Director Peter Jackson and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced that the worldwide premiere for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will take place in New Zealand in late November 2012:
“I think Warner Bros in particular were blown away by the Return of the King premiere – no one in the international industry could quite believe how the country got behind that,” Sir Peter said today.
“I think everyone involved is quite keen to let New Zealand have the premiere of the first Hobbit movie based on the reception that we had for the last Lord Of The Rings movie.”
“If you think about the premiere and how large it was for Return of the King, it’s going to be the same in 2012,” said Key. “You can see from the All Blacks with the ticker-tape parade, Wellingtonians and New Zealanders love coming out and celebrating a great news story. And this is a really good news story for New Zealand.”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on December 14, 2012.cember 14, 2012. The Hobbit: There and Back Again will follow on December 13, 2013.