‘The Hobbit 3,’ ‘Kick Ass 2,’ and ‘2 Guns’ Do the Release Date Shuffle

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The bad news is, you’ll need to buy a new calendar — you were so excited to learn about the release dates of all of your favorite upcoming movies, you didn’t realize that permanent ink was too bold a choice for the notations on that cats-dressed-as-townspeople planner you got gratis from the dry cleaners (you really should have learned after that whole Man of Steel fiasco). The worse news is, you’ll have to wait an additional five months for the conclusion of Peter Jackson’s Bilbo Baggins trilogy, The Hobbit: There and Back Again. But the good news: at least you’ll get 2 Guns a couple of weeks earlier. So that’s… something.

Thursday evening saw a slew of new release dates for the second half of 2013 go public, plucking two of the summer’s anticipated titles from their slated releases. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Universal’s Kick-Ass 2, originally planned to hit theaters in June, has been moved to Aug. 16, where the superhero flick’s dark comic sensibility’s will compete with the supremely cast coming-of-age comedy The to Do List and the next installment of the percy Jackson series.

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Meanwhile, a former occupant of the Aug. 16 spot will find itself releasing two weeks earlier: 2 Guns, the Denzel Washington/Mark Wahlberg film, also from Universal, has been relocated to Aug. 2, facing fellow action-heavy entries, the sequels of 300 and 2010’s RED.

And although this isn’t expected to affect its July 19 release date, Universal also plans to translate its supernatural crime comedy R.I.P.D. to 3D.

Later on in the year, we’ll see Martin Scorsese’s next jaunt vying for the awards attention it is likely to attract: Paramount’s The Wolf of Wall Street, the director’s Leonardo DiCaprio-starring biopic of infamous white collar criminal Jordan Belford, is hitting theaters on Nov. 15 — the heat of Oscar-bait season. 

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In the longer term, Warner Bros. has new plans for The Hobbit: There and Back Again, which has shifted most dramatically from its July 18, 2014 position to Dec. 17, 2014, in keeping with the releases of its predecessors (An Unexpected Journey hit Dec. 14 of 2012, Desolation of Smaug will take to theaters on Dec. 13, 2013).

But we’re thinking we might mark these new dates in pencil… and  maybe we’ll go for a penguins-wearing-top-hats calendar theme this time around.

Follow Michael Arbeiter on Twitter @MichaelArbeiter.

[Photo Credit: Warner Bros.]

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