His work in repetition and stalling have already stretched a simple tale into a three-film deal, and now lengthening innovator Peter Jackson has figured a way to pad The Hobbit into a three-year affair as well. His secret? Post-production delays.
Once scheduled for a July 18, 2014 release, The Hobbit: There and Back Again has now reportedly been bumped to December 17--like the upcoming Desolation of Smog, heading to theaters a full year after its predecessor. The move means the trilogy closer is no longer going up against the summer competition of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now no nerd must be forced choose between the sci-fi time travel of mutants and the variously-grounded time travel of "Oh, I guess we're just going watch to these dwarves walk for a few minutes now."