When Peter Jackson announced he was turning The Hobbit into a trilogy there were outcries of dismay across the interwebz. How could there be enough content for three movies!? How much more filming will a third flick require!? Hasn’t Jackson already filmed everything he possibly could, what with the Lords of the Rings Trilogy already containing each their own extended edition!? Of course, there was also a pretty loud cry of, “Fuck yeah!” because many of us would deny nothing of Jackson when it comes to bringing Tolkien’s works to screen.
We can now report we’ll be getting even more out of The Hobbit than a trilogy, we’ll be getting a trilogy also with its own set of extended editions. That’s right, somehow after announcing the two movies, An Unexpected Journey and There and Back Again, would become three with the addition of The Desolation of Smaug there’s enough footage left over to create extended editions. I’m now under the impression all they do in New Zealand is film these movies. Their entire economy must be steeped in the success of Middle Earth. Which I totally buy judging from their tourism ads.
The release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Extended Edition will coincide with the release of the second Hobbit movie next December and was confirmed by Warner Bros. today in a press release announcing a whole slate of content celebrating the studio’s 90th anniversary. Here’s The Hobbit snippet courtesy of TheOneRing.net,
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.
Variety has a post detailing everything revealed in WB’s press release, including a 3D release of The Wizard of Oz. I know, I know, is nothing sacred anymore?
What say you bastards? Are you shocked there’ll be extended editions for The Hobbit Trilogy?
But looking to the near future and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘s theatrical release there’s a new game you can play at the official website called, “Riddles in the Dark.” It’s, you’ve guessed it, a chance to test your skills against Gollum’s riddles. In The Hobbit, Biblo’s interactions with Gollum are a small chunk of the story and consist mostly of Gollum asking riddles of Bilbo in a cave. We’ve seen that for sure in the trailers, but what’s unclear is how large a role will Gollum play in the trilogy. Will they increase his importance or are they only using his scenes to promote the film because he’s obviously the most familiar character ? Who knows! We won’t know for sure until An Unexpected Journey releases December 14th. But in the meantime take a swing at solving Gollum’s tricksy riddles or even submit your own.