In all seriousness, though, this announcement makes it seem as if the film series, whose last two parts will be directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls, Candyman 2), is so cocky that it's determined to drag out its franchise for as long as it can. Compare Summit Entertainment's release strategy with Warner Brothers' plans for the last two film installments of Harry Potter. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is slated for a November 19, 2010 release date while Part 2 is scheduled to come out July 15, 2011. Breaking Dawn, Part 1, on the other hand, comes out November 18th, 2011.
Cocky? Maybe. But consider this: As it stands, the summer of 2012 will see The Avengers, Spider-Man and Batman 3 all hit theaters within a three-month span. Summit may be cocky, but they also may be wanting to stay the hell away from those three blockbusters ... and, well, we don't blame them. What about you?