Final ‘The Hobbit’ movie pushed back to December 2014

'The Hobbit: There And Back Again' was originally scheduled to arrive the previous July

The third and final film in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit trilogy has been pushed back six months.

The Hobbit: There And Back Again was originally scheduled to open in cinemas on July 18, 2014, but will now arrive six months later on December 17, 2014. As Deadline notes, this takes the film out of competition with X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which is also due in July 2014.

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy will now span a full two years, with a new movie arriving in three consecutive Decembers. The first instalment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, opened on December 12 last year and has now taken a shade under $980 million worldwide, making it the 15th highest-grossing movie ever.

The second film, The Desolation Of Smaug, will follow on December 13 this year before the trilogy concludes with There And Back Again in December 2014.

Jackson originally planned to adapt JRR Tolkien’s classic novel over two movies, before announcing last July (2012) that the story would be extended to a trilogy. The films star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and boast a bumper ensemble cast including Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis and Cate Blanchett.