Extended Edition of 'The Hobbit' Already in the Works for Late 2013?
Briefly: We don't cover DVD news on FS, but because I am a Hobbit/LOTR maniac, and we're all patiently waiting to see what Peter Jackson has cooked up this December, I thought this was interesting nonetheless. Movies.com got their hands on a Warner Bros home entertainment 2013 guide, and besides mention of The Dark Knight Rises "Ultimate Collector's Edition", there's already a confirmed listing in Q4 (e.g. late) 2013 for an Extended Edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. While most of us assumed the "extra footage" Peter Jackson is filming might be spread out to turn this story into a trilogy, it looks like he has a LOT of extra footage. Enough, presumably, to make Extended Editions of all three The Hobbit movies.
Admittedly, I am a big fan of the Extended Editions of Lord of the Rings. I've sat through multiple 13-hour viewing sessions of all three 4-hour movies back-to-back and relished every last second of the experience. I'm still excited to see what PJ gives us, and how much of the journey we get in An Unexpected Journey this December. But I'm sure I'll be looking forward to the Extendeds anyway. Stay up-to-date with Hobbit news.
Update: Here comes the denial. Warner Bros has now issued a statement (via TheOneRing.net) following the spread of this news that unconfirms an Extended Edition. Here's what they've released: "In the recently distributed calendar included in the Warner Bros. 90th Anniversary press kit, there was an erroneous mention of an Extended Edition release for The Hobbit film. This product has not been confirmed yet and we apologize for any confusion." Of course it hasn't been concerned, because Peter Jackson is still trying to finish up An Unexpected Journey before he begins thinking about the Extended Edition. We still expect to see it anyway, but we probably won't hear anything about it until the first Hobbit movie hits theaters first.