Extended Edition Of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Coming Next Year

It has been confirmed that an extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released in the fourth quarter of 2013, while a new batch of t-shirt's offer us a new look at the Warg's, Goblin's of the Misty Mountains, Fimbul The Hunter and the Goblin King.

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By Josh Wilding - 10/4/2012
A press release issued by Warner Bros. today has confirmed that the studio has plans to release an extended version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, presumably to tie-in with the release of The Desolation of Smaug next year. With director Peter Jackson making the decision to turn the two films into a trilogy, you wouldn't think there would be enough footage left over for an extended edition, but this shouldn't come as too much as a surprise (especially as they proved to be extremely successful for the three The Lord of the Rings instalments). Below is an excerpt from the press release (via TheOneRing.net) and some new character designs on t-shirt's for An Unexpected Journey. Many thanks to Twitter's @JonasRJakobsen for the heads up.

And finally, among the new films you can expect on Blu-ray and DVD in 2013 are The Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas and – officially confirmed here for the first time – Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Extended Edition (Q4). One suspects a theatrical cut will be released earlier in 2013, following the home video release pattern of the previous Lord of the Rings films. And it’s reasonable to suspect that a Blu-ray 3D version will be forthcoming as well.















The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.


STARRING:

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
Andy Serkis as Gollum
Hugo Weaving as Elrond
Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug
Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman
Christopher Lee as Saruman the White
Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
Orlando Bloom as Legolas

RELEASE DATE: December 14th, 2012.


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TheAmazingSpiderMan47 - 10/4/2012, 12:15 PM
really ... we dont have that much money, why are they trying squeeze every dollar out of us ... damn you capitalism :)
Mrcool210 - 10/4/2012, 12:15 PM
-_-, they are really milking this, hey Warner bros, STOP, STOP IT
OdinsBeard - 10/4/2012, 12:23 PM
ok so whats the point of this one then?
BruceLeroy - 10/4/2012, 12:23 PM
Jesus, they are really milking this. No shame at all.
Carne - 10/4/2012, 12:24 PM
They did it with LOTR, so I don't see how this is milking.
Tomontherun99 - 10/4/2012, 12:26 PM
The Hobbit: An Expected double-dip release. Still super-excited for the movies and the extended releases though.
Rothwilder - 10/4/2012, 12:30 PM
Just because Jackson got LOTR right, it does not mean these will be done corrct. I wanted the latest trailer. Gimli added a good touch of humor in LOTR.

Having 12 Gimlis might swing the comedy too far over. Every scene in the trailer had some goofy laugh moment.
Rothwilder - 10/4/2012, 12:30 PM
Good god my typing sucks today. "correct" and watched not "wanted"
Rothwilder - 10/4/2012, 12:36 PM
It's milking. The book is a one day read....when I was five. They are taking crap from the appendices, etc.
MarvelChile - 10/4/2012, 12:43 PM
Mmm, PETER JACKSON the new GEORGE LUCA$
UltimaRex - 10/4/2012, 12:44 PM
Same here. I only ever buy Extended Cuts of Middle Earth films.
UltimaRex - 10/4/2012, 12:45 PM
Peter Jackson for JL BTW.
IrfonW - 10/4/2012, 12:54 PM
They've told us way in advanced, not like they waited until we got the theatrical copy on dvd. I'll be waiting for EE anyway, not like they're getting my money twice
TheAmazingSpiderMan47 - 10/4/2012, 1:20 PM
lemme be clear ... i would like an extended cut ... but they made a mistake letting people know that they would be releasing it... now ppl on this site at least wont bother with purchasing the theatrical version

sry for all the ppl who arnt nerds who will waste money on the theatrical version :P
superotherside - 10/4/2012, 1:22 PM
Cool. Probably will wait till extended edition.
Kaziganthi - 10/4/2012, 1:24 PM
It was kind of expected they would do the EE's on the Hobbit trilogy (surprising they have stuff left to add in!) since the EE LOTR was so well received, but at least they are letting us know oficially in advance. I wonder if it will be additional 20,30 minutes like it was last time.

