"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" might be hitting theaters on December 14, but don't think that's all there is to see of the first part of Bilbo Baggins' adventure.
Warner Bros. has announced as part of the studio's 90th anniversary line-up that an extended edition of "An Unexpected Journey" will hit store shelves during the fourth quarter of 2013. Our guess is that the film will likely come out around the holiday season and will likely be tied in with the release of the second "The Hobbit" film, "The Desolation of Smaug."
We have no idea how director Peter Jackson has any extra scenes for this collection. He's already stretched "The Hobbit" from two to three movies because he had a longer story that he wanted to tell, but we're impressed that he has even more deleted scenes that he feels he can add to that. We're just clueless as to what they could possibly be.
Hopefully there are as many behind-the-scenes featurettes as the "Lord of the Rings" extended editions had, because those are details we love to know. How great would a documentary explaining what happened in the time between when "The Lord of the Rings" wrapped and "The Hobbit" finally started shooting be? It would give Guillermo del Toro a chance to be more of a part of "The Hobbit" universe, as he almost directed the movie(s) himself.
Our other hope is that Warner Bros. designs "The Hobbit" extended editions to fit together alongside the ones we have for "The Lord of the Rings." It's very likely that these will be released on Blu-ray or in a Blu-ray/DVD set, but we just want them to look and be styled like the boxes we already have sitting on our shelves. That doesn't seem like it's too much to ask.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is due in theaters on December 14, 2012. "The Desolation of Smaug" will hit theaters on December 13, 2013 with "There and Back Again" following on July 18, 2014.
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