No one expected "The Hobbit" any time soon. In fact, the delays had become almost comical. But now comes word that we won't see hide nor hair of Bilbo et al. for three years.
In a press release announcing the studio's upcoming slate of IMAX films, Warner Bros.' casually mentions that "The Hobbit" will be out in December of 2013.
This may come as news to Andy Serkis, who just told E Online that shooting is about to start.
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"It's going to happen," Serkis told E! "I think it's due to start shooting in May. It's going be exciting, especially working with [new director] Guillermo del Toro, who's fantastic."
Who knows? Last month it wa Ian McKellen announcing on his blog that shooting was to start in July.
The good news is that Warner is planning to release both "Batman 3" and "Superman" between 2011 ans 2013, as well.
Also getting the IMAX treatment is Alfonso Cuaron's 3D space epic "Gravity," starring Robert Downey Jr as a member of a team sent to repair the Hubble Telescope, and "Dark Shadows," starring Johnny Depp as a the vampire Barnabas Collin.
Finally, "Fury Road," the fourth installment in the Mad Max legend is due as well, starring Nicholas Hoult, who was recently in "Clash of the Titans."
The other release dates are "Legends of the Guardian: The Owls of Ga'Hoole 3D" (Sept. 24, 2010); "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (3D)" (Nov. 19, 2010); "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (3D)" (July 15, 2011); "Happy Feet 2 (3D)" (Nov. 18, 2011).