I'll probably hold out for a massive LOTR/Hobbit blu-ray set of ALL the extended editions. I have the EE of LOTR on DVD but I haven't upgraded to blu-ray yet. Might as well wait until it's all out and put together nicely. I'll have to wait a few years but it is better than buying something multiple times.
SpideyQuad - 10/4/2012, 1:43 PM
Don't you naysayers understand you never can get justice with a two-hour movie adaption of a book. There's plenty to flesh out, without even mentioning what can be added from the appendixes.

Honestly, this site complains about everything. I learned a long time ago misery loves company. You guys are the most miserable lot I've ever seen. Is it a nerd thing? I don't understand because I'm pretty happy and I'm definitely a nerd (okay I admit a really cool nerd).

Seriously though, Jackson won't put out garbage especially here where he loves the source material so much. It'll be fine, calm down Beavis
Tony93 - 10/4/2012, 1:56 PM
I dont understand? how long with the extended edition be if its just the first film?
Tony93 - 10/4/2012, 1:57 PM
Um. I hope it doesnt feel too dragged on...
AC1 - 10/4/2012, 2:02 PM
they've already split it into three films, and while I can just about see how that would work regarding the book (the vast majority of the book would work as the first film, then the second and third would expand upon things that were sort of skimmed over at the end of the book), I really don't see how they can also release extended versions of each film.

To me, it was either two films with extended versions, or three films with no extended release. Now it just seems like they're milking it.
AC1 - 10/4/2012, 2:06 PM
@SpideyQuad that'd be a fair point, except that they're adapting a relatively small book (about 250 pages of story) into over 6 hours of film for the theatrical release, which could end up as 8 hours when the extended footage is incorporated. If it takes longer to watch the film than it does to read the book, then they're milking it in some way. And the Hobbit as a book could probably be read in about 3 hours from cover to cover if read at a decent pace.
HeadPool420 - 10/4/2012, 2:16 PM
Hmmm sounds like I'll be waiting to see this. I'm a patient man and would rather wait and pay to see the extended edition and watch the first release online.;)
FoxForce5 - 10/4/2012, 2:28 PM
If they do the running times like they did for LotR then we'll be looking at closer to 3-4 he's per film for the EEs, meaning that we'll end up with somewhere around another 11-12 he's, thus, about a 24 he's block to watch everything at home in one sitting (counting in bathroom breaks)... yeah, I can live with that...

***somebody help me; I clearly have issues***
FoxForce5 - 10/4/2012, 2:31 PM
* about a 24 hr. block
NOT "about a 24 he's block" -damn you auto correct and no "edit" button in CBM!
devil - 10/4/2012, 2:36 PM
i got lord of the rings special extended dvd edition i will be buying the bul-ray box set soon off this
Tomontherun99 - 10/4/2012, 2:46 PM
@SpideyQuad I know what you mean! Almost everything posted on this site is called crap or just generally met with disdain unless it happens to be about the MCU, but even then the hate emerges for something as silly as changing the color of Iron Man's armor
GrayMatter - 10/4/2012, 3:03 PM
So let's see...

I bought each of the theatrical edition DVD's of the LOTR movies on the first day of release. Then I managed to hold out on all further releases until I picked up the extended edition Blu-Ray's.

At least now I know not to buy ANY of the Hobbit movies, and it's pretty obvious that I need to hold out until they eventually release the massive set that contains the theatrical and extended editions of all six movies. So while I'll at least only have to buy the Hobbit movies once, I'll have bought the LOTR movies 3 times.

Freakin' hell, this is turning into the Star Wars fiasco.
DioFoRio - 10/4/2012, 3:33 PM
when the third hobbit movie comes around and they have the inevitable 6 movie marathon including all the extended scenes they will proba..........


sorry I fell asleep just thinking about it.
GrayMatter - 10/4/2012, 4:16 PM
@yossarian - Not in in the north-western part of Middle-Earth where basically all of Tolkien's stories take place.

But since Tolkien's works are sort of supposed to be a quasi mythology/history of the world, I believe it's generally assumed that there are black people in the south-east of Middle-Earth.

