Earlier today Warner Bros. and IMAX announced that they have completed a deal to release up to 20 Warner Bros. films in IMAX over the course of the next three and a half years (from 2010 through 2013). The films include, among others, both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films, Batman 3, and the Superman reboot.
This announcement was good news for comic book movie fans, as Warner Bros. made it official that we will be seeing the third Batman outing in either 2012 or 2013. Tolkien fans, however, were greeted with the prospect of having to wait more than 3 years for the The Hobbit, as the press release listed the release date as 2013.
Over recent months we’ve been hearing about how MGM’s financial situation is preventing The Hobbit from getting the greenlight, and while a December 2011 release seems unlikely at this point, fans were still hoping for a 2012 release. Would we now have to wait until 2013 to return to Middle Earth?!
Luckily for us, it was just an error. From Heat Vision:
“The Hobbit” is coming to theaters sooner than you think, but later than you initially thought. Let’s clear it up.
Warner Bros. is scheduling Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro’s two-part adaptation of “The Hobbit” for December 2012 and December 2013. While the project is taking a bit longer than the filmmakers anticipated, it is now on track for 2012 — rather than the 2013 date mentioned in the Imax release.
The second movie’s script was turned in to the studio a couple of weeks ago, and all parties are starting to break down the financials for the movies now.
Warners moved quickly to set the calendar straight in the wake of the Imax release, and by midday, the giant-screen-format company said it was going to send out a correction, officially making 2012 the new date for the first “Hobbit” movie.
So if all goes well things could look like this:
Summer 2012: Batman 3
December 2012: The Hobbit: Part 1
Summer 2013: Superman: Man of Steel
December 2013: The Hobbit: Part 2