The extended editions of the three installments of “The Hobbit Trilogy” will be shown in theaters this fall. The news follows the announcement made on August 25 regarding the launch of the Blu-ray version of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition.”
Fathom Events, New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Brothers Pictures have announced that they are holding an event in which each of the films in the trilogy will be played in succession over the course of three evenings: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition” on October 5, 2015, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition” on October 7, 2015, and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition” on October 13, 2015.
CEO of Fathom Events John Rubey has expressed enthusiasm about the project. “We are excited to give fans the first chance to see the extended editions of this trilogy in cinemas,” he said, according to Variety. “The incredible cinematography and action in each feature will be even better on the bigscreen and will give ‘Hobbit’ fans a chance to binge-watch as a community.”
For the first time, fans can watch all three extended editions in theaters. The event will also showcase the premiere of the “Battle of the Five Armies” extended edition. Before each screening, fans can expect to see a unique introduction from the director, writer, and producer of the films, Peter Jackson. Jackson has received three Academy Awards for his work on “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”
“The Hobbit” trilogy tells the tale of the journey undertaken by Middle-earth’s creatures set sixty years prior to The Lord of the Rings. The films have been nominated for seven Academy Awards.
According to Slash Film, the movies will each run around thirteen to thirty minutes longer that their original counterparts. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will lengthen its running time from the original 169 minutes to an extended 182 minutes. The second installment, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” will be 186 minutes long, more than its previous run of 161 minutes. Finally, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” will have a 30-minute extension, increasing its screen time from the theatrical version’s 144 minutes to 174 minutes. The extended versions of the J.R.R. Tolkien film adaptations will be shown in five hundred theaters all over the United States.