbit' trilogy moves to December 2014

Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again' will hit screens in December 2014.

Final movie in 'Hobbit' trilogy moves to December 2014 (© Rex Features)

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

'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 is scheduled to reach theaters 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 $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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