The third and final Hobbit film, There and Back Again was originally scheduled to come out in July 2014 but it has now has been pushed back to December of the same year. After The Hobbit was split from two films to three the plan for their release was reminiscent of other films split in half like Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows, with one released in the winter and the follow up released in summer. Now the release dates are reminiscent of Peter Jackson’s original Lord of the Rings trilogy, one released every December for three years.
This means that Jackson will have a few extra months to polish the film, good news for everyone. With the film split into three films instead of just two, there will need to be some additional filming done so extra time is always a plus.
It’s also good for New Line because The Hobbit will no longer have to compete in a crowded July which already has X-Men: Days of Future Past, the Despicable Me minions spin-off and Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland. December on the other hand is much more accommodating, The Hobbit 3’s new release date, December 17th is currently unoccupied.