This is ridiculous! How can anyone expect to turn a tidy profit with The Hobbit if they release it in the fourth quarter of 2012? The world will be ending, people! You won't get any repeat business!

Buried within a Variety article about the restructuring of New Line (and thanks to Coming Soon for culling this tidbit from it), studio head Alan Horn oh-so-casually mentions that the first of the two Hobbit movies probably won't hit theaters until winter of 2012. The previous release dates were December 2011 and December 2012.

As much as I love Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, I'm finding it difficult to work up any enthusiasm for The Hobbit and all of these delays only drive that point home. I feel like a little kid in the backseat of the car during a family vacation to a dull destination: "Are we there yet? Is this movie coming out yet?" Not even Guillermo del Toro in the director's chair is grabbing my interest. I almost feel guilty for my lack of enthusiasm.

I want to be excited for this. I can't wait for that first trailer to arrive and for me to eat my words, but right now, I just wish del Toro was making At the Mountains of Madness or his Frankenstein or any of the dozen or so films he has lined up. The years spent on The Hobbit are robbing us of several potential del Toro masterpieces.

And then the world will end in 2012 and we'll get no more del Toro films ever. Thanks for nothing, New Line.
categories Movies, Sci-Fi