Honestly, things are getting a bit ridiculous at this point. Director Peter Jackson is taking a fairly short novel and stretching it out across three films to tell the tale of The Hobbit. Most have been a little skeptical on the decision to split things up, if only because The Lord of the Rings trilogy was only made into three films (given extended cuts) and the source material was much denser.
Jackson has us all on edge with the latest announcement of a planned extended edition for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to hit home video right before The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug hits cinema screens worldwide. This is brilliant marketing on WB’s behalf, but is it too much for the viewers?
Will this be a true director’s extended cut or just a studio-forced cut to make more money?
Do we even need three films?
These are all questions I hope get answered when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters on December 14th, 2012.