But there's basically no mention of anything that happens in that part of Middle-Earth in anything that Tolkien's written. As far as I know, the only real mention of it is that the two Blue Wizards went there but were then never heard from or seen again.
AnditsOn1 - 10/4/2012, 4:23 PM
It's almost a no-brainer that this will happen.
bhorwith22 - 10/4/2012, 5:58 PM
With director Peter Jackson making the decision to turn the two films into a trilogy, you wouldn't think there would be enough footage left over for an extended edition.


He is turning the two films into a trilogy by making another film, not by splitting the two films into three. Why do you think it is taking another two years to come out? There will be as much footage available for extended editions as there was when they were only making two Hobbit films.
Eduardo - 10/4/2012, 6:03 PM
Well, remember all those articles mentioning WB was hoping Green Lantern (and the rest of the DC heroes) would be the new cash cow to replace the Harry Potter saga?

Meet Plan B.
Facade - 10/4/2012, 6:12 PM
I was slightly disappointed by the theatrical versions of LOTR because I felt so much of the book was left out. The extended versions are the ONLY way to watch the trilogy! I'm looking forward to the theatrical release of The Hobbit TRILOGY, but knowing there will be even more material available for an extended version has me even more excited! I wish I would have bought the 3D 60" TV now :(
Maximus101 - 10/4/2012, 7:27 PM
Same crap into a new movie lol
lokibane2012 - 10/4/2012, 7:43 PM
Why the [frick] is everyone complaining about extended editions? This isn't like Twilight splitting it's one book of nothing into two. It is LOTR tradition to release three long ass movies for the theater (for the LOTR fans and the general audience), and three ungodly longer films for DVD (purely for the LOTR fans).

And these three films aren't just sourced from the Hobbit. They are sourced from The Silmarillion and endless Tolkien notes too.

If you are a die-hard LOTR fan, you should be grateful for all the content we'll have. If you are a casual LOTR fan or a member of the general audience, the ridiculously long extended versions are not for you, stay with the theatrical cuts. If you can't stand Tolkien's work, then what the [frick] are you whining about? Nobody's asking you to shell out any money for anything.
Boekelaar - 10/4/2012, 9:53 PM
I'm not a die hard fan of LOTR and have only read the Hobbit but I still love my extended edition DVDs. I'm also planning on buying the theatrical cuts on blu ray because sometimes I don't wanna watch that much LOTR. I'll probably do something similar with the Hobbit. Get the theatrical when it comes out and then when they release the extended cut in one box set I'll then buy that.

And someone said that Jackson wasn't splitting the film up and filming more stuff? I haven't heard or read any info about that. I think it's taking so long to come out because they're releasing one film a year just like with LOTR. My only fear is that the movie doesn't play as three films and seems like it's been cut up. Like with Star Wars or LOTR you feel like each film is one whole story that when you put them together makes one larger story. I'd hate for The Hobbit to feel like 2 movies stretched across three or even one movie stretched across three. That said I have faith in Jackson.
lokibane2012 - 10/4/2012, 10:10 PM
^Yeah, that's cool.

Point is: you don't have to get the Extended cut if you don't want to. Nobody's forcing.
Greenlantern1417 - 10/4/2012, 10:57 PM
How can there be an extended edition of a movie that is one book broken into three parts? A shorter book at that? If you can't get every single bit of that book and then some into 3 movies....you've failed.
Boekelaar - 10/4/2012, 11:11 PM
@lokibane2012 yeah totally agree. The extended is for people who want it, it's Peter Jackson and co making a version of the movie that's not for mainstream audiences. It's not about money making which this article proves because they wouldn't have announced it so early if it was. This is to get fans excited and if anything will hurt the sales of the theatrical release blu ray and dvd.
People should be more grateful as not many film makers do this for their fans.
Sparrowsabre7 - 10/5/2012, 3:09 AM
@ACira

I 100% agree. I was angry they were doing 3, but I figured, if it means no extended editon that's fine, but thise now means that the film will have 9 releases, when it was originally to be 4 (2 films, 2 DVDs).

I fully expect the Amazon page to be bombed with bad reviews like the theatrical LOTR blu-ray.
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